chloe. yarn. May 26th , 2018.
Yarn quantities for handcrafts are usually measured and sold by weight in ounces or grams. Common sizes include 25 g 50 g and 00 g skeins. Some companies also primarily measure in ounces with common sizes being three-ounce four-ounce six-ounce and eight-ounce skeins. Textile measurements are taken at a standard temperature and humidity because fibers can absorb moisture from the air. The actual length of the yarn contained in a ball or skein can vary due to the inherent heaviness of the fibre and the thickness of the strand; for instance a 50 g skein of lace weight mohair may contain several hundred metres while a 50 g skein of bulky wool may contain only 60 metres.
Other animal fibers used include alpaca angora mohair llama cashmere and silk. More rarely yarn may be spun from camel yak possum musk ox cat dog wolf rabbit or buffalo hair and even turkey or ostrich feathers. Natural fibers such as these have the advantage of being slightly elastic and very breathable while trapping a great deal of air making for a fairly warm fabric.
In Europe textile engineers often use the unit tex which is the weight in grams of a kilometre of yarn or decitex which is a finer measurement corresponding to the weight in grams of 0 km of yarn. Many other units have been used over time by different industries.
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