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Is there an easy way to tell if knitting yarn is wool or acrylic?

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting Yarn


In addition to what Kaye has said, animal and plant fiber yarns (wool, cotton, etc.) will have a fine, crumbly ash when they self-extinguish (all natural fibers self-extinguish when removed from the source of flame). Animal fibers smell like burning hair, plant fibers like burning paper. Acryllic yarns will not self-extinguish and smell like burning plastic (they smell like what they are), when they are extinguished the end will be a hard knob that does not crumble easily.

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