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Have you ever gone yarn shopping and been overwhelmed by all the different types of fiber? Wool, alpaca, viscose, rayon, acrylic...the list goes on and on.
This week I'm going to give you a taste of what each of those fibers has to offer. That way you can vary your yarn diet according to your stitching needs!
Wool is measured by microns aka prickle factor. Different wool fibers have different diameters and some have larger or small scales that make up each individual fiber. This pertains to all wool, not just from sheep. The smaller the micron count (diameter of the fiber shaft) the softer or less prickly the wool is. Human hair has a micron count between 40-80. Typically, anything over 30 microns can be quite prickly. Keep this in mind as we discuss the different types of wool.
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When picking which fiber you want to work with, think about what you are making, who or what it is being made for and what your budget is. You wouldn't want to select a $20 ball of silk/bamboo to make kitchen washcloths with. Despite the fact that bamboo is so absorbent, you're probably not looking to spend $10 a wash cloth. Opt for a less expensive cotton. Baby items work well done in a superwash merino wool where as heavy aran sweaters can be warm and durable in a great wool/alpaca blend. Linen blends are great for lightweight woman's wear that only needs to be hand washed every few wears. As tempting as it may be run in the yarn store and grab the first ball of string that catches your eye, it is important to check the labels and make sure it is right for your pattern.
I hope I've quenched your thirst for yarn knowledge and feed your fiber appetite!
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