Greenhorn Tip courtesy of Wenlan Chia from Twinkle’s Weekend Knits!
I came across this tip during a random pattern search. Very interesting.
Suppose you lose the label for a ball of yarn and you aren’t sure of the fiber content-NEVER YOU FEAR! Put your nose to the test. Yarn fibers vary, so their burning smell will vary as well. So…next time your are unsure about the fibers, take a lighter to the end of your yarn and smell away. Here is what you may smell:
Acrylic: burning plastic (go figure)
Silk: Burning hair
Wool: sheep (who knew 😉 )
Cotton: a burning candle wick
Bamboo: a barbecue skewer from the grill
There you have it! The smell test to determining your fibers.