Wool

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Wool

I don't know how many of you read the Yarn Harlot, but somehow I missed this until now. She writes about the benefits of wool. I don't think I realized that it was naturally flame resistant. I'll definitely reconsider it for baby knits other than soakers and longies.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2008/01/07/in_praise_of_cheap_wool.html

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Im pretty sure it is also antimicrobial and also is good for your skin. Gotta love that!

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And if it is taken care of soft as ever. I was never allergic to the expensive stuff just the scratchy stuff, so i had to do without until i lived in Europe. DOes anyone know where to get wool with lanolin still in for soakers? I use to get it in GErmany made specially for soakers.

loveya

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Not sure where you can get it still in. But you can use any wool (avoid supper wash) and just lanolize them when they are all knitted up.

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Lots of yarn out there still has lanolin in it. Some nice yarn to search for is BFL (blue faced leichester or something, BLF is good enough). I recently ordered Riverstone Peruvian from Hello Yarn (worsted weight) that is so soft and squishy. It's nice and not too expensive, $11 + shipping for 8oz.

Janel

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I have some yarn from Hello Yarn. It's undyed 100% peruvian wool -- awaiting my first koolaid or wilton's dye self experiment.

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"skat130" wrote:

I have some yarn from Hello Yarn. It's undyed 100% peruvian wool -- awaiting my first koolaid or wilton's dye self experiment.

Katie, I just dyed some of this yesterday. Unfortunately, I was over optimistic about how much yarn I could fit in (dyeing with Mason jars) and the black Cherry turned out pink in some places. So be sure to give your yarn plenty of room.

I'm interested to hear out the Wilton dye turns out. Do you use the gel dyes? I'm wanting blues and browns, and you just can't get Koolaid to do that!

Janel

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

Katie, I just dyed some of this yesterday. Unfortunately, I was over optimistic about how much yarn I could fit in (dyeing with Mason jars) and the black Cherry turned out pink in some places. So be sure to give your yarn plenty of room.

I'm interested to hear out the Wilton dye turns out. Do you use the gel dyes? I'm wanting blues and browns, and you just can't get Koolaid to do that!

Janel

I've heard the Wilton dyes seperate during the dye process so you get a slightly varigated yarn color (I forget what that's called) but it looks really neat and hand-dyed. Here, look at this flickr picture from a favorite knit designer and newbie CD mom (also on ravelry)http://www.flickr.com/photos/nate_and_stef_japel/2148090596/in/set-72157601715163429/

I bought some Wilton dye for DS's birthday cake but didn't use it. I still have it and was thinking of using it instead of kool-aid. Though, mine is the frosting dye. I'm not sure if there's a difference between the cake dyes (?) and frosting dyes.

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ooh, pretty. I don't think there is such thing as "cake dye" and what you have is the right thing. There is powered versus gell, and also liquid. I assume yours is gell.

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