Tips and Tricks — yarn qualities

Pilling - what causes it and what can you do about it?

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Pilling - it is so frustrating! You have spent hours knitting or crocheting and your item is perfect, and then, over time, little balls or fluffy strands of fibre appear on the surface. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?

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Weight of wool - why does a 50g ball of yarn not always weigh 50g?

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So you have bought some yarn and you suddenly realise that some of the balls or skeins are a bit lighter and some maybe a bit heavier than it says on the label. Is this a mistake? Are you missing out? Or what is going on?

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Is viscose natural? And what about bamboo?

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I get asked this question a lot by customers keen to avoid synthetic fibres. Is viscose natural?

The short answer is: yes, sort of. Find out more about what is involved in creating yarn from viscose or bamboo!

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Yarn colour and batch numbers

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Each ball of yarn carries a colour code and a batch number on their label. Yarns with the same batch number have been through the same colour run. Sometimes (not always) you may get very slight variations in tone if you have balls with different batch numbers. In most cases, the differences tend to be very minor and often hardly noticeable (it is still the same colour!), but we nevertheless aim to ship out yarn with the same batch number whenever possible. Unfortunately sometimes different batch numbers simply can't be avoided for a variety of reasons.  Does it actually matter? The answer is that it depends...

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Confused about yarn weights?

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If you are like me, you probably enjoy reading knitting books and magazines from all over the world. And that's where it can get really confusing. Have you ever despaired over trying to work out which kind of yarn you should use for a pattern you like, or which needle size is required?

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