1. Q: Does it matter what yarn I use for my next project? What's the difference between them?
A: There are many types of yarn, each made from different fibres, and these can be animal-based, plant-based or man-made. Wool, mohair, silk, cashmere, llama, alpaca are all commonly used animal fibres and and are made up of protein. Cotton and linen (flax) are vegetable fibers, while synthetic fibers include acrylic, nylon, polyester, metallics and microfibers. There are pros and cons to each as every material has its own qualities, so for this reason they are often blended together when the yarn is spun. When purchasing any product it is always important to research the ethical aspects, particularly when it comes to animal-based yarns, but where your project is concerned, you shouldn't have to worry. Your knitting or crochet pattern will usually direct you to which yarn you need to use, so just follow the instructions.