Anyone got experience with 'oiled yarn'?

Lurking in my small but growing stash is some aran 'oiled yarn' called Troon Tweed from Texere Yarns in the north of England.

I haven't found much about oiled wool on the Internet, or in my reading, but I've assumed that this yarn is desirable for it's water-repellent quality. Do any of you have experience that you could share?

The yarn store's description suggests knitting a swatch, measuring it, washing it and measuring it again once dry. Alternatively it suggests washing the yarn before knitting up. I'd be quite happy to do that, as I have a niddy-noddy to wind the balls into hanks and a ball-winder to get it back into shape once it's dry, but how sure could I be that my swatch would be accurate?

Has anyone knitted with this sort of yarn before, and if leaving it unwashed before knitting, does is leave one's hands feeling grubby?

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Oiled wool is usually 5 ply for knitting ganseys. Take a look at this site: www.guernseywool.co.uk and see what she recommends about washing. Click on the button 'get knitting'. I knitted quite a large swatch of this many years ago in 5 ply before I abandoned the idea of knitting a gansey. My hands didn't feel grubby, but they did feel a bit different.

QueerJoe's picture

I also got a cone of oiled wool that I used to knit a cable cardigan. I didn't wash it until after I knitted it up and I wish I had. The yarn was hard on my hands and not very enjoyable to knit with. After I washed the sweater, the resulting fabric was soft and lofty...it would have been much nicer to knit with.

Kerry's picture

I've used a Scottish wool/silk oiled yarn which I washed before using because it felt rough and uncomfortable. It became more lofty after washing, but as I rarely do swatches the sweater didn't fit me (of course!) but looked great on the very slim daughter of a friend.

I did knit a lace swatch in one of Colourmart UK oiled cashmere/silk yarns which bloomed and became lofty after washing and looked great.

Great colours in the Troon Tweed by the way.