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Does this Pill?

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We are asked two questions more often than any others here at Piney Creek Yarn, so we thought we’d share the answers with all of you.

  • 1.Is the frog real? Yes! The frog is real and we love to talk about her so if you have any questions about Orange Terribilis dart frogs then we probably have answers.
  • 2.Does this pill?

The question that affects so many buying decisions, “does this pill?” The short answer is yes, everything will pill, eventually. Well, except Nako Anti-Pill DK weight yarn available in store nako.jpg

Let’s break down what pilling is, why it happens and what can be done.

Pilling is a byproduct of fiber and, contrary to popular belief, is not an issue of quality with the product. In fact, most of the higher quality yarns—such as cashmere—are the greatest offenders.

Wait, What?

Pilling is formed when fibers work their way lose and form together in little balls. Short fibers, such as cashmere, loosely spun fibers and soft, slippery fibers easily separate from other fibers.

The soft squishy yarns that are so well loved will be the first offenders when it comes to pilling. Fear not, it is OK to get the soft squishy yarn and make a beautiful sweater or other garment with it.

Love that loosely spun super soft short fiber yarn? You can reduce its tendency to pill by using a smaller needle or hook to create a tighter fabric, or choose a stich pattern such as seed stitch, which will hold the fibers in a little tighter.

Check the abrasion areas on your garment, such as arm pits, sides and where you carry a bag or other areas where friction occurs. When you see the fuzz, carefully cut, don’t pull, it off.

Avoid using fabric softeners on your items; as mentioned above, the softer the fibers the quicker they are to pill.

There are many different tools for managing pilling, including a sweater stone which we sell in store. It’s like a pumice stone that you use to brush of the little pill balls and it will last “forever.” You may also use a razor to slice of those pesky pills. Be careful to cut the pills and not pull the pills. If you pull, you may pull more fiber with them.

The good news is once all those short fibers have worked their way out of your garment, the pilling will greatly reduce and stop. Yes, you read that right, pilling will stop, so create, wear and enjoy your work.


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