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knitafew
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Posted - 02/27/2011 :  11:14:29 AM  Show Profile Send knitafew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings, I read through many fantastic yarn articles here at KR and would love any tips & hints about steering clear of itchy yarn. I love natural fibers but some are so darn itchy!

Thanks
Chloe

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Shelia
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Posted - 02/28/2011 :  11:07:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know what you mean by asking, but my take on itchiness is that it's a very individually subjective thing. Especially with commercial garments, I've suffered a lot from itchy sweaters over the years, but I generally don't have a problem with most knitting yarns and types of wool. It also differs depending on where I'll be wearing the woolen garment - my feet don't really have a lot of sensitivity, but the back of my neck can still react to a wool scarf, depending on the yarn. I think Clara does a great job of giving us enough information that we can make some choices of options then test out the feel of the wool on our own skin.

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Consuelo
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Posted - 02/28/2011 :  2:57:00 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, merino wool is pretty soft as is anything with Alpaca or silk, even acrylic can be softer than some wools. However, if you get a wool that seems a bit scratchy, try soaking it in hair conditioner over night. You'll be amazed how much softer it gets.

Consuelo
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yarnlover
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Posted - 02/28/2011 :  3:02:39 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't wear any wool next to my skin, other than socks and mittens, no matter what it is. I just know that I will wear a t-neck or blouse under a sweater and then I have no problem.

For scarves, I use the wool ones as an embellishment and the soft acrylics to wrap around my neck, or I have some silk scarves and they are amazingly warm and very skin friendly.

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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 03/01/2011 :  08:13:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are wools, yarns and sweaters that are itchy?
To Shelia's point, we are all different ...

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PBELKNAP
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Posted - 03/01/2011 :  12:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find that washable wools aren't scratchy. I try to buy superwash yarn when I'm going to make something that's supposed to be next to my skin, like socks, gloves, mittens, or scarves.

Otherwise, I usually wear a shirt under all my sweaters.



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knitafew
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USA
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Posted - 03/01/2011 :  2:22:39 PM  Show Profile Send knitafew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had no idea that if one found yarn itchy that another might not DUH!

chloe
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knitafew
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USA
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Posted - 03/01/2011 :  2:23:53 PM  Show Profile Send knitafew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Consuelo... Conditioner overnight - Love this tip!

Chloe

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Originally posted by Consuelo

Well, merino wool is pretty soft as is anything with Alpaca or silk, even acrylic can be softer than some wools. However, if you get a wool that seems a bit scratchy, try soaking it in hair conditioner over night. You'll be amazed how much softer it gets.

Consuelo
"Travel is fatal to prejudice" Mark Twain



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knitafew
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USA
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Posted - 03/01/2011 :  2:26:43 PM  Show Profile Send knitafew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much, this is what I was hoping for a personal hard rule of sorts - Superwashable sounds great.

Chloe

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Originally posted by PBELKNAP

I find that washable wools aren't scratchy. I try to buy superwash yarn when I'm going to make something that's supposed to be next to my skin, like socks, gloves, mittens, or scarves.

Otherwise, I usually wear a shirt under all my sweaters.



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chloe
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Kade1301
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Posted - 03/02/2011 :  05:01:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My mother always said that when wool is itchy, it's too warm for wearing it - seems to work for me. My Masham hat with ear flaps didn't pose a problem this morning a few degrees above freezing (I forgot, when spinning and knitting it, that wheras on my head my hair would act as a buffer, the ear flaps would touch my ears and cheeks. Masham is NOT recommended for next-to-skin wear...). The other thing is that I notice that I suffer more from itchy wool when my skin is too dry.

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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 03/02/2011 :  11:21:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Klara - your mother spoke the truth! Studies have proven that the receptors in our skin are more sensitive in warm weather than they are in cold. Moral of the story: Always live in a cold climate.

Clara
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knitafew
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 03/15/2011 :  08:44:45 AM  Show Profile Send knitafew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, and a cold climate = more knitted warmies too!

quote:
Originally posted by Clara

Klara - your mother spoke the truth! Studies have proven that the receptors in our skin are more sensitive in warm weather than they are in cold. Moral of the story: Always live in a cold climate.

Clara
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chloe
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