Cherry Bomb Baby

I live in a pile of bricks with a fire puter-outer, a Halloween enthusiast and a pretend lemur, who sometimes admits to being my second son. I have a kitchen for flowers. I know all the lyrics to the Spiderman theme song and (am forced to) sing it everyday. I cook with color. This was a blog mostly about yarn spinning and natural dyeing. Now, it is fair to say, it lacks direction entirely.

Monday, March 02, 2009

A Special Yarn

This is the first yarn I ever bought. Well, there are two: the blue is Peace Fleece and the green is Little Turtle Knits farm yarn. Both are two ply, both are a little scratchy in my opinion. I bought them with the hopes of making Super M a soaker for his cloth diapers. I was searching for a way to avoid the synthetic fabrics used in cloth diapering (for the waterproof covers) and wanted to use wool as a replacement. I couldn't find any yarns marketed as "humane" and I remember emailing Peace Fleece asking what they knew about the treatment of the animals used to make their yarns. I got a long and friendly email back from Peter, the co-founder. There wasn't much he could tell me about the animals on the farms, but that they tried to buy from small farms in struggling economies or war torn countries. He visits the farms and farmers himself in Russia and the middle east. The idea behind the company was so mindful that although it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, I figured it was as close as I was going to come, for then. I cast on in a beginning knitting class at a now-closed yarn store and knit my first soaker. It was too scratchy of course, for baby wear and I ripped it long ago. I finally figured out what to do with the yarn. The yarn that started my interested in knitting and then spinning and then dyeing and felting and textiles in general.

As it is not next to skin soft I had to think for a bit, if four years is "a bit". I wanted it to be something ultimately for Super M as it began as his yarn. So, for next December (and hopefully many Decembers after) he will have his own stocking.

That is, if I finish it in time. I'm knitting it with irregular stripes in a simple stockinette with heel flap, etc. It will be as big as the yarn lets it (hence the irregular striping-I'm going to let myself get down to the end with this one). I've only got, what? 10 months left to finish?


Blogger Marina said...

What a coincidence, I was just browsing the Peace Fleece site yesterday and was looking at that yarn! Thanks for sharing the info about the company, it seems like a very worthy company to support. What other wool companies would you recommend?

I think that'll be a great stocking for M! At the pace I'm going with this scarf for the Bean, he'll never get to wear it and it'll go straight to the boys dolls ;}

1:34 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I tend to buy farm direct since I am a hand spinner and I buy a lot of raw fleece and rovings anyways. Some farms also sell their wool as a hand or mill spun yarn. Most of my wool stash is from Homestead Wool and Gift Farm (, which is a rescue farm. The farmer there will custom spin yarns and sells a small amount of mill spun yarn from her flock.

I will get back to you with more ideas on this Marina.

9:27 PM  

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