artwork by Tony Oursler



A knitting yarn made for Neveda. This is an intimate blend, which means it is a blend of staple fibres and/or colours before the spinning process. Here you see a black basis with brightly coloured pieces of shiny fibres mixed in. The best effect is achieved when you use fibres of different thickness (Mu), because the contrast is then clearer.

Blends with identical fibres, as in Shetland woollen pullovers, are mixed so well that they appear to be a single colour. When you look at the yarn with a magnifying glass you can see the composition of the different colours.

Various fibre blends

Raw materials are determined before spinning. The they are blended, combed and processed into a sliver lap of which one or more slivers are made. The slivers are then spun into a yarn. The next step in the process is twining.


All textiles start with the raw material which forms the basis of the final properties of the fabric or knit. The origin of the raw material, the fibre, varies from natural to synthetic. There are also many blends. Most woollen pullovers are a mix of wool and acryl. Price differences between raw materials, or the properties like colour fastness or abrasion resistance, can be reasons for mixing raw materials.