Susan, the Swish Tonals look beautiful. I wonder, though, if the color variation would compete with the pattern. What do you think? Can you tell me if Swish is softer/drapier than WOA? Thanks for your help.
I am making a scarf with WOtA. It seems very itchy. Will washing it make it less so? Would adding lanolin help?
Thanks so much for any thoughts,
Sue, WotA does not have a low micron count so it can be scratchy next to the skin. Washing it may soften it up a bit. I'm sure either a conditioner or lanolin may help. But if you want something softer next to the skin, you might try something like merino. Merino has a low micron count which means it will be softer next to the skin. Wool has tiny scales on the outer layer of the fiber. The more scales the lower the micron count. This means the scales are closer together and so they don't stick out as much and feel softer. Another fiber that is usually soft next to the skin is alpaca. Superwash wools also tend to be softer because the scales are "glued" together to prevent felting when washed in a machine.
One of my sisters told me she wanted me to knit her hat with Karabella's Aurora 8 because it wasn't scratchy since it is cotton. I started laughing and told her it was wool, but it is merino wool. She wouldn't believe me until I showed her the label.
Hope this helps you understand a bit about different fibers. You might consider looking to see if your local library has The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes or The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius. They are both excellent sources for understanding the different kinds of fiber.