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In this post I’ll be talking about Bamboo and Linen—the characteristics, as well as the pros and cons associated with yarn made from these plant-based fibers.
Yarn made from bamboo is becoming increasingly popular. Items knit with bamboo and bamboo-blend yarns exhibit the following qualities:
- drapes well,
- absorbs and evaporates sweat quickly,
- the insulating quality keeps one warm in winter and cool in summer,
- individuals who are sensitive to wool and other fibers can wear bamboo clothing without problems, and
- the softness of the fabric is hard to resist.
On the downside, bamboo fabric will shrink so special handling when washing is required.
Linen (made from Flax)
One of the oldest textiles, linen was used by ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean and is said to be the strongest natural fiber.
- excellent for summer clothing
- is tough and durable
- becomes softer with laundering.
On the negative side, 100% linen wrinkles badly. It is also quite stiff and unwieldy. For that reason flax is often blended with cotton.
I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the progress on my granddaughter Kayla’s wedding dress. I have it pinned to my dress form. I won’t attach the bodice to the skirt until Kayla tries it on. (The lavender line of stitches at the waist is scrap yarn I’ve used to off-load the stitches. That will allow me to pick up those live stitches and, if necessary, add length at the waist before attaching the skirt to the bodice.) Will make it easier to make last minute tweaks. Just starting on the sleeves, but I won’t attach the sleeve until after the first fitting.
We’d been gone all day, and when we arrived home the package of yarn was on our front porch. Only a yarn addict would understand the fascination of fondling those beautiful cakes of yarn. NorthCoast Knittery, where I purchased the yarn, had indeed wound the skeins into cakes, making my job so much easier.
I immediately started knitting my 6 inch x 6 inch stockinette swatch, finished it today, and have it steam blocked. While waiting for the swatch to dry I started knitting the lace swatch.
Before the yarn arrived I had worried a bit about the alpaca, whether the “bloom” of that yarn would obscure the knitting—especially the lace part. The fiber content is 80 percent alpaca and 20 percent silk. As it turns out the silk gives good stability to the yarn, and I think the yarn will show off the lace really well. I also won’t need to knit the elastic thread along with the yarn for the same reason.
This post is a joyful Thank You to NorthCoast Knittery for the fast turn-around on this special order and the wonderful service.