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Jan 20, 2012 15:38:46   #
mernie
 
Here's my question, oh wise ones: I just bought a bunch of Wool-ease yarn in a variety of colors to match the print in my couches. I've been thinking for a time that I would like a pillow to support my back. Can I add some other acrylic yarn without causing future problems? It's Bernat Satin and I just like the color to add to the mix.

This pillow will get a lot of wear and need occasional laundrering. What do you think? And, does anyone have a good idea for a pattern? The chair is red and the couches are a floral print. I am considering entrelac, only because I love doing it.
 
Jan 20, 2012 15:40:37   #
Sorlenna (a regular here)
 
Since Wool Ease is only 10% wool and mostly acrylic, which means washable, I don't see a problem with that as long as the different yarns have the same weight/gauge.
Jan 20, 2012 15:42:46   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
I've used Bernat Satin. It comes in so many colors. However, from experience, I can tell you that it pills. I'd stick to something other than 100% acrylic if I was you - epsecially if this is going to get a lot of wear. It's okay for kids' clothing because they outgrow things so fast, but I don't really like 100% acrylic most of the time. Even adding 20% nylon or wool to it helps a lot with the pilling probem. I'd stick to just the Wool-Ease or something equivalent to that if I were you.
Jan 20, 2012 15:44:50   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
I've used Bernat Satin. It comes in so many colors. However, from experience, I can tell you that it pills. I'd stick to something other than 100% acrylic if I was you - epsecially if this is going to get a lot of wear. It's okay for kids' clothing because they outgrow things so fast, but I don't really like 100% acrylic most of the time. Even adding 20% nylon or 10% wool to it helps a lot with the pilling probem. I'd stick to just the Wool-Ease or something equivalent to that if I were you. Also, Wool-Ease is a worsted weight, and Bernat Satin is more of a sport weight. And the Bernat Satin has a sheen to it where Wool-Ease does not.
Jan 20, 2012 16:08:08   #
Dreamweaver
 
The actual fiber content would not present a problem. The two yarns are a bit different in texture and sheen though. That doesn't mean they wouldn't be great together, but I think I would do just a bit of accent with the Satin, as it will not knit to exactly the same gauge (in moy opinion, I think it knits up a bit smaller than wool-ease)and I think might warp an entrelac pattern. Hate to say that dreaded word, but I might make a swatch and launder it a couple of times with a load of jeans. That should be a real test of durability.
Jan 21, 2012 08:19:15   #
Jean Keith
 
I mix fiber all the time but make sure the ply is fairly close and the gauge is correct. To launder, hand wash in cold water and dry flat.

I've never had good results by machine drying Lion Brand yarn.
 
Jan 21, 2012 09:21:22   #
redbug
 
I recently printed out a free Bernat pillow pattern that looked interesting and simple! It's called Alive With Color Pillow (knit). Calls for Bernat Berella.

I think there were some pretty pillows in the Waverly books shown with the Waverly pallates for the Bernat CAL/KAL starting in February. Check out the Bernat site.

Good Luck!
Jan 21, 2012 11:24:31   #
julietinboots
 
WoolEase will felt. That is what I have used to make a few felted projects. I haven't just thrown it in the wash with other items. I don't know if it would cause a problem with the other yarn or not. Just letting you know it does felt.
Jan 21, 2012 13:06:59   #
jheiens
 
Jean Keith wrote:
I mix fiber all the time but make sure the ply is fairly close and the gauge is correct. To launder, hand wash in cold water and dry flat.

I've never had good results by machine drying Lion Brand yarn.


I've been laundering Lion Brand yarn, including Wool-Ease. for years and have never had any problems washing or drying it in the machine.
Jan 21, 2012 17:19:35   #
dagmargrubaugh
 
julietinboots wrote:
WoolEase will felt. That is what I have used to make a few felted projects. I haven't just thrown it in the wash with other items. I don't know if it would cause a problem with the other yarn or not. Just letting you know it does felt.


Really???

:shock:
I've made numerous items with Wool Ease, it will pill a little after numerous machine washing and drying, but never felt.
The wool part (only 20%) may full a little.
Personally, I would not mix it with with any other yarn composition.
Good luck,
Dagmar
Jan 21, 2012 22:17:48   #
julietinboots
 
Yes, dagmargrubaugh, this is one of the felted items I've made using wool ease yarn.
felted hat made with lion brand wool ease
felted hat made with lion brand wool ease...
 
Jan 22, 2012 07:44:26   #
dagmargrubaugh
 
julietinboots wrote:
Yes, dagmargrubaugh, this is one of the felted items I've made using wool ease yarn.


Wow! Very nice. You had better luck than I did. lol
Love the hat. Thanks for sharing the picture. Do you have a pattern?
Dagmar
Jan 22, 2012 11:28:54   #
mernie
 
redbug wrote:
I recently printed out a free Bernat pillow pattern that looked interesting and simple! It's called Alive With Color Pillow (knit). Calls for Bernat Berella.

I think there were some pretty pillows in the Waverly books shown with the Waverly pallates for the Bernat CAL/KAL starting in February. Check out the Bernat site.

Good Luck!


Thank you, Redbug. I have missed that site and I appreciate your suggestion. They do have some very nice patterns.
Jan 22, 2012 11:36:08   #
mernie
 
Well, you all certainly have different opinions. I have ordered some different colors in Wool Ease. They were shipped quickly, I can wait a couple more days, and the price is right. As for Wool-Ease, I did make a lovely cable sweater for Christmas. It was my first time using Wool-Ease to make a garment and I worried about all the work with using an acrylic mix yarn. I surely do not know how it will hold up, but it was wonderful to knit with and my nephew wanted an easy care sweater. (You can see this sweater in my posts) Anyway, rather than mix them, I will wait for the same yarn. Thank you all for telling me your thoughts.
Jan 22, 2012 11:53:34   #
julietinboots
 
dagmargrubaugh wrote:
julietinboots wrote:
Yes, dagmargrubaugh, this is one of the felted items I've made using wool ease yarn.


Wow! Very nice. You had better luck than I did. lol
Love the hat. Thanks for sharing the picture. Do you have a pattern?
Dagmar


Thanks. If you give me some time, I'll come up with the pattern. That was a few years back and can't remember where I got it.
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