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In todays world, this isnt your grandmothers knitting needles, yarn, or local yarn shops. Our world is online yarn stores, knitters blogs and eco-friendly yarn. The variety of yarn is staggering and we're not just talking color. Just walk into your local yarn establishment and gaze among the aisles, it is a maze of yarn. Its not as easy, however as simply picking out your favorite color either. If following a pattern, there are specifications to adhere to if the project is to look anything like the magazine cover picked up at the local yarn boutique. The first thing a pattern will reference when choosing yarn is its gauge, or weight. This is a swatch of knitted stitches and rows that constitute the length and width needed for a pattern. Beginners tend to disregard this and go for an exciting looking yarn and wonder why they can get their needles to work magic. As any of your local yarn enthusiasts will tell you, it will make the difference in your sweater fitting as intended or not at all. The weight of yarn ranges from lace to bulky. As you would guess, the lace weight is a lighter, finer type of yarn and bulky is a heavier, thicker yarn. The medium weight yarn is called worsted weight and is the most widely sold as it can be used for a variety of things. Its the easiest to find as well in major chain stores, online or any local yarn shop.
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Yarns used for knitting and crocheting have physical characteristics know as the fiber of the yarn. Or in simple terms, what the yarn is made of. Now this is what most crafters when talking with their local yarn experts and teachers want put their hands on. From scarves to sweaters, the feel and quality of the yarn is the key to enjoying the hobby. Local yarn sellers have the most variety and encourage customers to compare yarn fiber by running your fingers over the skeins of yarn. These days there are an ever growing list of yarn types; from silk to soy, washable to luxury. People who think that knitting is still for grandmothers need to go directly to a local yarn store where they specialize in unique yarns and see what can be done for a simple scarf. Yarns are not just ordinary cotton or wool yarns, but made of nylon and have a special texture or design about them. They have novel names as well such as Eyelash, Ladder, and Ribbon. Theyve become big business and helped bring knitting back to a major hobby again. Whether an expert or a beginner, thousands of yarns eagerly await to be part of a new project. If you are on a budget check out major chain stores or sales at local yarn boutiques. If originality is your love, there are plenty of local yarn specialty shops popping up even in small towns.