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Re: how do you boil yarn?
This method of boiling yarn mops works fine for me:
Loop the yarn on a book, as described in AKA directions. Take a LARGE
needle, preferably curved, thread it with yarn (I use a different color
for this "tie string") and thread it through EACH strand. Leave a length
on each end.
Cut the looped strands opposite to the "tie string". Now you will have
something resembling a "grass skirt". Tie the "tie string" loosely (with
a bow knot) into a loop and you are ready to boil it.
I boil the yarn until most soluble color is gone. With the yarn I use (a
mixture of Nylon and Acrylic -- Nylon does not stiffen on boiling) it
usually takes me 3-4 boilings, with a cold rinse and squeezing out the
water, in between.
After boiling untie the "tie string" and tie the "skirt" around a cork.
I use GOOD laboratory corks, #12 or larger, but ONE piece, NOT glued. I
notch my corks around the circumference, so that the yarn is in the
notch and will not slide out.
Trim the long ends on the "tie string". Your mop is now ready for use.
When the mop needs boiling to sterilize it, you can boil it cork and
all, but then dry the cork, else it might become water logged and sink.
Doug Karpa-Wilson wrote:
> I'm untangling yarn right now. Attempt number one was to make the mop,
> then boil. Not clever. Then I took the yarn, wrapped around a bottle and
> boiled that, but much of it came off. Now, I'm thinking some kind of spool
> would be good to use. What methods do you use?
> Doug Karpa-Wilson
> 1821 S. Maxwell St.
> Bloomington, IN 47401
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