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Knitting Wool – Creating Lasting Apparel With Wool

By Tiffany Davis

Finding the right knitting wool is not as easy as some of us would like it to be. While wool is very pliable material, it also has some distinct disadvantages anybody considering knitting with it needs to keep in mind.

To cut costs, wool comes from animals other than sheep these days. Goat, alpaca, and llama wool are all commonly found on store shelves labeled simply as “wool”, along with the sheep variety. In use, there is no real difference as they feel essentially the same and react similarly to getting wet or other types of stimuli.

If you are just starting out knitting, wool is probably the best material for you to start with. It is very flexible and easy-to-use, does not get damaged easily while you are actually knitting. The downside is that will take some special care instructions after you are done knitting. For instance, if you do not want what you have knitted to shrink, then you need to always wash the wool in lukewarm or cold water. With that in mind, many people who knit with wool intentionally knit their creations too large to accommodate for this fact. Agitation is also a big problem with wool because it can make it clump up. For this reason, make people choose to hand wash any of their wool-made clothing.

When looking for the perfect wool, be sure that you look at the caring instructions on the label. This way you can be sure that anything you knit will remain intact once you are done. Some even have special instructions for while you are knitting, so this is especially important for you to pay attention to.

Hand washing can not be recommended enough to the person looking to keep their wool clothing intact. There is no risk of clumping, shrinking, or tearing when something is hand washed. Hanging them up to dry as opposed to putting them in the dryer is also a good idea, as it reduces the chances of the above risks as well.

Just about every fabric store carries knitting wool, as do some large department stores in their sewing or knitting sections. Every retailer will carry different brands, colors, and types of wool so be sure that you comparison shop to get exactly what you want. Because the material is so delicate, you want to be able to get a type that will react exactly as you want it to when washed, dried, or even worn — so choose carefully and compare your options. This way you will not have knit a whole sweater only to find out it is un-wearable later on.

Whether you’re a grandma or a grandkid, wool for knitting is a must own for knitting your own clothing.

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