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countingsheep 03-09-2006 10:44 AM

Bamboo yarn - NOT needles!
 
OK, I was in Target with my DD yesterday and I saw something new (to me anyway! :rollseyes: ) There were sheet sets and they were made from Bamboo! I swear to you, they were amazing! They were soft and silky and smooth and cool to the touch and... just lovely.

I thought about Bamboo all night and did a search and, sure enough, there is bamboo yarn! Now, it seems fairly expensive to me but... maybe someone else will not think it so - the early search results found 100 g, 250 yrds. @ $13.35 (use 6 US or 4.25mm needles)

This is the on-line description: "Made by processing the bamboo grass stalk and combing the fiber strands from the actual plant itself, this yarn is 100% bamboo with nothing else added! Often compared to premier ramie, it's cool and silky soft to the touch and works up beautifully in sweaters, tops, dresses, skirts, really anything where a flowing drape is important."

So... has anyone ever knit with Bamboo yarn? These sheets were just amazing so I wonder if the yarn knits up as soft and silky. I haven't felt the yarn in person and this is just a new idea for me so any input is welcome! Since Spring and Summer are coming... it might be a fun yarn to work with! (I hate to work with wool in the Summer. :crying: )

Thanks guys! Angela

Julie 03-09-2006 11:33 AM

I haven't knit with it, but I've felt it up at the LYS many times. :D

countingsheep 03-09-2006 11:40 AM

OK, Julie... when you were "feeling up" this yarn ( :rofling: love the mental image here!) , what did you think? Are we talking, "oh, baby!" or "hmm... that's different" or "OK, what were these people thinking?" or "I'd have to be out of my mind to pay that for this!"

Those sheets were seriously tempting and now I've got this yarn on the brain. I would love to know what you thought about the feel of it since I haven't had the opportunity to "cop a feel"! :rofling:

Thanks, Ang

butterflymama 03-09-2006 11:47 AM

I want to try bamboo yarn so badly!

I cloth diaper my boys and have a bamboo cloth diaper that is unbelievably soft.

We also have the bamboo sheets from Target and I love them! :heart:

countingsheep 03-09-2006 11:53 AM

:shock: Oh, that's not good! You should not have told me that! I wanted those sheets SO bad!

So... I know that I'm sounding obsessed here but... is the yarn as amazing as those sheets? I would just love a summer sweater out of that if the yarn is as amazing as it looks!

Thanks for being a bad influence! ;) Ang

candicane 03-09-2006 11:59 AM

I haven't seen any bamboo yarn IRL, but will probably now be obsessed about it.

I have bamboo knee socks from Target and they are really nice.

candice

PS: Found this at yarn.com

http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/bamboo.html

CarmenIbanez 03-09-2006 01:28 PM

The nice thing about bamboo is that it grows quickly and can be replenished easily. In other words, it is a very renewable resource. I have a friend who will not knit with animal fibers because she thinks it is cruel (I don't agree with her, but she's entitled to her opinion). She only knits with synthetics, cotton and ...... BAMBOO. Anyway, she says it costs more, but she sees it as more earth/nature friendly.

Course, what we need is for Target to carry the Bamboo yarn, then we'd be set.

brendajos 03-09-2006 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by candicane


i think the $13.35 is a better deal even though i like them perdy cuhlerz down there at the bottom of that list. this kind is only 77 yards...the other was 250 yards.



Carmen, talk to your friend about the stuff sythetic yarn is made of! not too environmentally friendly either! *sigh* sadly unless you are growing your own supply or are very closely attached to the people who are growing or producing it, it is hard to make sure that all sources are working ethically. and of course it becomes easier to stop being ethical in production of any goods and services when we are willing to trade cheaper products for it. :(

but of course NOW i am obsessing about those sheets. i saw them when i was in target the other day but someone was hovering around them and i couldn't get to them (ya know, one of those people who stops their cart right in front of where you are looking and doesn't move AND you can't get around them?! yeah it was THAT woman and her entourage!)

good excuse to go to target i think... :rofling:

Mer 03-09-2006 01:40 PM

I've used it! It's nice and drapey, but not too exceptionally soft, imho. I got it 1/2 off, otherwise I probably wouldn't have bought it.

Here's what I made.

Jenelle 03-09-2006 01:41 PM

Ohh that bamboo yarn looks heavenly :drooling:

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarmenIbanez
I have a friend who will not knit with animal fibers because she thinks it is cruel (I don't agree with her, but she's entitled to her opinion).

I'm going through the same thing with my mom and sister. They think that shaving the sheep is 'torturing' them :??


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