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Sari yarn!

I've been meaning to get some of this for ages and finally got around to it, and it's even nicer than I'd anticipated.

Note to non-knitters: "sari yarn" is recycled silk yarn. Old saris are unraveled and the fibers are respun into silk yarn. The colors are brilliant. The hand varies, depending on how the fabric is treated (some is stiffer than others). It's generally (always?) fair trade, so that helps with some of the "omigod more yarn?" thing.

Usually there's a fair mix of colors, but the stuff I got was more consistent. First, I got some that's from the darker parts of the sari (you can also get it that's all from lighter/brighter parts as well):







Then, I got some that's made from mostly red fibers (you can get other colorways as well, but I like red). You can also get it that's been painted if you want a dominant color, but I didn't care as much for those, and I quite liked the colors made by separating out fibers before spinning:







The red is spun a bit finer than the dark; it seems a bit more supple, and there's 120-150 yards on a 100g skein, as opposed to the about 90 yards on a 100g skein of the dark. But they're both amazing.

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abhasana
Aug. 24th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Woo! Yarn porn. :)
hearthstone
Aug. 25th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hee! :)
hekatatia
Aug. 25th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
That looks so nice I might have to start learning to knit again.
hearthstone
Aug. 25th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
It really is gorgeous. Of course I haven't tried working with it yet...
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hearthstone
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Altar cloths! (It's all I ever make. It's a de-stressor for me, plus you can never have too many altar cloths. When I want creative struggle I get out the quilting. :))
lumberjane
Aug. 25th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love that yarn
I made a scarf for my BFs mom for Christmas (shh don't tell her) out of that yarn. I loove it, but it has some of it has thin points in the spinning, where it can break. To counter act this, many knitters carry another yarn, liek a rayon or or something, of a solid color they like along with it...this sets the colors against anothe rbackground, like purple or black. I must warn you though, that yarn can be very heavy when knit up, and carrying another color makes it even heavier.

Anyway, I'm off to Washington Island to celebrate my sister's birthday. Happy knitting.
hearthstone
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I love that yarn
Ah, that makes sense--a friend of mine made a shawl with it and found it hard to manage, so sewed it with a think mohair. I'll have to have a closer look at it when I roll it into a ball. (I've taken to doing that with all my yarns as soon as I get them, I find they're less likely to tangle that way. Plus they're ready to go. :)) Since it's not going to be worn, maybe strength isn't such an issue, but I'll see how it goes when I get around to working with it.
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