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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Eco+ Hemp

This new Eco+ Hemp from Cascade is so rustic and pretty! I love the natural shades. Each skein is 328 yards of a wool/hemp blend DK weight. The yarn is a bit crunchy in the skein, but it will soften up quite a bit with a good washing.

Hemp is gaining popularity among farmers, partly due to some of the ecological and environmental benefits of the crop. It has lots of benefits for fiber artists, too. Hemp has natural anti-bacterial properties, softens up considerable with wash and use, and it will help wool and alpaca garments retain their shape.
It reminds me a bit of the yarn I used to make A Little Ruffle years and years ago. Perhaps we need to recreate that beloved shop sample in this new yarn!

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