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May 26, 2012 01:16:30   #
vjh1530
 
I recently finished a cowl made from Caron's Spa yarn. Since it is only 25% bamboo and 75% acrylic I don't plan to block it, and it looks great just the way it is. I know that acrylic isn't blocked. But it got me to wondering. . . .
Do you prefer to block a project made with a yarn that is mostly bamboo fiber, or is 100% bamboo fiber, or do you find it is ok without it? I have mainly used bamboo in a fiber mix that is mainly acrylic and so have never blocked it, but now I am curious. Since I have so many experts at my (ahem) disposal, I thought I'd see what everyone's experience has been.

Thanks!
 
May 26, 2012 03:07:43   #
Dreamweaver (a regular here)
 
Most of the yarn advertised as bamboo is really just a rayon and does not need blocking......
May 26, 2012 08:30:03   #
vjh1530
 
Ahh! Thanks!
In machine embroidery, I use rayon thread instead of polyester thread when I want a soft sheen and a richer color. Now that you explained that I can see the resemblance in the bamboo yarns I have used. Good to know.
You always have the answers, Jynx!
May 27, 2012 11:54:04   #
eneurian
 
i splurged on some chinese bamboo. i'm pretty sure it is real bamboo, well maybe... but i didn't block it and it's great. beautiful drape and feels soooooooooooo good on the skin. only washed twice so no testimony on holding up yet.
May 27, 2012 14:39:02   #
LaurieJanesplace
 
Dreamweaver wrote:
Most of the yarn advertised as bamboo is really just a rayon and does not need blocking......


Dreamweaver - how does that work - that rayon can be labeled bamboo?
May 27, 2012 21:37:19   #
Marilyn803
 
If you look at the processing of bamboo yarn, it's not really bamboo. Do a search and it will tell you how it's processed.
 
May 27, 2012 21:49:10   #
vjh1530
 
Ok thanks! I thought it was made from real bamboo.
May 27, 2012 22:06:25   #
shaney63
 
I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to make a double leaf scarf and blocked it. I soaked it in tepid water and a teaspoon of Soak, pinned it out on blocker board... well worth the wait. It blocked beautifully!

That being said, if the scarf looked fine without the blocking I'd have skipped it. I just think hand knits look so much nicer blocked.... but it's not always necessary.
May 27, 2012 22:17:02   #
Marilyn803
 
Well, it actually starts with bamboo fibers, but after all the processing, there's not much bamboo left. Here's a link that explains the processing of bamboo yarn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_textiles
May 27, 2012 22:19:09   #
shaney63
 
Marilyn803 wrote:
Well, it actually starts with bamboo fibers, but after all the processing, there's not much bamboo left. Here's a link that explains the processing of bamboo yarn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_textiles


Wow that's very interesting... I've always wondered how they take bamboo and make it so soft LOL

I wondered the same about milk cotton and other strange fibers. I'm such a yarn hussy LOL
May 27, 2012 22:47:35   #
Nonasdada
 
shaney63 wrote:
I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to make a double leaf scarf and blocked it. I soaked it in tepid water and a teaspoon of Soak, pinned it out on blocker board... well worth the wait. It blocked beautifully!

That being said, if the scarf looked fine without the blocking I'd have skipped it. I just think hand knits look so much nicer blocked.... but it's not always necessary.


I never heard about Soak. Just found an article on it and blocking, sounds interesting. Wonderful to learn so much on KP. Thanks for mentioning Soak.
 
May 28, 2012 10:44:42   #
shaney63
 
Nonasdada wrote:
shaney63 wrote:
I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to make a double leaf scarf and blocked it. I soaked it in tepid water and a teaspoon of Soak, pinned it out on blocker board... well worth the wait. It blocked beautifully!

That being said, if the scarf looked fine without the blocking I'd have skipped it. I just think hand knits look so much nicer blocked.... but it's not always necessary.


I never heard about Soak. Just found an article on it and blocking, sounds interesting. Wonderful to learn so much on KP. Thanks for mentioning Soak.
quote=shaney63 I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to ... (show quote)


You're quite welcome! I actually misnamed the brand I use... I guess I call it "Soak" much the same way I refer to Puffs facial tissues as "Kleenex" LOL I use Eucalan, simply because it's what my LYS sells. It comes unscented (which is what I use), eucalyptus, grapefruit and lavender. Soak comes in more exciting scents. I usually pick up a mini-pouch or two when I visit LYSs because they usually only cost about a dollar, and I like the fragrances.
http://www.eucalan.com/
http://www.soakwash.com/soak.html
May 28, 2012 11:38:18   #
vjh1530
 
Good info! I always learn so much here. Thanks everyone!
May 28, 2012 11:56:45   #
Nonasdada
 
shaney63 wrote:
Nonasdada wrote:
shaney63 wrote:
I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to make a double leaf scarf and blocked it. I soaked it in tepid water and a teaspoon of Soak, pinned it out on blocker board... well worth the wait. It blocked beautifully!

That being said, if the scarf looked fine without the blocking I'd have skipped it. I just think hand knits look so much nicer blocked.... but it's not always necessary.


I never heard about Soak. Just found an article on it and blocking, sounds interesting. Wonderful to learn so much on KP. Thanks for mentioning Soak.
quote=shaney63 I used the Caron's bamboo yarn to ... (show quote)


You're quite welcome! I actually misnamed the brand I use... I guess I call it "Soak" much the same way I refer to Puffs facial tissues as "Kleenex" LOL I use Eucalan, simply because it's what my LYS sells. It comes unscented (which is what I use), eucalyptus, grapefruit and lavender. Soak comes in more exciting scents. I usually pick up a mini-pouch or two when I visit LYSs because they usually only cost about a dollar, and I like the fragrances.
http://www.eucalan.com/
http://www.soakwash.com/soak.html
quote=Nonasdada quote=shaney63 I used the Caron'... (show quote)
 
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