Saturday, April 16, 2011

Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn

Sharing the Knit Picks love...made these baby socks/booties using Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn in the "Seven Dwarves" colorway.  They are so totally cute and they don't pop off like regular booties might, and fit more like a sock would because of the ribbed top.

The only problem is...what to make now with less than a skein of sock yarn?  Hopefully a consultation with this fun little book will help me out...has anyone checked it out yet?  I have lots of sock yarn hanging around, so I'm looking forward to seeing this one...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Knitting Green...with Pretty Yarn (Part 2)

Part two of eco-friendly yarns...

Hemp Yarn
What it is: Hemp is one of the world's premier renewable resources.  A very strong fiber, making for strong finished garments.  An all season fiber; cool in the summer, warm in the winter.
Example Shown: 100% pure hemp (love the color!)
Corn Yarn
What it is: A round or flat strand yarn (think fettuccine!) from the eco-friendly corn plant.  A light weight yarn perfect for warm weather, it is also washable and dryable.
Example Shown: Kollage Yarns Corntastic
Soysilk Yarn
What it is: A renewable yarn spun from soy proteins, has a beautiful silk drape and is warm and soft.
Example Shown: 100% soysilk fine yarn
Banana Fiber Silk Yarn
What it is: Made from the fiber of the banana tree, soft, handspun and hand dyed.
Example Shown: Landscapes Banana Fiber Silk Yarn

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Knitting green...with pretty yarn (part 1)

In honor of Earth Day this month (April 22), here are some gorgeous yarns that are lovely to work with and are considered eco-friendly:

(all yarns shown here can be purchased at:
awesome online yarn shop with fabulous customer service)

Sea Silk Yarn
What it is: A shimmering beautiful yarn made of 70% silk and 30% "Seacell" which is made from seaweed.
Example Shown: Hand Maiden Sea Silk
Cotton Yarn
What it is: Yarn made from 100% cotton not only has the benefit of being a plant based fiber, but is great for warm weather knitting, those with wool allergies, is generally inexpensive and widely available.
Example Shown: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme
Bamboo (or Bamboo Blend Yarn)
What it is: With a silky texture and a gorgeous drape, another ideal yarn for warm weather.
Example Shown: Bijou Basin Ranch Bamboo Blend
Cascade Ecological Wool
What it is: A beautiful alpaca fiber that is undyed and is available in the natural colors of the animal.  One of my favorites.
Example Shown: Cascade Ecological Wool in Latte
Happy green knitting!
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