April 25, 2008

It’s that time of year again


The sale starts Saturday, May17th with 20-40% off select yarn. The prices will remain until the yarn is sold – but come early for the best selection!

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April 23, 2008

EcoYarns :: Bamboo


What makes bamboo eco-friendly? As a plant it is fast growing and the canes can be “harvested” leaving the plant in tact – making it a sustainable crop. Also, like hemp, it isn’t prone to pests – meaning less pollution. The resulting yarn is practical: absorbent and antibacterial, as well as beautiful: drape and luster. What is even better – the variety! There are so many different bamboo yarns to choose from:

My creation

Clockwise from the top: Bamboo from SouthWest Trading Company, Bamboo Tape from Rowan, Royal Bamboo from Plymouth Yarns, and Bam Boo and Bam Boo Print from Classic Elite.

EcoYarn :: Bamboo

And bamboo just gets more interesting when mixed with other fibers – Bamboo Silk from Ella Rae is a blend of 70% bamboo and 30% silk. This is an incredible yarn, cloud-like. It would make the perfect shrunken sweater to throw over a summer dress. So please, step into the plant fiber room and you will be amazed by all the knitting options available!

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 7:36 am

April 19, 2008

Maker Faire: Now with more reasons to go

We’ll be there, and on Saturday, the Yarn Harlot will be too!

Filed under: events and announcements — Admin @ 12:56 pm

April 16, 2008

EcoYarns :: Hemp


You can’t swing a circular needle without coming upon the word Green these days. With Earth Day coming up next Tuesday, it seemed like the perfect time to feature some of the store’s eco-offerings. First off the bat is Hemp for Knitting, from Lanaknits. Their allhemp6 is a DK weight yarn comes in a variety of rich colors.

But you might be wondering what is all the brouhaha about hemp? In the same way you wouldn’t use just any old Salvia in place of sage for cooking, hemp is a member of the Cannabis family, but an entirely different plant from the variety grown for marijuana. It is a case of guilt by association. Hemp is a sturdy plant that grows fast, can replenish nutrients in the soil as well as control erosion. All this and the pesticide use is next to nothing compared to that of cotton. What it comes down to is that as a fiber, hemp is much less taxing on the environment.

Hemp yarn does have a reputation for being hard on the hands. To address this, the Lanaknits website suggests soaking your hank in hot water and allowing it to dry before winding it up into a ball. The long fibers makes this a sturdy yarn, perfect made for a knitted skirt. Or take the green living to the next level, by knitting up a shopping bag to bring your groceries home. More hemp, less tree.

Filed under: beautiful things to make,new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 12:19 pm

April 12, 2008

Peace, Love, Alpaca

Peace, Love and Alpaca

When Misti Alpaca came on the yarn scene a few years ago, it was clear that it was something special. Lovely colors, an incredibly soft hand – it has long been my ambition to knit a personal blanket out of the luscious stuff. Until that day comes, I can get my Misti fix from their lovely new sock yarn. A tactile cocktail of alpaca, merino, silk and nylon, the yarn is an explosion of vibrant, hand painted color. Blues and greens, reds and oranges, yellows and browns all in representation.

Blues and Greens

Reds and Oranges

Yellows and Browns

This is a sure yarn pleaser in every possible way. So get some alpaca in your fiber diet today!

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 8:30 am

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