View Full Version : How can you tell what the fiber is?
08-19-2005, 02:54 PM
Hi everyone. I am new to this forum and new to knitting. I learned from my grandma when I was young and then just about a year and a half ago started knitting again. I really enjoy it. And I really love this site. It has been so helpful. My question is I just bought a nice clean bag of miscellaneous yarn at Goodwill. None of it had any labels so I can't tell what the fiber is. My question is, how can you tell what kind of fiber it is? It feels like wool and cotton but I'm not sure. :thinking: Any help would be great. Thanks.
08-19-2005, 02:58 PM
A good way is to cut off a small piece and burn it ( don't burn yourself or your house!).
If it melts, it's synthetic,
if it smells like burnt hair it is (animal) fiber,
if it smells like burnt wood/paper/leaves it is plant fiber.
08-19-2005, 03:21 PM
Thanks for your help. I'm going to try that tonight after I put my son to bed. I don't want him getting any ideas!
08-19-2005, 03:33 PM
Thanks for your help. I'm going to try that tonight after I put my son to bed. I don't want him getting any ideas! :lol: :lol:
08-19-2005, 04:25 PM
Also...try felting the ends together (video here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/videos/bas-tech-more/join-by-felting-rds.mpg)) if it is 100% wool, it will work! If not, it most likely contains synthetic fibers. :D
08-19-2005, 06:28 PM
How did you learn that bit of infor? :??
08-19-2005, 06:54 PM
nik...is a genius; yep ;)
08-19-2005, 07:35 PM
Yeah... that is right... I am just a genius! :eyebrow:
and I *might* have picked that up from crafster.org
08-19-2005, 07:40 PM
gee, setting fire to something to see what it's made of just seems like something i would do :?? ...there's a crafster tip on it?