Picking the Perfect Yarns

images (9)Beginner knitters may be trying out this new method to relieve stress and anxiety, or they may simply love the idea of knitting their own blanket. Whatever the reason, beginner knitters often wind up throwing themselves into one project or another, and wind up feeling confused as they look at the large selection of Rowan string that is offered.

There is tweed, alpaca, wool cotton and others. It can be a bit overwhelming, but beginner knitters can follow this guide for their first project.


Most people have heard of Alpaca sweaters. These sweaters are known for being softer than other types, and that is exactly what this product is known for too.

Projects produced from Alpaca will be impressively soft, and will feel wonderful against the skin. Sweaters made from this material are known for keeping individuals warm during the coldest winters, and for being comfortable for the pickiest individuals.

Alpaca fiber is ideal for projects that are intended for individuals that have allergies due to the hypo allergic nature. Alpaca has a different genetic makeup than wool, so it will not hang onto dust and other allergens like wool fibers do. Instead of fibers collecting dust, resulting in the person itching and sneezing, they will feel comfortable and warm all day long.


Wool is a popular choice, and many individuals are familiar with wool sweaters. Wool is a universal product that will work well for any project that knitters want to last awhile. Wool is usually a more average price, and will last an average amount of time without showing excessive wear and tear like other varieties, such as Alpaca.

Alpaca is a great product for everyone, but it does tend to cost a bit more than more common products, such as wool. Wool can be used for everything from curtains to sweaters to blankets. It is not as absorbent as cotton, but it does still absorb a small amount of water when washed.


Cotton is known for being soft and absorbent. A simple glance through one’s closet can easily reveal a number of cotton products. Common pieces of clothing and other cloth items are usually made of cotton, such as sheets, blankets, shirts, socks and so on. All three of the types of yarns listed are ideal for clothing, but cotton is usually the most affordable and easiest to care for.

There is one thing that tends to make cotton stand out from the rest: it is great for towels. Other Rowan products, such as Alpaca and Wool are great choices for clothing, but knitters that plan on making towels are encouraged to go with cotton. Cotton can absorb more water than Alpaca and Wool, meaning that it is easier to wash (hence why it is so popular for clothing), and is ideal for towels.

Knitting has a great deal of health benefits, and can reduce levels of anxiety in a matter of minutes. When knitters begin their first project, the wide selection of Rowan products available can make things a bit confusing. “What type of yarns should be used for certain projects?” is a commonly asked question, and it comes with a rather simple answer: whatever type you feel is best.

Individuals that like Alpaca can make anything they would like out of this high quality product, and cotton is so universal it can be used for anything. There are no rules or set standards as to which product is best for certain projects, excluding towels.

Individuals that plan to make towels are encouraged to use cotton due to its high absorbency. Take the time to explore different varieties of Rowan yarns to discover your favorite types; it will be a fun process.

Years ago, Katherine found herself unable to work a traditional job. As the hours passed by, and she watched her husband sheer the sheep, she decided to make her own yarns. As it became a popular product at local farm markets due to its exceptional quality. It was then that this small business began to grow.