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There are all sorts of descriptive terms that are used to explain the qualities and characteristics of different types of yarn and how best to choose which one to use in a particular project. When selecting a yarn, you might want to consider its absorbency (how much water does the fiber hold), its breathability (how much air passes through the fiber), its dyeability (how the fiber absords and retains dye), its drape (how the yarn moves -- is it soft and flowing or stiff and less flexible), its elasticity (how stretchy the fiber is and its ability to maintain its original shape despite being pulled and pushed), and its thinness or thickness. Natural fibers have different combinations of these characteristics than do synthetic fibers, so it helps to find out about the different features of fibers.