Earth Day, Hooray: Naturally Dyed Luxury Fibers
Many of us like to think Earth Day is every day, but the designation of a day to honor this precious planet definitely merits a shout-out. Our little ode this year comes in the form of celebrating fiber (no big surprise there). We are featuring naturally dyed luxury fibers that have minimal environmental impact when processed. Pulled directly from the knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 issue, which also showcases sixteen eco-friendly knits for spring, this round-up of fiber will have you reaching for your hook or needles in honor of Earth Day – and again, that can be every day of the year!
Nutmeg Fibers Cottage
Indigo is one of the oldest dyes known to humankind; it has been used to color textiles for more than 6,000 years. Most commonly associated with blue jeans, indigo’s rich color and subtle tonal variations make for a classic fabric. This smooth, almost cottony yarn is ideal for sweaters and hats.
Content: 100% U.S. merino
Color: Indigo & Cochineal
Put-Up: 180 yd [165 m]/3½ oz [100 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 7 (4.5 mm)
Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering
Cormo sheep are descended from Corriedale and Merino sheep, which are known for their fine wools. Cormo wool is especially soft and springy and creates a warm, bouncy yarn. This yarn is entirely American-made, with wool grown in Wyoming, spun in Pennsylvania, and dyed in California. The swatch shows the potential for both lacy accessories and lightweight sweaters.
Content: 100% Cormo wool
Put-Up: 500 yd [457 m]/4 oz [113 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 1–4 (2.25–3.5 mm)
Cascade Yarns Eco Duo
This undyed yarn is completely naturally colored; the marled hues come from the many natural shades of alpaca fiber. The yarn is spun to create subtle stripes from cream to tan. Warm and drapey, this yarn is best suited to shawls and loose, flowing sweaters.
Content: 70% undyed baby alpaca, 30% undyed merino wool
Color: #1707 Latte
Put-Up: 197 yd [180 m]/3½ oz [100 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 8 (5 mm)
A Verb for Keeping Warm Pioneer
Founded by Kristine Vejar (author of The Modern Natural Dyer) A Verb for Keeping Warm specializes in naturally dyed organic yarns and fibers. Pioneer is made entirely from wool from a single flock of Merino sheep in California. This rustic, woolen-spun yarn is perfect for classic colorwork projects.
Content: 100% organic merino
Put-Up: 160 yd [146 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 5–7 [3.75 mm–4.5 mm]
LAURA HULSLANDER is the project editor for knit.wear, Interweave Knits, and knitscene.