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?