In Search of Soft

These videos of the different ways in which yarn is made are mesmerizing. I’d love to see how some of the contemporary luxe yarn barnds of the US (or elsewhere) make their yarn.


How it’s Made – Cotton Yarn

How it’s Made – Wool

Rayon is a particularly comfortable fabric that unfortunately wrinkles very very easily and can also stretch out easily, so it’s not always the best fiber for all kinds of fabric. Occasionally, I’ve seen rayon knits, and some of these have a little bit more durability. I’m currently knitting a shrug made out of 60% cotton/40% rayon yarn that seems to have the best of both worlds–durability and softness–although cotton is also not the stretchiest fabric. The video below is pretty amazing; I had no idea the process was so complex.There’s also a short history of rayon here, although it doesn’t include nearly as much information about how it was discovered than I’d be interested in seeing.

How Rayon is Made (sound is not as good)


I might have to take a day off from work and watch a bunch of these videos.

What’s your favorite How it’s Made Video?

On the Needles for Fall 2014

knitting plans


These are the knitting projects I’m hoping to finish up within the next couple of months. Clockwise from the top:

1. Learn to Knit Hat & Hand Warmers by Purl Bee, with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Thirst Heather.

2. The Boyfriend Hat by Purl Bee, one for Matt with Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Desert Sage, and another for myself with the yarn held double (as the project calls for)–with Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Ivory & Sea Foam.

3. Honey Shrug by Quince & Co, with Knit Picks Shine (LOVE this yarn) in French Blue.

I only just realized typing this up that I’m only using Knit Picks yarn for all of these patterns. I bought the Shine just to test it out, and happened to have it with me when I visited El Paso during vacation–it’s amazing. It’s got excellent drape, and is soft without being too fluffy. The yarn does have a tendency to split just a tiny bit, but that’s in part because my needles are a bit sharp.

I’m also hoping to knit some hand-warmers for a friend if I’ve got any leftover of the Thirst, but I doubt that I will. (In which case–I’ll jut buy more yarn!) Additionally, I’m keeping an eye out for a nice cashmere to knit a shawl for Matt’s mom–hopefully I’ll be able to finish that before I visit for Thanksgiving.


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