Get the best results from your yarn
- To obtain a uniform colour, it's better to use two balls of yarn at the same time, changing them every two rows;
- before sewing all the parts of your garment, iron them separately;
- when you work with several balls at the same time, they can get tangled up very easily! To avoid this, just place your yarn in separate plastic
- if you need to start a new ball, add the strand at the beginning of a row: in this way the adding will be invisible!
Generally, washing machine cleaning is not recommended for your knitwear, unless it is specifically allowed on the yarn label. To obtain
the best results from your hand-wash, just follow these simple tips:
- use a specific soap/detergent for wool or delicates and dissolve it in warm water;
- lwash one item at the time;
- leave it soak for a couple of minutes only if the soap instructions allow it. Otherwise gently press your garment without rubbing it;
- rinse it for several times, pressing gently to get rid of the water in excess;
- flat-dry your item in order to maintain its original shape.
Curiosities about wool
Wool is a natural fibre, obtained from sheep fleece. Its softness derives from a substance called lanoline, which is produced by the
sebaceous glands of the animal.
But how do we get the final yarns for our knitwear?
There are several production phases: the shredding, the drying, the cleaning and the dyeing of fibres.
Then, fibres are separated through the processes of carding and combing. Carding separates the fibres and makes them more or less
parallel, whereas combing renders the fibres almost perfectly parallel.
In the combing process, fibres are also twisted in order to obtain more resistant, fine and smoother yarns. This process allows in fact
to remove the shorter fibres and noils, and that's why combed yarns are more expensive than carded ones.