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.
Is there a KnitPicks equivalent to Noro?
I also want to knit the Revontuli shawl. I was wondering if the Stroll Chroma would be a good substitute for either of these yarns called for in the pattern: Aade Lõng,Evilla'r or Kauni's.
As for Noro, is there is specific yarn line you would like a recommendation for? Knit Picks has Chroma (available in fingering and worsted weight) which has long, gradual color changes similar to the colors of Noro. It is a bit different as far as fiber blends go - it is a super soft merino blended with a bit of nylon for added strength. It is also a single, and much softer than any of the Noro yarns in my opinion.
Are you on ravelry at all? I looked up the Revontuli shawl you asked about, and it looks like people have used the Chroma Fingering yarn for the yarn and the projects look beautiful! It looks like most people used 2 balls of Chroma Fingering, but a few made smaller sized Revontuli shawls with one ball. You can click here to see the projects that used the chroma yarn for this shawl.
Hope this helps and happy knitting!
My apartment has developed a persistent clothes moth problem (aided and abetted no doubt by my sizeable yarn stash and finished projects collection). I'm experimenting with non-wool yarns. I use acrylic for charity knitting since most charities only accept easy care yarns, but for myself I want more choices. I tried corn, am casting on bamboo and have purchased some milk yarn. Have you considered adding more non-traditional fibers, especially in finer weights? I'm still looking for a good laceweight not attractive to moths since I may have to give up my hanks of Alpaca Cloud and Shadow.
Can I add to your request? Does anybody know of an environmentally-friendly alternative to chemical mothballs, like a plant oil or something similar?
Is Crayon going away??? I noticed all the colors are being discontinued. I really like this yarn for all my baby gifts! I hope it is not being discontinued :-(
Sorry for the bad news! Crayon has been discontinued for close to about a year now.