It Just Feels Different
Over the years, some fans have reflected that they dislike when a same brand can feel different. Sometimes the fan thinks they are experiencing a product defect. It’s more complicated than that.
I have run into this as well. In one brand, the red colour feels different than the rest of the colours. In another brand, the green balls will not felt as much as the rest of the other yarns in the same brand.
Consumers demand colours and lots of them. They want to see unusual colours or something really funky. Instead of me explaining this is really technical terms, let me try to explain to you in a scenario that most of us can relate to.
The Hair Salon – Dying Hair Scenario
We pick out a colour for our colour technician to dye our hair. Sometimes, the dye can be applied and we get the colour we wanted. Other times, the technician will tell us that we need to dye our hair a completely different colour and/or bleach our hair in order to get the colour we wanted. Our hair is dyed twice in one sitting to get the fierce colours we wanted.
The truth is, we get the colour we wanted but sometimes the road to the colour just isn’t as simple as one application, it has to be prepared and yarn is the same way.
Yarn Softness Difference
The solutions for dying yarn are not equal in how the dye is applied. For example, when you go to dye your Easter Eggs with colouring, we simply drop a few drops of this and few drops of that in a pot of water. You may notice that some colours really stick to the egg to be bold while other eggs look really pale as the dye hasn’t reacted the same. This is normal.
The way that each colour mix is made is unique with different formulas and so on. Chemists know that when you dye items that certain colours require different chemical properties in order for the colour to adhere to the fibers. This difference of chemicals can react to the fibers differently.
The reaction and process involved for achieving the colour can dictate the softness. Some fans think, “Well the colour is just a standard primary colour, what’s the big deal?” We don’t know the process of everything involved in dying the yarn. What we perceive as being simple many actually be really complicated.
Here in North America, it’s a wide spread fantasy that our yarns need to be the same feel and exactly the same across the entire colour lines. With some brands there are no dye lots which means the manufacturer has to get it right and be the exact same colour each and every time. It’s harder to achieve than you may realize. It is amazing what difference in colour can be made by just accidentally being light in one element of the dying process.
Next time you are in the yarn aisle, touch the yarns and see if you can spot the difference and determine which colours are softer.
In premium and higher end yarns, more applications are made to the fibers to achieve the softness. In the world of yarns, yarns are not equal. When comparing regularly priced yarns in the yarn store, the price difference isn’t about greed and/or up selling, it is usually reflective to the quality which comes back to how the yarn is made and processes involved. Making yarn isn’t a simple process. At the end of day, I’m grateful that I don’t have to spin up my yarn first and can just buy a fabulous yarn ball at the store that is ready for me to crochet. I think if we all had to colour and spin our yarn first, we would appreciate the process of having ready-made yarn balls.