Journey through the wonderful world of yarn

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OK, I mastered the all so important basic stitches – now how do I choose the right yarn for my project? Or how do I find the perfect project for that gorgeous yarn which started me on knitting / crocheting?

Well... those are actually not the first questions you need an answer for. The most important question is:

Who will be in touch with my product?

If you mean to make some sort of clothing – who will be wearing it? If it's a blanket, a cover or even a rug – who will be using it? And in what way?

A coat or a rug would have minimal skin contact. But a child or a pet is likely to roll over a rug or hug mom's coat. A blanket will probably be used with some sheet, protecting the skin from direct contact. But a baby is likely to be tucked in it.


In the next few posts I mean to go through the different yarn types – as for material, quality, structure, weight, but mostly I will try to point out ideas about the specific needs different user groups are expected to have. In this first post I'll start chronologically – in a way – with the most vulnerable and most important group – the


BABIES


  1. Wool and wool containing yarns.
    Do not – EVER – use any yarn, containing animal fur fibers for any baby items. It might trigger wool allergy later in live.
    Do not – EVER – use any kind of mohair (natural or man-made), fur (animal or faux), any eyelash yarn or any “fluffy” or shaggy fiber for babies, they increase SBDS risk.
  2. Only hypoallergenic fibers should be used for babies.
    NOTE!
    Eco-friendly does not necessary mean hypoallergenic, let alone baby friendly. Most of the natural dyeing or coloring products are highly allergenic. Which does not mean artificial ones are not – but usually they stay in the fiber (i.e. any access amount is wiped out during some of the high temperature treatments, when they are part of the process). Some of the new “green” (or at least from renewable sources) are sometimes marked as “eco-friendly”. But they are made out of cow’s milk protein, soy and corn – products known to cause a high percentage of the food and contact allergies. These yarns should not be used for any baby products. The same goes for recycled yarns – they have no place anywhere near babies. Although there are some cases of allergies to linen and cotton most times it’s safe to say they are recommendable materials for preparing baby items.
  3. Colors
    As a general trend I do suggest using lighter colored yarns for babies rather than bright colored ones. And not because – or rather not only because – these colors are usually considered as “baby colors”, but because they are less likely to loose coloring chemicals… living them on the sensitive baby skin. Not that all bright colors are dangerous, not at all. But… better safe than sorry. It’s always best to use yarns, marked as “baby” for babies – like
    this one


    hypoallergenic baby yarn on Etsy

    I have on my Etsy shop
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