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AdkKate
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USA
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Posted - 10/09/2012 :  5:31:41 PM  Show Profile Send AdkKate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A dear friend who lives in Florida sent me a picture of a throw that she would like me to make for her. It is a very simple striped design with a fringe on the ends. She would like it to be soft and cuddly but not too warm. Now I am an Adirondack Mountain gal who knits for warmth. I have no idea what is the best fiber to use for a Florida throw. She is willing to buy whatever I want to use. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for you assistance :)

purlthis
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USA
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Posted - 10/09/2012 :  5:45:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Honestly, I'd go acrylic. A nice one will hold up.

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jaymeKnits
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Posted - 10/09/2012 :  5:59:35 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Organic cotton would be my choice.

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EmEm
Warming Up

Ireland
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Posted - 10/09/2012 :  6:42:16 PM  Show Profile Send EmEm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about a bamboo cotton blend?
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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 10/10/2012 :  07:45:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd go with a cotton/wool blend like Green Mountain Spinnery's Cotton Comfort. The wool lends the cotton some elasticity and over time, it gets as comfy as a broken-in sweatshirt without growing too much.

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LisaSanCrom
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Posted - 10/10/2012 :  7:48:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit LisaSanCrom's Homepage Send LisaSanCrom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I live in NE FL and Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton is my go-to snuggly yarn.

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anderknit
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Posted - 10/10/2012 :  8:06:19 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would think an all-cotton throw would end up being crazy heavy. I vote for a cotton blend, such as those mentioned here. I also like Berroco Comfort. I've made a throw out of that and was very happy with the results. It washes perfectly, didn't bleed, feels nice, and comes in lots of weights and colors.

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vgshea@comcast.net
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Posted - 10/10/2012 :  11:25:59 PM  Show Profile Send vgshea@comcast.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Plymouth Encore is a nice and inexpensive wool-acrylic blend that's available in lots of colors. Plymouth Jelli Beenz is fun if you like crazy-bright colors. I knitted a baby blanket in it once and I was really happy with how it came out.
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jvmalcolm@yahoo.com
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Posted - 10/10/2012 :  11:48:54 PM  Show Profile Send jvmalcolm@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can go with fairly large needles for the yarn used. We do have cool nights.
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sockjoan
Warming Up

Australia
57 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2012 :  12:09:10 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd go for a wool/cotton blend, or maybe alpaca/bamboo.
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bluelustrecat
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  04:07:33 AM  Show Profile Send bluelustrecat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I live in SC and think a sock weight would be perfect...although perhaps the wrong gauge for a blanket. It gets cold here in January and February and I have the lightest weight of down comforter for those months. My second choice would be a cotton wool blend. I would be tempted to use Madelinetosh Merino Light but it's very expensive.
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stherio
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  04:43:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit stherio's Homepage Send stherio a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do love the bamboo blends.......and cotton is nice too. I live in the ADKS too - southern part. Where in the Dacks are you, Kate?

Suzy
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dyepot
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  05:02:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit dyepot's Homepage  Send dyepot a Yahoo! Message Send dyepot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would opt for Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece and 80/20 cotton/wool blend. Very reasonably priced, great yardage and knits up beautifully and comes in nice assortment of colors and has great stitch definition. What more could you ask for?

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jlpanecki
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  05:28:00 AM  Show Profile Send jlpanecki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like a lot of other members here, I would go with a cotton-wool blend. Pick something soft and light - Florida has cool nights. I have family in Florida, and they do use their furnace in the winter. An afghan to curl up in in the evening while relaxing sounds plausible even in tropical areas.

Janet
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sharecropper
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USA
5 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2012 :  06:05:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit sharecropper's Homepage Send sharecropper a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I crocheted an afghan of Plymouth Encore, and it's very heavy and unusable here in Central Florida. I think a wool/cotton or a wool/bamboo blend using large needles would be best for our weather the last few years.

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LauraSue
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  06:08:05 AM  Show Profile Send LauraSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll add my vote to Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. It's a beautiful yarn that holds up over time. The colors are beautiful.
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amyelna
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2012 :  06:11:07 AM  Show Profile Send amyelna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just recently knit with Kollage's riveting, made from recycled jeans. I made myself a tank top that knit up nicely and is machine washable. I think this could be a unique option.

amyelna
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jhunt48
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USA
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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  06:27:41 AM  Show Profile Send jhunt48 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lion Brand Cotton Ease would work very well for her.
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era253
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USA
20 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2012 :  07:09:27 AM  Show Profile Send era253 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would seriously consider Berroco Comfort. It is light and not too warm. It's a very, very soft Acrylic and doesn't have that plasticy feel that a lot of acrylics do, comes in every color imaginable, and three different weights. As an added bonus it's machine washable. I've made a comforter for friends in a colder climate and it wasn't warm enough. However, I've made baby blankets out of it and the babies always love it.
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kmd52@yahoo.com


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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  07:11:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit kmd52@yahoo.com's Homepage Send kmd52@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I own a yarn shop and we have been pleased with it. And I also find that I can throw it into the washing machine and dryer.
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imalulu
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USA
13 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2012 :  08:18:24 AM  Show Profile Send imalulu a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Kate, I am in the northern ADKs, Saranac Lake. I agree with those that have recommended Berroco Comfort. I have knit two pairs of socks out of Berroco Comfort Sock yarn and love the feel. It washes and dries (in dryer) very nicely. I spend a lot of time in Florida in the winter and these are my go to socks, there, when I need them, over my wool ones.
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