Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if a yarn is washable?
If a yarn says "superwash" on the label, then it is washable. The label will tell how to wash the yarn. Many yarns are hand-wash only. Be sure to check the label.
Which of your yarns are superwash yarns?
Maxima, Merino Soft & Tessin are all superwash yarns. Superwash is always wool and is noted on the label of each skein.
The yarn I want is discontinued, what would be a good substitute?
Keep special effect (novelty yarns) as a consideration. Some things will never look the same. You cannot replace a ribbon yarn for a basic wool because a ribbon knits different than basic wool. You will need to find a yarn to knit to the same gauge and as well as row gauge otherwise it will be too wide or too thin, or too long or too short. It would be best to visit your local professional yarn shop to help you with your selection.
How many stitches to the inch is the yarn? How many rows?
Usually found on the yarn label, if not it is listed on our price sheet or here on our website. You can also try to figure it out by taking a look to the needle size. The needle size will tell us a lot about a yarn. Needle size: 1-2=7 stitches per inch, 2-4=6 stitches per inch, 5-6=5 stitches per inch and so on.
Why is the needle size on the price sheet different from the needle size on the labels?
The price sheet is made in the U.S.A by Muench Yarns, Inc. as we cater to the U.S. market. The labels are created in Europe and they cater to the European market. Knitters in Europe knit differently than knitters in the United States, so we limit the needle size range.
How do I figure out the yardage of the ball of yarn if it only states the meters?
Meters are 10% more than yards. The equation is meters multiplied by 1.10 (110%) For example: a 90 meter skein of yarn is 99 yards.
How many yards of yarn on a cone?
It depends on the weight of the cone and each cone varies in weight. Here is the simple way to figure out the yardage. Find the yardage per skein, divide by 1 and then multiply by 10. Find out the weight of the cone and multiply it by the yardage already divided by 1.1.
For example: Touch Me is 60 yards per skein divided by 1.1= 54.5, 54.5 multiplied by 10 = 545.0 yards per pound If the Touch Me Cone weighs 1.68 lbs. you would multiply 1.68 by 545 to equal 915.6 yards.
Still doesn't make sense? We would be happy to help you with the above equation. Give us a call, email, but please just Contact us.
What is felting? What types of yarn felt?
Felting is when wool is subjected to moisture, heat & pressure. Wools are the only fibers that felt. If wool is a treated super wash, it will not felt. Maxima and Merino Soft are both superwash yarns, they will not felt. Naturwolle is 100% untreated wool. This yarn will felt beautifully. Touch Me felts, but only a bit because it is only 28% wool. That is the only part of Touch Me that felts.
How can Touch Me yarn be felted?
Place the article in a garment bag, then into the washing machine with some old t-shirts or other articles in the same color family. If it is too large place in the garment bag, wash with loose with articles in the washer. The idea is for the machine to have balance without the risk of color bleeding or creating lint. Set the machine on the regular cycle. Set the water temperature to hot. Add a small amount of detergent. Run it through a full cycle. Place all items in the dryer. Dry until the Touch Me item is almost entirely dry. Remove the Touch Me garment and lay it flat to continue drying. You have completed the felting process! Enjoy!
What yarn do you have that is a DK weight?
DK stands for double knitting. I t is an old British term. It means 5.5 stitches to the inch. Maxima & Bali are both DK.
What yarn do you have that is a worsted weight? Heavy worsted weight?
Worsted weight is 4.5 stitches per inch. Samoa & Java are worsted weight yarns.
Samoa could also be considered a heavy worsted weight. Heavy worsted weight is 4.25 stitches per inch.
What yarn do you have that is a chunky weight?
Chunky weight is 3.5 stitches per inch. Naturwolle & Aspen are chunky weight yarns.
What yarn do you have that is a sport weight?
Sport weight is 5 stitches per inch. Bali & Java are sport weight yarns.
What yarn do you have that is a fingering weight?
Fingering is 6.0 stitches per inch. Merino Soft is a fingering weight yarn.
What does mercerized mean?
The yarn, usually cotton, is treated with an alkali, which stabilizes it. Also gives the yarn a shiny appearance.
What does gazed (gasiert, gassed) mean?
The yarn, usually cotton, is pulled through an open flame to burn off all the little hairs. The little hairs are what create pilling on cotton sweaters. Yarns that are gazed do not pill as much.
What does a selvedge (end) stitch mean?
It is a stitch at the end and beginning of every row, usually a garter stitch. It gives the finished garment a better look and allows it to be sewn together easier.
Why is Touch Me on back order for so long?
Demand is higher than supply. Micro-viscose, a component of Touch Me, is in high demand and the mill has back orders with their supplier. We suggest that you place an order now if you want Touch Me - it is out best seller! Try felting it.
Where are your yarns manufactured?
All of our yarns are manufactured in Europe. By law we have the country of origin on every label.
Why do the manufacturers discontinue popular yarns?
There are many reasons for a manufacture to discontinue yarns. The two most popular reasons are hard to get raw goods and prices for raw goods are too costly. The yarns did not sell well in Europe yet did well in USA, therefore Europe discontinues it. Another reason is in many times we sign contracts with the manufacturers based on our projected demand for 1 to 3 years. The manufacturer will buy the raw good accordingly. When the raw goods run out, we must sign a new contract. In some cases the prices are much higher than the original contract, which leads us to discontinue a favorite yarn. In the past we had a yarn for 2 seasons, we sold it really well. We were excited to sign a new contract, until we discovered the price was 35% higher than the last contract price. We discontinued the yarn because we thought a 35% increase was excessive for our customers to pay.