April 16, 2008

EcoYarns :: Hemp

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.


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