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Anyone Remember Orlon Yarn?
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Jun 13, 2012 11:43:11   #
brynmawr
 
My mother always called it Monkey Wards. Who knows why. . . Ah memories
 
Jun 13, 2012 15:23:08   #
funkyknitter
 
brynmawr wrote:
My mother always called it Monkey Wards. Who knows why. . . Ah memories


I remember it being called Monkey Wards too ! I gave my young niece a vintage sewing machine from Wards. I called it a Monkey Ward machine and she thought that was an actual brand of sewing machine like Singer. Wards did have appliances made by the big name manufacturers with the Wards Signature name on them. We had washing machines as well as clothes from Wards over the years.
There was always a dog eared Wards catalog around the house called a wish book.
Jun 13, 2012 15:27:00   #
Knitaddict
 
Dowager wrote:
I was given a bag of yarn today, containing single skeins and partial skeins of leftover yarn. The yarn Orlon. I remember having Orlon sweaters in the 50s, barely. Has anyone knitted with Orlon? Is it machine washable? Does it pill badly? Is it relatively colorfast? Any special tips on working with it?

Thanks


it's like Acrylic. Washable, dryable, might pill a bit, but it's very similar. My mom used to tell me they were the same.
Jun 13, 2012 15:30:02   #
Larraine11
 
I remember when I had my knitting machine, a lot of the cones were Orlon. I still have some of it and have knit it into hats. It's very easy to knit. If I remember correctly, in making items for my grandson, that it washed very well and I still have a little sweater from that era...there is no pill on it. Also, my mom used to knit with orlon all the time and I'm sure she would not have if it had to be handwashed etc.

Hope this helps a little. Why not do a swatch and throw it in the washer?

Shirley
Jun 13, 2012 21:26:30   #
-knitter
 
RookieRetiree wrote:
funkyknitter wrote:
I remember having Orlon Acrylic clothes from Montgomery Wards growing up. How's that for a time capsule ?
Both are memories now.


This is really a look back in time. One of the things we found in the attic at my FIL's house was a bag of knitting that my MIL had started in the 70's. In the bag are 6 skeins of the Orlon and a WIP sweater that is made out of Caron's orlon. The sweater has a white background with pastel roses and stripes in it - it's definitely from the 70's era and only sentimental for now, but I think I will finish the piece and put it in a shadow box. I think the orlon will be easy to work with....don't know when patterns began where the sweater is done from side to side, but this is one of them. I may make an American Girl doll-sized sweater to match for future generations to have this piece of family history.

Get a load of that hairdo on the modell---okay true confession time - how many of us had the BIG HAIR?
quote=funkyknitter I remember having Orlon Acryli... (show quote)


Oh, my!! I have some Wintuk in my stash - I have no idea how old it is. Maybe that's why I can't block the shawl I made with it!!! Ya think????? :oops:
Jun 13, 2012 21:35:33   #
Joss
 
My mother doesn't knit much these days (quilts now) and we've been going through her stash- which also includes the stashes she inherited from her mother and MIL- and I've got quite a bit of Orlon and Wintuck from her. Haven't used any yet.
 
Jun 13, 2012 21:57:05   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
-knitter wrote:
Oh, my!! I have some Wintuk in my stash - I have no idea how old it is. Maybe that's why I can't block the shawl I made with it!!! Ya think????? :oops:

Wool can be blocked. Synthetics ... not very well.
Jun 14, 2012 01:01:29   #
Nifty Non
 
I remember Orlon from the 60's when I had babies. One day washed 3 or 4 items and the water was too HOT. Ruined them. Lesson learned though.
Jun 14, 2012 01:11:18   #
margie1992
 
I still have the first sweater I made back in I think 1960. It was knitted from white Orlon ordered from Sears. There wasn't a LYS in rural central Missouri then. I wore the sweater all the way through college. It still looks as if I just knitted it -- no pilling; but boy those plastic fake pearl buttons are ugggglyy.
Nov 14, 2012 16:20:39   #
akkath
 
I posted a question about this and can't find it now. I have some Orlon, which is made from the natural gas industry and it says, "MOTH PROOF" on the label. Orlon is a petrol product, and there's no way a moth would eat it, so why do they put Moth Proof on it? Seems like deceptive advertising, or have they actually put pesticides on it? There would be no reason to, because it would be naturally moth proof. Moths like wool, not petrol. Does anybody know more about this? TY
Nov 14, 2012 22:23:43   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
akkath wrote:
I posted a question about this and can't find it now. I have some Orlon, which is made from the natural gas industry and it says, "MOTH PROOF" on the label. Orlon is a petrol product, and there's no way a moth would eat it, so why do they put Moth Proof on it? Seems like deceptive advertising, or have they actually put pesticides on it? There would be no reason to, because it would be naturally moth proof. Moths like wool, not petrol. Does anybody know more about this? TY
Chances are that the yarn you have dates from the days when synthetic yarns were the exception - not the rule (c. 1950s), and most hand-knitting yarn was wool. So, no - strictly speaking - it's not deceptive advertizing. It was just a means to let the customers - used to only having wool yarn - know that there was a moth-proof alternative. I dare you to find the words moth-proof on any ball of yarn made within the last few decades.

I found the topic you created. You can find it too. Just click on your name to go to your profile. Then click on Topics. It's right there.
 
Nov 15, 2012 07:15:56   #
akkath
 
Thank you, for that information, Jessica-Jean. This makes total sense, since I've been using vintage yarns. I like to buy the older yarns and haven't gotten many newer yarns, so didn't realize they stopped putting "moth proof" on their labels.

Thanks, also, for telling me how to find my topic on here!

Kathy
Nov 15, 2012 07:29:26   #
sophie11
 
I had not thought of orlon yarn in a very long time. Couple of weeks ago I found 8 skeins of Caron Dazzle aire yarn. All for $4.00. I think i must have been from the 60's. Stated a sweater for donation and working up fine but sticks a little to the cable. It is 60% acrylic and 40% nylon. Price tag on it $1.47.
Nov 15, 2012 07:50:25   #
hepsubah
 
Every once in a while, in a bag of yarn from the Thrift Stores, I find a skein or two of orlon yarn. I machine wash and dry items made from it and have never had a problem with pilling, etc. It seems to keep its shape well.
Nov 15, 2012 08:25:31   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Dupont Corporation created the first acrylic fibers in 1941 and trademarked them under the name Orlon. I guess Dupont stopped yarn production, and that is we don't see the trademark name Orlon anymore.
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