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Blocking Sugar Cane Yarn
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May 27, 2012 08:11:40   #
eggplantlady
 
Yes, you read that right, sugar cane yarn! I have just finished making a wingspan scarf out of Araucania yarn which is 100% sugar cane. I would like to block the scarf, mostly to even out a few areas where my gauge is a little loose. The care instructions say that dry cleaning is recommended but that you can also gently wash with cool water and mild soap. Should I just treat this as I would treat a good wool? By the way, it feels like a wonderfully soft and silky cotton.
 
May 27, 2012 11:55:59   #
WaTUsi74
 
Where might it be purchased?
May 27, 2012 12:45:55   #
eggplantlady
 
I bought it at Sheepish in Decatur, Georgia. It was $14 but my best friend begged me to make it for her for her birthday. It had 263 yds at 100gr and was enough to make the Wingspan with some leftover.
May 28, 2012 05:57:45   #
glacy1
 
I just got some sugar cane yarn, called Sugar Rush, I think, at Fuzz in Eagle Idaho. They had a good selection of colors too. I picked a royal bue.
May 28, 2012 08:42:39   #
Carol J.
 
I don't think a light blocking would affect the yarn. If you have some left over, knit a block and try it. Lay a damp cloth over it and hold the iron above the cloth, or wet it and lay it out on a towel to dry, patting out the piece so the design shows. It is probably tougher than you think. But I wouldn't steam it without a cloth.

Carol J.
May 28, 2012 10:24:34   #
marimom
 
Do they have a website? I am orininally from Sandy Springs but now live in Tucson, AZ/ Have you ever shopped at Eat, Sleep, Knit in Smyrna? I have made some online purchases through them and they seem to have great yarns and are very friendly.
eggplantlady wrote:
I bought it at Sheepish in Decatur, Georgia. It was $14 but my best friend begged me to make it for her for her birthday. It had 263 yds at 100gr and was enough to make the Wingspan with some leftover.
 
May 28, 2012 10:27:12   #
marimom
 
Found the website. Do you know who makes the Araucania yarn?

eggplantlady wrote:
Yes, you read that right, sugar cane yarn! I have just finished making a wingspan scarf out of Araucania yarn which is 100% sugar cane. I would like to block the scarf, mostly to even out a few areas where my gauge is a little loose. The care instructions say that dry cleaning is recommended but that you can also gently wash with cool water and mild soap. Should I just treat this as I would treat a good wool? By the way, it feels like a wonderfully soft and silky cotton.
May 28, 2012 10:30:27   #
eggplantlady
 
[quote=marimom]Found the website. Do you know who makes the Araucania yarn?

No, I haven't been to the shop in Smyrna yet, but I'll put it on my list! According to the tag, the sugar cane is from Italy, the raw yarn is made in China, and then it is hand dyed in Chile. Gee, $14 doesn't seem bad for all that travel! There is a website also: www.araucaniayarns.com
May 28, 2012 10:48:07   #
mousepotato
 
eggplantlady wrote:
Yes, you read that right, sugar cane yarn! I have just finished making a wingspan scarf out of Araucania yarn which is 100% sugar cane. I would like to block the scarf, mostly to even out a few areas where my gauge is a little loose. The care instructions say that dry cleaning is recommended but that you can also gently wash with cool water and mild soap. Should I just treat this as I would treat a good wool? By the way, it feels like a wonderfully soft and silky cotton.


I'd suggest that you treat it like a cotton yarn, rather than wool, since it is a plant fiber, although more on the order of rayon than cotton. Get it good and wet, spin out as much water as possible and then see if it needs to be blocked hard, or simply coaxed into shape. I suspect it probably doesn't have a lot of crimp in the fiber and blocking it severely may stretch it out so it won't spring back. I suspect the dry cleaning instructions are more to keep it out of the washing and drying machines, and to help retain the color with as little fading as possible. I wouldn't iron it other than to possibly steam it.
May 28, 2012 11:20:52   #
BeaStitcher
 
glacy1 wrote:
I just got some sugar cane yarn, called Sugar Rush, I think, at Fuzz in Eagle Idaho. They had a good selection of colors too. I picked a royal bue.


I think KnitWits in Boise carries the Araucania also. Can't check it out right now as I live in Pocatello, and only get to visit Boise a couple times a year. I'm pretty sure I bought some there last summer.

Sharon
May 30, 2012 06:36:11   #
eggplantlady
 
Thanks to everyone! Keep your fingers crossed!
 
May 30, 2012 11:49:55   #
glacy1
 
BeaStitcher wrote:
glacy1 wrote:
I just got some sugar cane yarn, called Sugar Rush, I think, at Fuzz in Eagle Idaho. They had a good selection of colors too. I picked a royal bue.


I think KnitWits in Boise carries the Araucania also. Can't check it out right now as I live in Pocatello, and only get to visit Boise a couple times a year. I'm pretty sure I bought some there last summer.

Sharon


Do you want me to call them and ask?
 
          
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