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Is there a way to determine the fiber content of a yarn if I've lost the label?

According to Maggie Righetti in Knitting in Plain English1, there are a couple of methods you can use to narrow down the possibilities. The Burn Test Take a small length of the yarn and hold a flame ...
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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

Addition to csk's answer: The "гр." is probably Cyrillic letters (at least, they are as such in the question text), corresponding to English "gr" (not "rp"). In Russian, &...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

Yarn Bowl This is the easiest suggestion I can think of. You just need a bowl or bowl like object with a hole or path for the yarn to come out. The hole is large enough for the yarn but small enough ...
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How can I determine a yarn's weight?

There are apparently several different methods for finding about what weight you're dealing with. All of these can have their own downsides but they're worth considering. Note that, realistically, if ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

What you need to do is put your yarn in a container of some sort. It should be wide enough that the yarn can roll around a bit (don't want it to rub hard against the sides) and deep enough that the ...
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Keep yarn slack from developing in my work as I perform a basic knit stitch

From the image you've shown it looks like you're on the first row of knitting after casting on, and it also looks like you've used a loop (a.k.a. backwards loop) cast-on method. It's common to get an ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

In addition to being extremely insulative, wool is ideal for something like a coffee cozy because it is stable in the presence of a fairly high degree of applied heat, it is un-meltable, and it has a ...
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

Unlike natural fibers which can be blocked by simply shaping the item while wet, blocking acrylic requires heat. Many people try to wet-block acrylic the same way they would do wool, and they aren't ...
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How to wind a hank of yarn without a swift?

The method I have used all my life involves two people. One holds the yarn on the wrists, moving the hands such that they assist in unwinding and keep the yarn organized, the other does the winding of ...
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Reviving wool from possible moth damage

A quick hack would be to roughen up the bare patches with an old toothbrush or the coarse side of a Velcro strip. Try to treat only the bare patches like this, and be extra careful at the edges ...
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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

In that context, it would most likely be some measurement that would allow you to choose a different yarn and make sure it's suitable to the pattern. The two recommended yarns each have 131 yards (...
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Is there an easy way to remove pet hair from knitting projects?

Jo-Ann's lists "Yarn Containers", essentially closed jars with a hole for the yarn to come out, that look like they might work to keep your yarn dog hair free while you work on a project. You could ...
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What is yarn weight?

Yarn weight is basically the thickness of a given yarn. There are several ways to refer to yarn weight, but the category, the number of plies, the number of wraps per inch and the gauge range (for ...
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When is Lot Number important for yarn?

Yarns with the same dye lot number were all dyed at the same time. Because dying is a chemical reaction, many different factors can make items dyed at different times turn out differently, even if the ...
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How do I join polyester tubular yarn skeins together?

So, in the meantime, I'm trying something a bit different... It's not the neatest sewing job, but I've managed to sew the strands together, doing a basic up and down through the middle (with the ...
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Evenly spaced increase

Evenly spaced stitches means that the number of stitches between increases is approximately the same. Since you are increase 50 sts over 94 current stitches, and 94/50=1.88 you should put (on average) ...
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How to rehab tightly wound yarn?

This is a question that comes up occasionally on the Ravelry forums, and the general consensus is that soaking will help with yarn that has lost its tension from being wound into too tight of a ball. ...
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Can hand-winding crocheting yarn into a ball have any negative effects?

Yarns that naturally have some stretch to them can get over-stretched and lose their elasticity if tightly wound into a ball. It's something you have to watch out for with wool and other animal fibers....
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Fibre choice: Why choose wool, cotton, bamboo, acrylic, etc. when crocheting / knitting? Does it make a difference?

Each type of fiber has unique characteristics that must be taken into account when considering substitution (which is pretty much a pattern-by-pattern process). Some examples: Machine Washability ...
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Assuming this is a commercial skein, I don't generally have issues. I am usually able to pull out the center of a skein. I would never guarantee that you can do this though. This can be manufacturer ...
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Is a blanket stitch doable for first-time knitters?

As mentioned in 111's answer, a blanket stitch is not a knitting technique to create blankets. The biggest risk in your plan is time. Babies often decide they want to see the world before doctors ...
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What do 'woolen spun' and 'worsted spun' mean?

Woolen spun and worsted spun are references to the way the yarn is actually spun in the spinning process. Worsted spun yarn includes individual fibers that are facing in many directions, whereas ...
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How can I make yarn from an old t-shirt and does the material matter?

It depends on what you're making with it. When you're dealing with seamless T-shirts, I'd start at the bottom. Cut the hem off, then go around and around cutting about an inch (2.5cm) in one ...
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Keep yarn slack from developing in my work as I perform a basic knit stitch

The slack in the work between the needles will even out with the next stitch. The slack in the yarn you are using to make the new stitches should be pulled tight when you make your stitch. While your ...
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How to invisibly join superwash singles yarn?

Superwash single is a somewhat tough one, yes. In those case, I usually start ten or so stitches before I change the yarn, I use the same technique as when doing jacquard to have the new yarn follow ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

Something that can help on its own or even partner with the concept of the bowl is to work the yarn from the inside of the spool. This works better for skeins but what you do is reach inside the ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

I want to say that I love the look of those yarn bowls and would love to have one, but my method is a little bit different from the suggestions. I wanted something that would allow my yarn to unspool ...
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What are my options when trying to adhere felt to a 3D crocheted surface?

That sounds like a perfect use case for needle felting. Instead of using ready-made sheets of felt, use the loose fibers of rowing or batting to create the felted face right on the spot. With a bit ...
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