Why choose wool for knitting
Wool sounds great, and it is, but there is one potential problem that keeps some knitters from giving up all other fibers for good: wool allergies or sensitivities.
Wool is also quite resilient, so when you stretch something that has been knitted with wool, it tends to spring back to its original position. This makes wool a great choice for projects that need to stretch to fit, such as hats, ear warmers, fingerless gloves and similar items.
The crimps in the fiber also make wool bulky. The fiber is full of air, which makes it quite warm in the winter, but it can also be used to keep heat out during the summer. Thin wools have more crimp, while coarser wools have less crimp.
Wool yarn is probably the most popular fiber out there, and its no wonder that people love working with it. Wool is springy and easy to work with, producing knitted objects that are warm, durable and long-lasting.
Treat stains as soon as possible with cold water and seltzer water. Blot with a cloth rather than towels. Seek the advice of a dry cleaner for stubborn stains.
Wool is sensitive to agitation and hot water, which causes the overlapping scales of the fiber to stick together, what we call shrinkingKnitting with Wool - Tips for Knitting with Wool knitting wool, or, if we do it on purpose, felting.
Wool allergies are pretty rare, but lots of people have reactions to the dust and dander that can collect in wool, or simply find it itchy. Before you knit for another person, make sure you know if he or she can tolerate wool.
Wool is a great fiber even for beginning knitters, and many people recommend that new knitters start by knitting with wool. Thats because wool is very forgiving. It is naturally elastic, which makes it easier to keep an even tension.
Wool has been used by humans for centuries and is still an incredibly popular knitting yarn because of its naturalness, the ease in working with it and the wide variety of colors and textures available.