This class is in a one-hour lecture format. There will be time for Q&A at the end but no hands-on attention.
If you aren’t sure what's going to happen when you cast on a new skein of yarn or are mystified just reading a yarn label, this one-hour lecture is for you. We'll look at two important qualities that affect the way a yarn behaves: what the yarn is made of and how the yarn is made. We’ll start by taking a look at yarn construction, considering different yarn structures (singles, plies, novelty yarns, chainettes, tapes and more) and processes (like superwashed, mercerization and the woolen versus worsted distinction). Then we’ll talk about fiber content, comparing and contrasting wool, other animal fibers like alpaca and mohair, cotton and other plant fibers, plus silks, synthetics and more. Once you understand more about how yarns behave, you’ll find it easier to select yarns that are perfect for your project. You’ll also be able to find the perfect patterns for yarns already in your stash.