Wednesday, 24 June 2009

¿Lana o acrílico? / Wool or acrylic?




¿No detestan comprar madejas sin etiquetas, y tener la impresión de que la persona que les vende el hilado les dice lo que se ve que ustedes quieren escuchar? Yo soy bastante desconfiada. A las madejas etiquetadas en la hilandería les creo un poco más, pero cuando no hay etiqueta... hmmm.



Don't you hate buying skeins with no label (note to my foreing readers, in my country, it's very rare that for yarns to have a label, you usually have to trust the sales person) and feel the salesperson is telling you what you want to hear? I'm very wary of salespeople in general. Whenever the yarn has a label, I more or less believe it, but when there isn't.... hmmm.






Hace tiempo que vengo escuchando el método de quemar un poco de hilado y ver qué pasa. Si se desintegra como ceniza, es lana. Si se hace pelotitas, es nylon. La mezcla, tiene algo de ambas.



I've been hearing about the burning method for quite some time. Basically, you should burn a lenght of yarn and see how it behaves. If the remains are just ash, then it's wool. If it makes little balls, then it's acrylic. Then you have different mixtures.






Como soy una pesona muuuuy curiosa, decidí ponerme el traje antiflama y experimentar.



Since I'm also very curious, I decided to don my fireproof suit and experiment a bit.






Probé con estos cuatro hilados: hilado de tweed de origen desconocido (suponía que sería mezcla de acrílico y lana); merino comprado en Nube; abajo a la izquierda, merino Reina, comprado en Maitén; al final, lana 100% comprada en Lanas Patagónicas.



I tried these four yarns from my stash: some tweed of unknown origin (I thought it was a mix); merino purchased at Nube; on the lower left corner merino Reina purchased at Maitén; and finally, 100% wool purchased at Lanas Patagónicas.












Acá ven una foto general de los hilados luego del quemado (recuerden que si cliquean puden agrandar la foto).



Here is a general picture of the yarns after burning (remember you can click to embiggen).










Con algo más de detalle, vemos que el tweed resultó ser en su mayor parte acrílico, con algo de lana:



Now for the details, we can see that the tweed turned out to be, indeed, mostly acrylic with some percentaje of wool:












La lana comprada en Nube como 100% merino, resultó tener acrílico (más lana que acrílico, pero de todos modos, me siento engañada).
The yarn purchased at Nube as 100% merino, turned out to have some acrylic in it too (mostly wool, but still... not what I was told).













Merino Reina, de Maitén: 100% lana merino (100% merino wool).







Lana de oveja, de Lanas Patagónicas: también 100% lana.



Wool, from Lanas Patagónicas: also 100% wool fiber.










Fue una buena experiencia, lástima que no pueda ir con un encendedor a probar así las lanas en los negocios! No tengo nada contra el acrílico, en cierta proporción puede aportar mucho a un hilado, incluso hay prendas que salen mejor en acrílico. Lo que no me gusta es que me mientan.



It was a good experience, too bad, though, that I cannot go into the store with a lighter and "try" the yarn, huh? Now, I don't have anything against acrylic, in fact, to some extent, I think they can enhance some yarns. But I don't like being taken in.




Ahora / Now,



1. agradézcanme que el olor a quemado no se puede poner en el blog, porque mi cocina apesta a lana quemada. / Be thankful that I did this myself in my own kitchen, which now reeks of burned sheep.






2. si alguna sabe qué debería pasar con el algodón, por favor cuénteme! / Should anyone know what should happen to cotton, please drop me a note!






3. díganme si les interesa que siga incendiando mi stash, a ver qué tienen los hilados sin etiqueta que nos venden como lana. / Tell me if you are interested in me burning up my whole stash for determining what the heck I've got in there.



21 comments:

Carl@ said...

Sabes que esa prueba me la hicieron en la lanera donde yo compro aqui, cuando quise averiguar si tenian algo parecido a la lana que compre por internet(la color blanca como la que compraste vos) Y el dueño del local me dijo que era acrilico con un poquito de lana, que no era lo que decian en la pagina.

Liz said...

Te admiro Andre, pero que mujer más creativa. Sos de lo que no hay! Your are something else.

Andrea said...

Bueno, entonces, cuando salimos con los encendedores a recorrer laneras?

natachaz said...

me has hecho reir...resulta que sos una incendiaria en potencia....
un beso!

Gaby said...

Esta sí que es la prueba de fuego de verdad! ;)
Pienso que el algodón se debe hacer cenizas tambien

Fernanda said...

Hola Andrea, a mi me quemaron una prenda que tejí con un cigarrillo y se me empezó a hacer un agujero bien grande pero no se desintegro.
Era segun "Milana" pura lana.
Muy bueno tu comentario. Un beso y espero que sigas bien.

Daniele said...

No burning up the stash!!! Please. I'll pass out!!

Loving the burn test - you were able to figure everything out! I still can't get over the fact that there aren't labels on everything!!? I have never bought a skein of yarn that didn't have a label on it. I would have to re-think my whole buying procedure if I lived there! Hmmmmmm....

Happy Weekend Andrea!

Nauma said...

Ya me imagino el titular del diario:
"Piromaniacas sueltas por Scalabrini Ortiz - Nueva Pandemia?"

En serio, es un engaño feo el que hacen estos productores. Gracias por hacer de laboratorio y tambien por aguantar el olor que dejan los pelos quemados. Quiza si empezamos a comentarlo alguna vez estos laneros recojan el guante y ofrezcan mas calidad.
Besos

Andrea said...

Me mataste Carla, ahora tengo que probar!

Liz, me estás cargando, si vos pintás, diseñás, cantás, tocás el piano... yo me inspiro mucho en vos!

Andrea y Natachaz, no me las hacìa tan amiga del encendedor. Arson!

Gaby: a probar el algodòn entonces!

Fernanda: gracias. Qué bajón lo de tu saco... yo tuve suerte con Milana.

Daniele: living dangerously, dear!

Nauma, gracias, y tenés razón, pienso igual. Hay que hacerse oir!

Penelope said...

Hola, lo mismo que vos hiciste lo hacemos en la facu para reconocer fibras. En el caso del algodon la llama es amarillenta rapida y tiene como un olor picante, el olor es parecido al del papel quemado ya que ambos estan compuestos por celulosa.
Como vos decis es una lastima no poder ir a las laneras con un encededor porque muchas te mienten...
Saludos,
Nahir

Andrea said...

Penélope, qué interesante! Gracias por el dato del algodón!!!

Nuria Iglesias said...

El algodón huele a papel quemado (al fin de cuentas, es celulosa...) y larga humo blanco. Los residuos son cenizas grises blandas y esponjosas. En la llama arde con llama amarilla y sigue incandescente hasta agotar la fibra. Suerte en tus pruebas!!

MARA said...

Pues no sabía eso de ir quemando para saber si es lana o no, gracias por el ejemplo y los comentarios en inglés, me gusta mucho este idioma y me gusta aprender cada día, asi que entre una cosa y otra , tu blog me parece fantastico y esta entrada muy didactica.
BESITOS, MARA
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Anonymous said...

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions

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