The Hand of Yarn
And new episode of Knitting With QueerJoe is out. The hand of yarn is all about vocabulary to discuss the tactile experience of different yarns.
The Hand of Yarn Might Be Useful Vocabulary
Given that many of our purchases may be made sight unseen. Or more accurately, feel unfelt, you may want to brush up on how you describe how a yarn feels.
Unless you have years of experience with enough yarns, it’s difficult to find new yarns to get the fabric result that you want.
Yes, I have a large stash of yarn. But even with all the yarn I have to feel in-person, I still find it difficult to find specific yarns I’m looking to purchase.
Do you have a favorite yarn for hats? What weight of yarn is it? The fiber content? Is it tightly or loosely spun. Single or multi-ply? Does washing the yarn affect the drape of the resulting fabric?
While it would be impossible to come up with global standards to describe the hand of a yarn, you can improve your chances of getting the yarns you want by adding new words to your fiber vocabulary.
While I can’t convey all of the ideas and words I’d like to in a 20 minute video blog, I’m hopeful you can find it useful. And also add to the conversation with your comments.
The two projects I show in the video have been completed. Well, almost. Here’s the completed pair of Rose’s Fingerless Mitts.
I just need to wash the second mitt so the yarn blooms and softens. You can see the difference in the two mitts, no?
I also finished the Snug Cowl/Gaiter shown in-progress in the video.
I’m not a huge fan of grays, but craft show customers often are. We’ll see how fast it sells.