Yarn question

question about yarn.

I read that acrylic yarns can be murder on your hands? What’s that about?

Would organic cotton make ok baby socks or would there not be enough stretch?

My son’s teacher is having a baby this summer and I want to make a lightweight, but very soft blanket and some socks.

Any help would be appreciated.:mrgreen:

Lightweight but soft? Hmmm. I would say Superwash Merino Wool would be MY first choice. Yes, acrylic yarns are murder to MY hands at least. I use them for donations because they are washable and such. Superwash Merino Wool is the way to go. Hope this helps! :mrgreen:

What do they do to your hands? I guess I haven’t been knitting long enough to experience this! So far, all I’ve worked with has been acrylic and I haven’t had any issues (yet).

Really stupid question, but what does the acrylic do to your hands? I’m thinking small cuts? I could be way off, but it doesn’t sound pleasant.

Thanks for the yarn suggestions. I will be looking to add that to my growing order.:wink:

Everyone has different experiences with acrylic. If you knit tightly that may hurt your hands from tension. I don’t have a problem, but some may be rougher than others. Many are softer than regular wool. Blends are nice; I just got some Bernat Alpaca which is 30% alpaca, the rest is acrylic. Mmmmmm soooo sooooofffft…

And cotton acrylic/wool acrylic blends are nice too and machine washable.
Knit with what feels good to you.

Suzeeq is right. Knit with what feels good to you. The only type of acrylic that I found to be murder is the hard, stiffer stuff. It scratches up my hands and theyre all calloused and yellow (ew!) in some places.

OK, guys, to clarify a little bit… acrylic yarns are NOT all created equal for one and second, they won’t cut your hands it’s just that some seem rougher (almost like those green scrubbies).
I have found an acrylic/nylon blend yarn that is almost (almost but not quite) like knitting with alpaca. It’s softer than some of my more expensive wool. Of course I am gonna toot about it cause it does come from a local place here in Colorado but it knits up very nicely, comes in lightweight worsted and other weights, they also carry wool and some of the funkiest novelty yarns on the planet.
Dark Horse Yarnsin Commerce City, CO And yes, you can order online.

They look like nice yarns.

Thank you for the nice link. I bookmarked the page.:waving:

I have never heard this before. But I would have to say that IMHO, it makes no sense what so ever. I mean, take something like Caron’s 100% acrylic Simply Soft and compare it to the 100% wool Noro? Although the problem with the latter could of course be due to the twigs and other foliage it’s infamous for. But think of Lopi compared to Lion Brand Fun Fur, and I just can’t think why someone said that acrylic is harder on your hands.
But given that this project is for a baby, here would be my suggestion-- no wool! Babies can be allergic to it, the cleaning is often more complicated, and new parents need to be able to throw it in the washing machine on a regular basis-- sometimes daily, knowing how infants have no control over either end of the their digestive tracts:) . Actually, the aforementioned Simply Soft is an excellent bet, quite cheap, and with many lines within that name. It’ll work for socks as well, and babies’ feet don’t sweat, so it would still be a good choice.

Hmm, never thought about a wool allergy before. I have some ideas now, thanks to you ladies. Now to see if it’s a boy or a girl. I’m hoping for pink so I can use girlie colors. :wink:

You better stick with machine washable for baby items.
There are plenty of soft acrylics.

Even Red Heart Super Saver softens up some after washing (and fabric softener helps).

I don’t have a problem with acrylics and my hands and I’ve gone through a single Super Saver skein in a long day crocheting and have gone through Super Saver skeins every 3 days for long periods of time.

As much as I’ve come to prefer wool or blends, I’ve never had an acrylic ‘hurt’ my hands, nor have I heard about anyone getting hurt. It does feel different to knit with, but there’s no pain involved–just personal preference.

For baby things, I always go with machine washable as much as possible. Nobody has the time to hand wash with a new baby in the house.:teehee: There are some wonderfully soft, beautifully washable baby yarns out there.

Yes, washability is a must. I remember those baby spit up days all to well.
I guess I will hit my local craft store and see what feels good and is pretty. I just can’t wait to start.
Thanks for the input on the acrylic. Some other ladies on another site made it sound like my hands would be hurting and to beware of using acrylic.

Oh THAT’S the problem-- they aren’t knittinghelp people!:rofl:

Probably not, Knitty, I think it’s the bunch I ran into discussing whether or not some lady who owns n LYS should stock acrylic.
OMG!!! And we’ll just leave it at that.

Oh! I’ve been reading that thread too, and jumped in a couple times…

:rofl: No it wasn’t from here.

O suz didn’t some of those ladies just make ya wanna choke em with a skein of redheart? :twisted: OMG how arrogant can someone be?
I love working with natural yarns but I also like some of the acrylics too. They are getting better. I remember those old “wintuk& sayelle” yarns OMG ya’ll could scrub your pots n pans with that stuff. Dang I have 5 large rubbermaid tubs full of the acrylic stuff. I also inherited some from my MIL when she passed and she actually does have some of the ol’ wintuk with the labels intact. Museum pieces now. LOL:roflhard:

Different people have different hands that react to different things. I know someone who can’t knit with red wool, doesn’t matter what brand. If it doesn’t bother you when you squeeze it in the store, it is not likely to bother you when you knit.

On another topic, a lot of people don’t like acrylic for babies; in the event of a fire it will melt and adhere to the skin. Fabric softener will only make it worse; apparently fabric softener increases a fabric’s flammability. Wool is supposedly naturally flame resistant; I’ve never tried it, but it is apparently very difficult to set wool on fire.