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can you soften Red Heart Super Saver Yarn?
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Feb 2, 2012 08:51:01   #
LHODGE
 
I am crocheting an afghan in a cool Banana Berry multi yarn (Red Heart Super Saver). I love the colors, but it is so "not soft". Is there a way to soften it by washing it?
Thanks!
Lisa
 
Feb 2, 2012 08:53:29   #
noelwright
 
my friend makes prayer shawls with red heart and says if you wash it with fabric softener and dry it in the dryer it softens up as nice as the "expensive" soft yarns. It is important not to overdry this yarn.
Feb 2, 2012 09:01:30   #
galaxycraft
 
Most Red Heart yarns are course to work with.
But yes indeed the yarn softens when you wash the finished project.
I just add a bit of fabric softener to the rinse cycle (not really needed, but I prefer to).
Feb 2, 2012 09:22:48   #
sherimorphis
 
LHODGE wrote:
I am crocheting an afghan in a cool Banana Berry multi yarn (Red Heart Super Saver). I love the colors, but it is so "not soft". Is there a way to soften it by washing it?
Thanks!
Lisa


I don't like Red Heart Supersaver yarn anymore. I have some of the old stuff stored and it is nice and soft, not like they make it nowadays. There are lots of other yarns out there to use...do you have a Michael's or JoAnns? Both have weekly coupons and both accept each other's coupons. You will pay 40%-50% off the price.
Also look at other yarns...I believe Red Heart has a "Soft" yarn which is nice, Bernat has "Waverly" nice and soft.
Feb 2, 2012 09:24:28   #
sherimorphis
 
sherimorphis wrote:
LHODGE wrote:
I am crocheting an afghan in a cool Banana Berry multi yarn (Red Heart Super Saver). I love the colors, but it is so "not soft". Is there a way to soften it by washing it?
Thanks!
Lisa


I don't like Red Heart Supersaver yarn anymore. I have some of the old stuff stored and it is nice and soft, not like they make it nowadays. There are lots of other yarns out there to use...do you have a Michael's or JoAnns? Both have weekly coupons and both accept each other's coupons. You will pay 40%-50% off the price.
Also look at other yarns...I believe Red Heart has a "Soft" yarn which is nice, Bernat has "Waverly" nice and soft.
quote=LHODGE I am crocheting an afghan in a cool ... (show quote)


P.S. "Pound of Love" is a knitting worsted, acrylic, 4 skeins rolled into one large skein and with a 50% off coupon you pay $3.50...can't beat that price and it's nice and soft. I made a beautiful baby blanket out of the "Antique White".
Feb 2, 2012 09:25:53   #
LHODGE
 
Honestly, I was drawn to the pattern and colors of the one I bought. I am not sure the Banana Berry comes in another yarn. I will finish what I am doing (I only have about 10 in done so far) and try washing it. Thanks!
 
Feb 2, 2012 09:27:24   #
sherimorphis
 
LHODGE wrote:
Honestly, I was drawn to the pattern and colors of the one I bought. I am not sure the Banana Berry comes in another yarn. I will finish what I am doing (I only have about 10 in done so far) and try washing it. Thanks!


Oh I know attraction LOL I hope it will soften in a wash for you after so much wonderful work going into it.
Feb 2, 2012 09:28:25   #
LHODGE
 
I thought Red Heart was softer before but thought it was just my memory!
I do like Pound of Love a lot, but my local stores just carry the traditional "baby" colors, I wanted something a bit different for this project.
I am the "queen " of 50% off coupons...lol!
Thanks for the tips!


sherimorphis wrote:
sherimorphis wrote:
LHODGE wrote:
I am crocheting an afghan in a cool Banana Berry multi yarn (Red Heart Super Saver). I love the colors, but it is so "not soft". Is there a way to soften it by washing it?
Thanks!
Lisa


I don't like Red Heart Supersaver yarn anymore. I have some of the old stuff stored and it is nice and soft, not like they make it nowadays. There are lots of other yarns out there to use...do you have a Michael's or JoAnns? Both have weekly coupons and both accept each other's coupons. You will pay 40%-50% off the price.
Also look at other yarns...I believe Red Heart has a "Soft" yarn which is nice, Bernat has "Waverly" nice and soft.
quote=LHODGE I am crocheting an afghan in a cool ... (show quote)


P.S. "Pound of Love" is a knitting worsted, acrylic, 4 skeins rolled into one large skein and with a 50% off coupon you pay $3.50...can't beat that price and it's nice and soft. I made a beautiful baby blanket out of the "Antique White".
quote=sherimorphis quote=LHODGE I am crocheting ... (show quote)
Feb 2, 2012 09:29:39   #
LHODGE
 
Love the picture of you doggies! Italian greyhounds?
Feb 2, 2012 09:30:45   #
galaxycraft
 
LHODGE wrote:
Honestly, I was drawn to the pattern and colors of the one I bought. I am not sure the Banana Berry comes in another yarn. I will finish what I am doing (I only have about 10 in done so far) and try washing it. Thanks!

You will be pleased with it after washing :thumbup:
Feb 2, 2012 09:36:59   #
galaxycraft
 
LHODGE wrote:
I thought Red Heart was softer before but thought it was just my memory!
I do like Pound of Love a lot, but my local stores just carry the traditional "baby" colors, I wanted something a bit different for this project.
I am the "queen " of 50% off coupons...lol!
Thanks for the tips!


sherimorphis wrote:
sherimorphis wrote:
LHODGE wrote:
I am crocheting an afghan in a cool Banana Berry multi yarn (Red Heart Super Saver). I love the colors, but it is so "not soft". Is there a way to soften it by washing it?
Thanks!
Lisa


I don't like Red Heart Supersaver yarn anymore. I have some of the old stuff stored and it is nice and soft, not like they make it nowadays. There are lots of other yarns out there to use...do you have a Michael's or JoAnns? Both have weekly coupons and both accept each other's coupons. You will pay 40%-50% off the price.
Also look at other yarns...I believe Red Heart has a "Soft" yarn which is nice, Bernat has "Waverly" nice and soft.
quote=LHODGE I am crocheting an afghan in a cool ... (show quote)


P.S. "Pound of Love" is a knitting worsted, acrylic, 4 skeins rolled into one large skein and with a 50% off coupon you pay $3.50...can't beat that price and it's nice and soft. I made a beautiful baby blanket out of the "Antique White".
quote=sherimorphis quote=LHODGE I am crocheting ... (show quote)
I thought Red Heart was softer before but thought ... (show quote)


Red Heart WAS softer before.
I don't know how they changed it,
but I am thinking that because of cutbacks and such,
they may have deleted the step of pre-washing before sent out to market.
Why else would the yarn actually soften after WE wash it the first time?

My local stores only carry the baby pastels in the Pound of Love as well. :( :roll:
 
Feb 2, 2012 09:38:04   #
Deb-Babbles
 
I wash my Red Heart SS with a bunch of tennis balls. At least 2, plus fabric softner. Do not over dry and it is very soft. I think that they put some kind of sizing in the yarn so that it is easier for them to work with. You know like a brand new Man's shirt. So ruff it could stand all by its self...
Feb 2, 2012 09:41:54   #
sherimorphis
 
Deb-Babbles wrote:
I wash my Red Heart SS with a bunch of tennis balls. At least 2, plus fabric softner. Do not over dry and it is very soft. I think that they put some kind of sizing in the yarn so that it is easier for them to work with. You know like a brand new Man's shirt. So ruff it could stand all by its self...


Good to know then because that does keep me away from buying it. I knit Christmas stockings and did like to use Red Heart for that.
Feb 2, 2012 10:24:38   #
LHODGE
 
I will try to pry some tennis balls away from my dog LOL! (I would use new ones!) Interesting. I bought this yarn at Walmart. Is it possible that they ship different grades of yarn to different stores?
Feb 3, 2012 05:42:21   #
czechmate
 
it's true just wash it,don't know what they put in the yarn plastic bottles ? it's all I can afford right now.
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