Hello friend, an email I received today inspired me to write about
fiber content and characteristics for knitters and embroiderers.
The emailer is a hand knitter and noticed on the Brown Sheep Yarn
website that we handle the yarn, and wanted to know if we had a
certain color of Lamb's Pride Superwash Wool. I had to respond that
we did not have her particular color in Superwash, but did have it
in Lamb's Pride Bulky and Lamb's Pride Worsted. I added that we do
not have a large stock of the Superwash version because MANY of our
customers are doing felting projects and Superwash will not felt.
So what's the difference? Any yarn or fiber labeled superwash has
been treated so it will not felt, shrink, or bias. It does NOT mean
it is waterproof or has water "shedding" characteristics above and
beyond the normal water "shedding" that wool does naturally.
Therefore if you are buying a new garment that you wish to hold up
over a long period of time with regular wear, you would be wise to
look for a superwash label.
The downside is that some people are of the opinion that Superwash
yarns are not as soft and natural to the touch as normal untreated
wool. This may of course depend on the brand and the type of
Superwash treatment. But it remains that any garment or fiber
labeled Superwash is no longer an organic fiber. And that is a
downside because current trends show organic fibers being extremely
popular. In fact, organic ANYTHING is extremely popular right now:
organically grown meats, produce, dairy, eggs, cotton, flax, and the
list continues. Organically grown vegetables would be raised without
any chemicals whatsoever, no fertilizers or weed killers...
therefore organic wool can not be Superwash.
Knowing the characteristics of the fibers you use is critical for
machine embroidery as well. Just today I dealt with a pet peeve of
mine: a shirt I recently bought at an outlet store has an
embroidered logo patch on the sleeve, approximately 5" high by 4"
wide. After ONE light washing in cool water and air drying, the
patch is curled and distorted making the almost-new shirt appear old
Why did this happen? Because of the thread content used for the
embroidery. Check your threads to see what the content is. Is it
cotton thread? If so, expect shrinkage when the item gets near
water. We only sell threads at our shop that will not give you poor
Be careful with the materials you use. You are investing time and
your reputation in your items, as well as the reputation of EVERY
OTHER knitter or embroiderer... so invest in QUALITY materials
instead of the cheapest close-out at the "superstore."
You don't want your hand-made item to look used and worn after one
light washing, do you?
Of course not! Be proud of your work and use quality materials.
If you check the "files" section of this yahoo group, you will
notice a lot of new things to browse. I have uploaded the
registration forms and list of classes Carole and Jason will be
teaching at the PURLS OF JOY Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota in
the file called Purls of Joy.
I have added folders for Sewing & Embroidery Camp and Knitting Camp
2006 in the "files" section as well. The registration forms are
available. They are being uploaded now.
Carole is teaching at the SPRING FLING in Peru, Indiana April 21-22,
2006. If you would like information about that knitting seminar, let
Tamm Diamante dress yarn, on sale for a limited time.
Cotton for dishcloths or Summer Tops, still $6.50/pound despite
rising shipping costs from the mills on the east coast of the US.
McMorran Yarn Balance: we have sold these to satisfied customers for
a few years. The device accurately measures the yardage of any yarn
using a weighted balance. Simple and easy instructions included.
Electric Cone Winder: the one and only winder that winds onto
paper/cardboard cones, $249 +s/h (there is a pic of this in
the "photos" section)
Fiber Friends meets at Rocking Horse Farm Tuesday, March 21 6-9pm.
Bring your knitting/crochet project or spinning wheel.
Don't forget that Embroidery Club meets every first Saturday (next:
Sat. April 1, 2006) at 10am
Machine Knitting club meets every first Saturday (next: Sat. April
1, 2006) at 1:30pm.
These three clubs are free and always welcoming new guests.
Demonstrations are offered and "show and tell" is always a big treat.
LOOKING FOR A KNITTING or other CLUB NEAR YOU??????????????????????
A lot of new resources are popping up on the net to help people
locate machine knitting clubs or other guilds all over the US and
other places. Check our website's "links" page or write me for
details on these sites.
Happy knitting and sewing!