The age of dominance of synthetics has somewhat devalued the virtues of everything natural - too expensive and requires a lot of care. For example, natural wool is very capricious in leaving: loading it into a washing machine, it is better to forget what was the thing from it. Unless, of course, it was not superwash!
What kind of wool is this?
Superwash owes its appearance to the ubiquitous era of mechanization of domestic labor - now you make a rare housewife wash by hand. However, the convenience of a washing machine is detrimental to natural fabric: natural wool flakes tend to roll, which shrinks woolen things, especially if washed with synthetic powders.
The problem was solved by a technology invented by a couple of decades ago for processing wool with special oxidizing agents and a sizing mixture containing synthetic resins. This preserves every wool, as it were, helping to maintain its original appearance even after many washes.
The processing method makes one doubt the absolute naturalness of the product, declared by labels. However, the safety of things can reconcile with some admixture of "chemistry".
IMPORTANT: To understand that we have plastic yarn before us, the abbreviation SW on the label will help.
How is it different from usual?
Superwax differs from unprocessed yarn in luster and smoothness, unusual for natural materials. When the novelty appeared on the domestic market, many customers reacted with a completely justified distrust of the thread and its products. Trying to arouse the location of admirers of natural products, sellers spread a rumor about some polished wool, and this concept is still alive.
Lovers of knitting quickly fell in love with yarn for its strength and elasticity, which is especially valuable when knitting elastic. Features of the technology make superwash more susceptible to paint, so things from it will be more vivid.
However, the softness of yarn treated with acid and resins is irretrievably lost. The natural ability of “living” villi to self-clean itself is significantly reduced, rejecting pollution.
A certain amount of flakes persists after processing, which may give a slight shrinkage. The spools will always be much smaller, and it will not be difficult to quickly remove them, leaving the canvas smooth.
IMPORTANT: The “Superwash” mark allows you to wash a thing in a typewriter, but it is not recommended to choose a temperature of more than thirty degrees! Excluded and spin.