I truly do not understand your latest poll question.....woolen or worsted? And the 30 + percent answering likewise means I am not alone! You are talking about 2 different subjects...woolen is the fiber content, worsted is the size of yarn. What were you TRYING to ask? Thanks, Sharon
I believe the terms "woolen" and "worsted" in this case refer to how the yarn was spun. Woolen spun yarn is minimally processed prior to spinning allowing the fibers to "jumble" together producing a yarn that is "lofty" and warm, but at the expense of durability. Worsted spun yarns are carded and combed making the fibers lie nice and neat next to each other. This yarn is smooth and durable but without the "loft" and warmth as the woolen-spun yarns. The extra processing of the worsted-spun yarns leads to more waste and more expense that is past onto you, the buyer. I hope this helps, I know these terms can be very confusing in light of all the other meanings. Disclaimer: I am not a spinner, nor do I play one on TV. But I did recently read up on this in my handy-dandy "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" by our very own Queen Bee, page 252. PS, Welcome to the Forums; you'll love it here!
Thanks for the explanation. In this context the question makes sense. I'm not a spinner so did not understand. I've been reading and "lurking" on this site for several years, and thoroughly enjoy the info.
I think that the fact that such a high percent of responders didn't know the difference is also interesting information. Perhaps Clara designed the question purposely just to find out how many of us don't know the difference. As a teacher I try to design questions so that I think that I recognize most of the different responses that my students will give me. I'm almost always surprised at some of the responses that I get. Makes me a better teacher to try to think like my students.