My HOMESPUN yarn experience :-(

I made a cabled bag out of that yarn…it’s all fuzzy now, but I still love it :smiley:

I have made three scarves with Homespun, but I also used Fun Fur yarn with it. The Homespun added weight, warmth, texture and great color, and I guess the Fun Fur hides the pills because I’ve never noticed any.

However, the scarves are heavy and HOT (and I’m talking about temperature). I don’t think the yarn ‘breathes’ at all. Even though the scarves are very pretty to look at, I don’t want to wear them!

Hi! :waving:

A young woman who attends our congregation has a Homespun shawl that she drags to every service. It is a garter stitch shawl, with fringe, that was knit as a gift to her by an elderly lady who also attends our congregation.

Long story short…the young woman is very slender and her legs and knees get cold in the air-conditioning. (I swear…it is always the “suits” who set the temp gauge!)

Her shawl/lap blankie looks pretty good, and I asked her how it stays so nice…does she cut the pills off’n it after washing?

Guess what? She DOESN’T wash it. It just stays in her car…and goes into services, sits on her lap…and goes back out to wait in the car til next services.

So, maybe THAT IS THE SECRET!

Knit all you want with Homespun…just [U]don’t wash and[/U] [U]tumble dry![/U] :eyebrow:

I guess I can see that. I haven’t washed my LB-HS shawl either and it hasn’t pilled. However, what about the stretching? It still sheds on me, and the fringe? :ick: Hmmmm… :think:

YUP…stretching is just another one of the qualities!

I think I know why it “GROWS” aka stretching.

Notice how ‘curly’ the strands seem? I think as the curls relax or fall out…the garment ‘grows’…

When the garment is a sweater, the body’s perspiration, even if slight…causes the yarn to relax and stretch.

Kinda like a woman with shoulder length curly hair …when she gets it wet, it can reach the middle of her back.

If a shawl stretches it [I]might not[/I] be a critical. But, it could…if you wanted the shawl to look like a shawl…not a sarape! :pout:

Good point!! I have that same issue: When my hair is dry, it’s just touching my shoulder; when wet, it looks nearly 7 or 8 inches longer. Now why didn’t I make that connection with homespun?? :doh: :teehee: Ah well, I still will likely never buy it again. But I still have a few skeins of it in the stash that I haven’t figure out what to make with it. :think:

Hey Michelle!
http://www.snugglesproject.org
Here’s a great site with neato patterns for items to give to cute little animals awaiting homes. I’m currently in the middle of crocheting 2 snuggle tubbies. It’s so much fun making these, knowing that they’ll go to keep some kitties warm and feeling safe.

Thanks Leslie!

That is a great site. I’ve got it bookmarked for future reference.

Michelle

Hi! :waving:

I clicked the link, and saw the wonderful mission statement! How cool!

QUICK QUESTION regarding the animal shelters…do they use and re-use the “snuggles” for the different animals coming into the shelter…or do they throw out the snuggle when the animal leaves the shelter?

I am wondering about the transfer of canine and feline parvovirus from animal to animal through the use and re-use of the snuggles for multiple animals.

Does anyone know what animal shelter policy is?

I can’t imagine a shelter would reuse a “snuggle” without washing it first. :think: Surely proper laundering should alleviate the worry of transmission??:??

When I was kid, we tried to adopt a stray puppy. As it turned out, the puppy had parvo. We took the puppy and our dog (who we’d had for years) to vet. The vet claimed she couldn’t do anything for the puppy and euthanized him. (I was a kid, so I don’t remember how much resistance or effort was put forth to save him the puppy.) We then went home and washed everything in the house and bleached the back yard; it had to have worked because our other dog didn’t get sick. Also, I’ve read that parvo can’t be transmitted cross-species - a cat can get it from a dog or vice versa. It’s wiki though, so who knows if it really true?

I didn’t know that the snuggles are being donated for cats only. You are right: Canine parvo and feline parvo are independent diseases, and a dog can’t pass his parvo to a cat, and vice versa.

However, your family dog may have been protected through his shots. Parvo is included in the series of puppy shots and booster shots.

Hi’ya!

I spoke with our VET…and asked about the transmission of feline distemper and/or parvovirus from cat-to-cat through the use and re-use of the snuggle blankies.

She said, “due to the high contagiousness of parvo and distemper…only EXTREME BLEACHING could remove the diseases from any surface or any [U]thing[/U], such as the blankets”. She recommends [U]tossing out[/U] any blanket on which a cat (with either of the two diseases) had laid upon since EXTREME BLEACHING would ruin the snuggle, and regular laundering will not remove the disease from the blankets.

In an animal shelter, there are so many unknowns. A cat can be fostering a disease without obvious symptoms being displayed…but, the snuggle would retain the disease nonetheless.

I would recommend that any animal shelter use brand new donated snuggles for each cat that comes in…and if the cat is adopted, send the snuggle home with the cat…if the new owner wants something that was used in an animal shelter, which I doubt.

Anyhoo, I am sure that any animal shelter is “up on their stuff” with regards to disease transmission. They probably do discard the snuggle after a one-cat-use…or send it home with the cat.

These Homespun snuggles (or any-yarn snuggles) are the most worthwhile charity knitting I have heard of! So generous and thoughtful! We need more animal lovers like these knitters! :heart:

When my mom and I learned how to knit, she knit me a sweater, i think it was in this yarn. I’ve only worn it a few times and it’s all stretched out an pill-y. I feel bad for not wearing it very much (only round the house in winter) but it really doesn’t fit me anymore because of how stretched out it got.