Friday 9 November 2012
This Robin Perle is very pretty but the very devil to unwind - it nearly drove my Mother round the bend trying to unravel the knots I got the first skein into and she usually loves untangling for me. You can see it looks quite wild! The label states it is coupon free so these definitely date from the 1940's or early 50's.
This Jewel yarn from Pearsalls and Hayfield is much more sensibly packaged - the end is pulled out from the centre without unwrapping the skeins. And of course this keeps the yarn in pristine condition. In fact I have to say that all the yarns I've bought have been in perfect condition without a hint of mothballs or damp.
This "Artificial Silk" is really beautiful. All these yarns are made from Rayon and although I knew it was a man-made fibre I had to google it to find out exactly what its made from and it turns out to be manufactured from plant-based cellulose. So its not completely artificial and doesn't come from anything horrible like oil or coal.
It all has a lovely sheen as you can see in the photo above, and I expect most of it was bought to make those pretty crochet doilies that were so popular in times gone by - and still seem sought after by crafters today for modern projects.