Wednesday, July 06, 2011

3 posts in one day?

I let it block flat for a while so that the stitches would speak out. Now it's on the glass head.

GoodneighborMarilyn called earlier today and said she had a bag of yarn for me. It was decent yarn that I won't discuss because I always think that's kind of boring. If you're into that sort of thing, I've updated my stash on Ravelry and you can see what I've got to play with.

I mention this because there is a boatload of this stuff pictured below and there was no label. The weight and skein size feels similar to alpaca that I've purchased so I'm going to guess there's at least 800 yards. I'm also going to guess that there is some acrylic/viscosey thin in it but I'm not sure if it's completely synthetic- there's a thin thread of something running through it, I'm guessing to give it stability. Anyone have any guesses? It smelled like moth balls if that's any clue. you wouldn't really need to put acrylic yarn in moth balls.

Maybe I can find someone who is allergic to wool and someone else who is allergic to alpaca and see if they react.


JelliDonut said...

I'm cracking up at the thought of you running up to total strangers and rubbing their faces with yarn!

Roxie said...

Put a candle in the sink (safety first) and light it. Take few inches of the yarn and slowly bring it to the flame.

Does it melt and ignite before even touching the flame? When you blow out the fire, dors it leave a hod, hard little glob? Acrylics polyesters and other plastics behave that way.

Does it crisp up and smell like burned hair? Is the ash all crispy? Wool,and other protein fibers do that.

If it doesn't burn until touched by the flame, flares up like straw, and leaves a cool ash, it's bast fiber like cotton, rayon, or linen.

Blends, of course, will behave like all components of the blend. Good luck wiith the identifications.

Roxie said...

The hat, by the way, totally rocks!!!