Friday, July 12, 2013

~ aww man! ~


I wrapped up the crocheting part of this little baby blankie last night, and then I ran it through the dryer with a few wets towels.  It did not get softer.  I was hoping that since the yarn feels like the rougher skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (not all RHSS colors are rough), it would soften up like the RHSS's, but it didn't.  Now what am I supposed to do with it?  I can't give it to a baby that's for sure.  Dang! I guess I can just take it to our trailer at the campground and use it as a seat cover for one of the fold up chairs on the porch.  The blankie measures 25" point to point, so it might be too big for that though.

The yarn was bought at Michaels craft store - it's called 'Craft smart' value - 100% acrylic.  The 3 skeins I bought are (1) white and (2) 'tumbleweed'.  Next time I go to Michaels, I'll check to see if the other colors are rough too.  

Have a good day ladies.  I think I'll go sit and pout for a little while.  :) 

eta:  This 18 point round ripple is based on Angelfire's round ripple - I added an extra increase round at the beginning and then changed a couple things.  I didn't write out a proper pattern for it - just notes.

     
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48 comments:

  1. Ow, what a pitty the blanket doesn't feel soft, it looks so lovely!

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  2. Ohhhhh ...Mrs Debi...that's ok....cover one side with fabric...could be a lot of work because of the star shape...but ...also ....it can work better.
    It is looking cute ....nice ...have a nice weekend.

    :) .. Luna :) ..

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  3. It's beautiful though Debi, what a shame, how about using it for a little bedside rug. :)

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    1. Good idea Linda - I'll keep it in mind. :)

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    2. Hello, If I was you I would try to soak it in warm water with hair conditioner. It worked for me a few times.

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  4. Some of the other suggestions for softening the red heart yarns call for vinegar or hair conditioner. You may want to give those a shot before you call it a seat cover. Much too pretty to give up on!

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    1. Thank you Sammi. I'll look into those ideas. :)

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  5. Debi, insurance that your you will be able to take advantage of this precious blanket! Your blankets seem to me to be brilliant! Does it give great anger when things happen as this one, truth? Once again thank you for your always nice comments! Your visits make me happy

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    1. Thank you Cristina. Yeah, it does kind of make me mad - all that work for nothing. :)

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  6. I understand about that rough RH yarn. You are so right, some is softer than others. I swore I would buy no more and what did I do but turned around and bought some more anyways. I really like Hobby Lobby's I love This Yarn, but the nearest stores are about an hour away. Now that is so nice and soft. Other than trying fabric softener, which you probably already tried, I have nothing to contribute to solving your problem. It sure is pretty though, what a shame.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  7. Try putting it in the washer with fabric softner. Thats what I do with the RHSS yarn. It always softens up.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'll try that next time. I've tried the shampoo and conditioner trick that Sammi mentioned and it helped a little. :)

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    2. I'm glad it helped a little, I hadn't had a chance to try it yet, I usually use your trick with the damp towels lol :)

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  8. It's a neat pattern, maybe you could try to sew a fabric (maybe flannel) to the back and have that as the top?? I'd also LOVE the pattern, I want to do this next week!!!

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    1. Hi Lisa. I've added more info to my post about the pattern. Glad you like it. :)

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  9. Do you have a pattern for this beautiful blanket? I have a friend having twins and she would just love this!

    Perhaps back it with fleece? That might soften it up and make it baby-usable! :)

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    1. Hi Shannon. I added more info to my post about the pattern. Have fun with it. :)

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  10. It looks very lovely, Debi!! :) I am always in search of multicoloured yarn patterns ! This looks very nice!! You have tried lot of options to soften, I don't have any other to add. You may also use it as a stool or side table cover or embellish a bit and make it as wall hanging.

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    1. Thanks Preeti. I'm thinking of different places at the campground trailer - besides the chairs, we also have a table on the porch I can put it on. :)

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  11. Bummer, but thank you for field testing for us. One more thing to check before buying.

    Like the shampoo/conditioner idea along with vingar and fabric softener. Haven't tried them but they sound like reasonable ideas.

    I know it is supposed to be a "value priced" product but I think I'd e-mail Michael's corporate office and share that you and your readers aren't enthused about investing our times and talents for unusable results.

    Helen

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    1. You're welcome Helen. :)

      I tried the shampoo/conditioner wash last night and it softened the blanket a little bit.

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  12. It might be hard but the colours and crochet is stunning. Would it be possible to add to it and make it into an adult size blankie?

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    1. Thanks Dorothy. I think I'm just gonna cut my losses and make it either a table topper or a seat cover at the campground trailer. :)

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  13. That is so beautiful, Debi. I like the color.
    Have a nice weekend.

    Lisa

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  14. That looks beautiful, Debi! I really like the color :)

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  15. Hola. deby te quedo muy linda y el color es precioso, intenta hacer los consejos que te dieron a ver con cual se suaviza , pero esta muy linda la manta, en cuanto al patron nolo entiendo para hacerlo. de todas maneras gracias por compartir, que tengas un buen dia

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  16. Such a pity about the not-soft-issue, your creation is impressive. Hope you will find a good place for it! Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. Try Baking soda in the wash cycle then vinager in the rinse cycle. Good luck it is a lovely blanket.

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    1. Thanks Mary - I'll keep that idea in mind. :)

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  18. It is too bad that after all your hard work the blanket didn't soften up. I know it is frustrating. One thing you can do with the blanket is to donate it as a pet rug too your local animal shelter. I do that with mishaps ans scraps and bits I have made into a pet rug. They very much appreciate it.

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    1. Hi Trudy. Thanks for the suggestion - I'll keep it in mind. :)

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  19. What a disappointment! It is a beauty. Maybe as a small throw rug somewhere. To pretty not to be seen and used. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Glor. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. :)

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  20. Sorry it didn't soften up for you. I love how you combined the colors.

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  21. HI Debi I told ya I would stop by:) wow what a lovely blanket for a babyboy. sorry it did not get soft for you:(

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    1. Thanks SnuggleBunnie. It's good to 'see' you - I hope you're doing well. :)

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  22. I haven't read all the other comments, so this may have been suggested...but what about a large yarn doily. It's too pretty to do nothing with! Surely it would look pretty adorning somebody's round table. :)

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    1. Thanks Rita. I'm thinking of the trailer at the campground - besides the chairs, we also have 2 tables on the porch - maybe I'll use it for one of those. :)

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  23. I have found that "craft yarn" never gets soft. It is designed to make crocheted animals, baskets, toys, etc. Items that need to stay stiff. I found that out when I made a useless scarf from some yarn I inherited.

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    1. I didn't even think of that Cathie - it makes sense - I should of known better. I have a small amount of the yarn left over - maybe I'll make a basket with it. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  24. It sure is a cool stitch though!

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  25. This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing! ^.^ Too bad it turned out too harsh though. I'm sure it'll be an excellent seat cover :)
    Love the baby cocoons as well!

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