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Is there a brand/type/blend of cotton that you can tolerate to work with?<br><br>
The inelasticity of cotton makes my hands hurt very much, but I have some summer babes to knit for, and their mama's aren't the type to like the extra care wool would be. Plus, one will be born in July, in Arizona, and I just don't think wool would be the best for him or her. I'd like to do some nice cotton or even a blend (I'd prefer a natural fiber), but the only cotton I've ever liked was Blue Sky Alpaca organic cotton, and even that I find a little heavy for summer knits.<br><br>
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What about Shine from KnitPicks? It is a cotton/modal blend. Does the modal add any give to it?
 

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I know it's not totally natural but I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><a href="http://www.kraemeryarns.com/yarn/tatamytweed.asp" target="_blank">Kraemer Yarns Tatamy Tweed.</a> It's a cotton/acrylic blend and lovely to work with! I have the lime and oatmeal tweed colors. You can <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v428/Lizabethian/Knitting%20and%20sewing/Yarns-natural%20fiber/Cotton.jpg" target="_blank">see them here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></a><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v428/Lizabethian/Knitting%20and%20sewing/Works%20in%20Progress/Newmwip.jpg" target="_blank">Here is how they were knitting up.</a><br><br>
The acrylic in it is not like most I have ever felt. Normally I can feel that plasticky texture it seems to have but not in this. It wasn't until I read the label months after getting it (it was sent to me) that I realized it was a blend. It's lightweight too so it would be perfect for hot weather like Arizona in July.
 

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Knitpicks Shine doesn't bother me and their crayon is fine. I'm using Manos Cotton STria right now and it's ok. I have a hard time with Kitchen cotton (sugar n creme, peaches n creme, etc) but cotton blends are fine. Svale by dale of norway is no problem. Plymouth Stone Cotton gives me a little trouble. Dale of norway's Stork is fine too.
 

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I'm knitting with TLC Cotton Plus right now and I LOVE it!! Granted, its just squares for a baby blanket, so I'm not sure about shaping and all that, but I really do enjoy working with it.<br><br>
I also like Cascade Pima Silk -- cotton/silk. Very nice!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">it would be perfect for hot weather like Arizona in July.</div>
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I'm sorry, having lived in Az most of my life (Tucson) there is NOTHING perfect for July. (except for a swimming pool full of ice. Can you knit them one of those? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
No, really. Lightwt cotton is nice, even longer sleeved stuff or blankets, because lots of places overcompensate for the 110 degrees outside by cranking the AC.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">get thee to a big box craft store and find some cotton ease. really, it's awesome!!</div>
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Yes! Cotton Ease is my new favorite yarn. I'm making a baby set with it right now and it's great to work with. Shine is okay, but I don't like the way it looks after a while; I don't think it holds up great.
 

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The first time I knit with Sugar & Cream/Peaches and Cream, don't remember which, it felt like knitting with rope. But, I got used to it and was able to finish a little cap and bib. Then, I went to a yarn tasting Friday night at my LYS where I got to sample a few yarns! I really liked Nashua's Cilantro. It's 70% cotton and 30% acrylic. Feels oh so soft and they had a finished sweater that had been knit up with this stuff - definitely baby worthy softness. I ended up buying some to make a dress for my 18mos old dd.
 

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Have you considered crochet instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you considered crochet instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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I have tried to crochet, and I just cannot get the hang of it. I've bought books, videos, and tried some lessons at a LYS, and I can't do it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The first time I knit with Sugar & Cream/Peaches and Cream, don't remember which, it felt like knitting with rope. But, I got used to it and was able to finish a little cap and bib. <b>Then, I went to a yarn tasting Friday night at my LYS where I got to sample a few yarns!</b> I really liked Nashua's Cilantro. It's 70% cotton and 30% acrylic. Feels oh so soft and they had a finished sweater that had been knit up with this stuff - definitely baby worthy softness. I ended up buying some to make a dress for my 18mos old dd.</div>
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(Bolding mine) - You went to a YARN TASTING?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Oh I am so jealous!! What's it like? That sounds like so much fun!<br><br>
(Sorry for the hijack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 
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