What is the difference between the performance of each type of fiber

Update: 04-01-2022
Abst: Angora mixed yarn has been treated and coated to allow it the ability to be tossed in the washer.  Unlike its counterpart, non-superwash wool, it is m...
Angora mixed yarn has been treated and coated to allow it the ability to be tossed in the washer.  Unlike its counterpart, non-superwash wool, it is more ‘slippery’ than non-superwash yarn so using it in colourwork means the yarn fibres won’t ‘grip’ together as well as a wooly yarn. Our top tip for selecting yarn is to follow the fibre type that the pattern recommends as closely as possible. If you’ve fallen in love with a skein of cool cotton, and the pattern calls for wool, you can give it a go with wool but have realistic expectations - the finished object will have a different drape and feel than the pattern you fell in love with. We can help you find a project that fits for the yarn you’ve just gotta have. Crafters sure use a lot of interesting words to talk about yarn. It can feel like another language! We’re here to help with some info on what the heck all these crafty words actually mean. 


Heathered - Different colours and textures can be blended together in heathered yarn. The end result can be a softer, more muted colour.

Marled - Multiple, multicoloured yarns twisted together, creating a “marbled” appearance.

Variegated - This is yarn dyed with more than one colour. Some yarns can have a less distinct or more subtle variation that others. 

Ombre - From the French term for “shaded”, this typically refers to a gradual colour change from light to dark, or one colour to another. Sometimes the yarn will do all the work for you to create this effect or you can create it on your own with the right colours. 

Tweed - Yarn has a primary colour that is flecked with other colours, creating a speckled appearance.

Self Striping - As the name implies, this type of yarn creates stripes as you craft.

Fade - When colours flow from one to the next. This can be achieved by a slow transition between colours. Usually two colours will be alternated for several rows before the first colour is completely dropped from the project.