Woolly wool is the term I use for my favorite type of knitting yarn. It is also referred to as being sticky. A close-up of my current project, the Croft Hoose Hat illustrates the wonderful characteristic of this type of yarn. I am using Alice Stanmore's Hebridean 2-Ply given to me by a friend before she moved, thank you Becky! If you look closely, you can see all the colors that make up the yarn. The yarn is not soft until the project is blocked. I find that when blocking a project made with this type of yarn the fabric gets better when worn and washed numerous times. The stranded floats on the inside mesh together making the fabric warm by filling in the spaces. Icelandic wool does the same thing. I also love that the fabric develops a halo. When I wet block my stranded knitting, I pull and stretch out the fabric before wet blocking. The project goes into a tepid bath with wool wash for a soak for about 20-minutes, and then the water is squeezed out. Depending upon the size of the project, I roll it in a towel and step on it to remove excess water or it goes into the washer's spin cycle. I spread some towels in an out of the way spot and let the smoothed or pinned project air dry. Beating the knitting with a yardstick (or I have been known to use a large wooden spoon) is another way to even out those stitches. The first time I heard about beating the knitting I thought, "These people are nuts." Later I learned that it is just another blocking process. When knitting samples for a yarn company, it was in my contract how to block the project and beating the knitting was part of the process. I have since purchased a "whapper," which is a large yardstick from Sheepy Yarn Shop.
|The colors appear warmer than in the photo above.|
|Each wisp of fiber is a different color and creates visual interest to the fabric.|
A new sample project for Amazing Threads, is the Gretta Hat. It is from Lux Adorna Yarns, and comes boxed with nine mini skeins. The pattern is downloadable with a code on the inside. The yarn is cashmere and while not my favorite type of yarn, I was pleasantly surprised at the result after wet blocking. The hat is very lightweight, soft, and warm.
|A trendy slouch hat.|