Who thought of different thickness of yarn?
No, really…Who did and why? Was it a natural occurrence because the wool from sheep, llamas, alpacas or other animals actually has different thicknesses?
Or is it yet another human invention?
Did a lone knitter somewhere, perhaps in a damp hillside in Donegal or a sunny mountain top in Peru, suddenly think, “This is baaa’d” (Sorry, pun intended!)
“I don’t like this wool – it’s too thin; I need something thicker so I will twist two lots of this together and make it thicker.” Pause while some knitting goes on. “Oh, but now it’s hard to knit… I know, I’ll make bigger, thicker needles too…. ahh, that’s better!”
I have been a knitter for many years and, although I know that yarn was originally wool from sheep and other animals rather than the many varieties of man-made fibres that we have today, I have never heard anyone explain where the different thicknesses or weights come from. Anyone know the history?