I was recently introduced to bamboo yarn when looking for some sock yarn that would knit into broad stripes of colour, and the yarn suggested to me was ‘Happy’ by Wendy. I’d never seen, let alone used bamboo yarn before, and as I was purchasing over the internet the package that arrived the next morning was a complete revelation. Soft, drapey and with a subtle sheen it was unlike any yarn I had so far worked with. Knitting with it allowed it to glide over the needles making knitting fast and comfortable, but these tactile and aesthetic positives aside, what else does bamboo yarn offer us?
There have been many murmurs lately about the benefits of different forms of yarn. As the world comes around to the reality of how we humans affect out environment, the sustainability of raw materials and use of organic processes have become buzz words in many areas of life, and the knitting world is part of this part of this shift in thinking.
As for myself - I just like the feel of the yarn - both to knit with and as a finished garment, and knowing many people who dislike the feel of wool yarns against their bare skin, this alternative has been a wonderful discovery.