Thursday, March 28, 2013

Summer Fiber

Flax Plant

Let's try something new shall we? Now when we think of summer knitting we usually think of cotton but another fiber to keep in mind is Linen.

Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant (pictured above). It is cool to the touch like cotton and is hygroscopic, meaning it can absorb perspiration. Then, due to its molecular structure, it will quickly evaporate. In fact, linen can absorb 20% of its dry weight before ever feeling damp or muggy. Because of these fabulous features, it is a wonderful choice for summer fiber crafting.

A few additional bonus features are: it is extremely durable, it becomes softer the more it is used and washed, it's moth and carpet beetle proof, and it doesn't pill. Not to mention it's been around since about 8000BC. The Egyptians had to know a little something about fibers for hot weather right?

I've got to tell you that I love not having to be so careful with my linen sweater because the more abuse it gets, the softer it becomes. Anyway, if you still aren't convinced that it's a great choice for summer you'll have plenty of chances to try it out. We have ordered lots of linen blends for Spring and Summer. Cascade, Classic Elite and Berroco to mention a few. Come check it out!

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