Sometimes I just like to know why I like something. I know, crazy, right? For instance, what makes that certain wool so special? What is in it that makes me so happy? Another reason for having to know why is because I live 6 to 9 hours ahead of my knitting friends! So when I have a question regarding yarn or a pattern, I have to wait until they get up and have had their coffee before I “bombard” them with my questions.
For over 10 days now, it has not been above about -3C here. This has been the coldest winter to date … for me. There is some good news in all of this cold weather: this may be the year for the “Elfstedentocht” – the 11-city tour. It takes place, about 2-1/2 hours from where I live, in the North of part of the Netherlands.
And … I have been living in my new sweater, Flurry. Since I have washed it (I used Eucalan), the fibers have softened up and it has a bit of a drape to it. The yarn, Rowan Scottish Tweed lost a bit of its crunchiness from when I was knitting with it until I blocked it. So I wanted to know why does some wool yarn have crunch and why does some wools don’t.
Enter The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes (Amazon.com). I have been reading about, “scales” that are found on a wool fiber; “Down-type breeds” of sheep; crimp, loft and elasticity; and microns – the universal measurement for fiber fineness. Will this help me in my selection of yarn for my next project? Maybe, but I have no idea. I just reading why the fiber that I have chosen to work with is acting the way that it is.
The Martini Knitter