This year, my focus is to work mainly with new (to me) yarns. And by new-to-me, I mean that its either a new blend or new construction of yarn that I haven't worked with previously. I decided to keep a running list of the new yarns I have used this year on the blogs side bar to the rght.
Lanaknits Allhemp6 DK weight. Here is why I'm smitten with hemp. Its a renewable resource, grown without pesticides or herbicides, hemp yarn won't shrink, stretch, fade or pill! Hemp For Knitting's Allhemp6 is wet-spun of long line hemp fibers and mercerized for color fastness, softness and sheen. It resists mildew, which makes it perfect for my complexion cloths.
This yarn will be a little stiff at first, but will soften as you knit and gets softer every time you wash and dry it. If your hands are particularly sensitive, pre-soak your skeins in hot water and a little hair conditioner and air dry thoroughly while still in the hank and before you knit.
ON and OFF...... I have been working with hemp yarn to make complexion cloths. I have 3 completed cloths or 3 off the needles and 1 on the needles. (2 of the 3 have been washed a few times, while the one on the right, is fresh off the needles).
I always make my own face cloths, but usually use a basic kitchen cotton like Peaches and Creme or Sugar and Cream. The hemp is a little thinner and initially a little courser, but in the end, I love how my face feels so smooth after using a hemp complexion cloth. I would like to make enough of these cloths initially have a weeks worth and eventually enough to replace my cotton face cloths altogether.
I will share Nana's Favorite Complexion Cloth pattern on my next post..... stay tuned.....
OFF (the needles). The Baby Shower for the new Baby that inspired my Building Blocks Reversible Baby Blanket is next week. And luckily I didn't procrastinate too long or get too frazzled to make the deadline. Initially I was worried how it would photograph, which is why it was made in the ivory color first. But, I must say I think the bright orange shows up beautifully. Really....what was I worried about?