Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Let's hear it for supporting your LYS!

Before now, I've only found organic yarn online.

Yesterday, I bought the following two yarns at my local yarn store:

1 skein Ecoknit yarn - 21 sts/4" 3.5mm needles (US size4) - 50g/100m. Grown in Peru. 100% organic cotton certified by EKO.
This particular skein is a tan to white. I plan to use it for dish towels, at least at first. It might also make some nice layette items down the line.

Also 1
skein of "Cascade Yarns ECO+" which is NOT certified. 14 stitches/4" on size 10 1/2 needles. 250g/437m. 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
It was the last skein, and it was on sale, and I thought it would be a good investment for some charity knitting I want to do. I knew I wouldn't have a chance to research it first, so I picked it up. Checking through the blogosphere, it's bought by people who also look for certified organic.

It's going to be a while before I get a chance to start to swatch either of these. It's just nice to know that there is a local supply.


Donna said...

Hi, thanks for putting this blog together! I hope it is very popular and gets the word out to a lot of knitter!

Deirdre Helfferich said...

We've got two local yarn shops in the Fairbanks (Alaska) area that I know of (I'm not counting Wal-Mart or Safeway or Michael's), Inua Wool and A Weaver's Yarn. The latter specializes in yarn for weaving and tapestry work, but also supplies regular knitting yarns. I've not yet been this shop, but have been to Inua Wool several times. It's as bad as a bookstore! all those lovely fuzzy balls of yarn in beautiful colors...whew. Way too much money goes out of my pocket whenever I set foot in there.

So far, I've not found a local source for organic yarns. The qiviut is more or less organic, however, but I'm not up to that price bracket...