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kbshee
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Posted - 08/10/2012 :  3:33:41 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really, really wanted to like the yarn--it is sustainable and takes color really well. Not so much.I knit Flaming June from Knitty and have had to deal with dozens of dropped stitches and stretching.The yarn kind of hurts to knit with. I haven't blocked it yet but I don't know if that will help.

kim in oregon
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Milinda
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Posted - 08/10/2012 :  6:49:01 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kbshee

I really, really wanted to like the yarn--it is sustainable and takes color really well. Not so much.I knit Flaming June from Knitty and have had to deal with dozens of dropped stitches and stretching.The yarn kind of hurts to knit with. I haven't blocked it yet but I don't know if that will help.

kim in oregon
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:: From my experience where hemp yarn really shines is after it is washed. And washed. And washed. Meaning, it grows softer and softer as it ages and the garment will last forever. I found it much like working with linen but more worth it with the finished product. I didn't have trouble with dropped stitches. Well, any more than I ever have trouble with that.

M L
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/10/2012 :  10:21:56 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ditto on what Milinda said. Not many troubles with slipped dropped stitches--although I did have trouble with splitting. I made table napkins, and they just get prettier and prettier. Hopefully you'll enjoy wearing your Flaming June more than you enjoyed knitting it.

Robinsteph

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kbshee
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Posted - 08/12/2012 :  3:47:25 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How does everyone wash it? In washing machine and dryer? Or by hand and dry flat?

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/12/2012 :  4:11:02 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The first time I washed it I did it by hand and blocked the napkins. They looked fabulous, all their little points sticking out and everything. The second time I washed them I wanted to see how they'd respond to washer/dryer, since I'd read they could be machine washed and dried. They came through fine--they were even softer and more glowy than they were with hand washing, but of course their little points didn't stick out as they should. But they still looked very good.

Robinsteph

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kbshee
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Posted - 08/12/2012 :  5:01:14 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Robinsteph!

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marjotse
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Posted - 08/13/2012 :  01:59:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For a garment like Flaming June in a hemp yarn, I just would throw it in the machine wash and dryer afterwards. It will become softer and will even have more drape which is exactly what you want for Flaming June. I'm knitting Flaming June myself at the moment in a linen-cotton blend....

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/13/2012 :  06:53:31 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sure, Kim!

Flaming June will look great in hemp--and what a pleasure to have a hand-knit you can wash and dry. (I knit a lot of wool.)

Also, as an aside, I was cleaning out my ravelry favorites last night and realized I have a Flaming June in there too. Popular pattern!

Robinsteph

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Luann
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Posted - 08/14/2012 :  07:29:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made a Fair Isle cushion cover out of Allhemp 6 seven or eight years ago. It has worn into the most silky and luscious yet sturdy fabric ever. I have kept the scraps all this time wondering what to use them for, I think I will make some napkins, too! It wasn't the nicest thing to knit with, but the results are stunning.

FWIW, I tried Allhemp 3 and loathed it, it felt like knitting with dental floss. Gave the sweater kit away. But I didn't mind working with the worsted weight.

Luann

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kbshee
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Posted - 08/14/2012 :  08:45:54 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I washed it and dried it, and it did soften up. I washed it and let it air dry--it was like cardboard! So I washed and dried it again, and it does get nicer every time. And I can easily see all my &(*$ dropped stitches to fix them!

kim in oregon
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/15/2012 :  08:38:44 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You know, now that you mention it, it was a little stiff when I air dried it. It was so long ago I'd forgotten that. But it will soften quickly as you use it, and it should be softer than before you washed it. But maybe you don't care at this point, since the washing machine sounds so successful.

I've also tried the Allhemp 3; my feelings about are the same as the 6. It's just beautiful.

Robinsteph

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