Educate me on yarn please
March 10, 2014 12:32 PM Subscribe
How the hell do people knit with/wear wool without wanting to scream from the scratchy awfulness? How can I tell from squeezing a ball of yarn whether or not it will be a good yarn to knit with in terms of comfort and longevity, etc.
So I have taken up knitting, enjoying it rather a lot, learned to knit continental style which is hella faster than the way I had been knitting, and I am finishing my first pair of socks with moderate success. Looking to knit some larger, more complicated items, and in most of the patterns I see there are so many recommendations for using wool and why it is the best. Well, when I am looking at yarn I always touch/squeeze/fondle the ball of yarn and the wool one always feel awful and scratchy and itchy. Does the wool magically transform after it is knit to not be sandpapery itch makers? And if not wool, then what? Acrylic wool is sort of sad and squeaky and just seems lame and cheap. Aren't natural fibers supposed to be best? Cotton yarn is what I have been using for my socks and it is soft and nice but I have the sense there is some reason why I shouldn't continue to use just cotton yarn.
And yes, I know I need to choose yarns with a similar guage or something to the wool suggested in the pattern, yadda yadda... Apparently I'm supposed to knit a test swatch or something and then measure it to check the size and adapt it as needed...? Doing THAT correctly is a whole other issue.