|Oetzi Iceman's Shoes|
As an environmental engineer, an eco-conscience woman, and a whole and organic foods nut, I am quite interested in natural fibers. This along with my interest in history and my knitting has led me to experiment with different yarns over the last year. My stash is developing into quite an eclectic assortment.
|Red Heart Super Saver - 100% Acrylic|
Nylon is a common addition to yarn. It is strong, durable, and lightweight. It also has a nice stretchy quality. You see it in a lot of sock yarns but it's in other types of yarn as well.
Polyester is a also a common addition to yarn and is easy to care for. The new glamour yarns and fun furs are often polyester or a blend thereof.
|Caron Dazzleaire - 80% Acrylic, 20% Nylon|
|Swish Worsted - 100% Superwash Merino Wool|
Cashmere and mohair come from goats. They have very similar properties to wool but are more luxurious and soft. Definitely a high end yarn. You will see these included in yarn blends as well. Very nice stuff, though unfortunately I don't have any in my stash.
|Tahki Cotton Classic - 100% Cotton|
|The Wool Peddler 100% Hemp Yarn|
I am curious about bamboo. I've been drooling over some bamboo yarn I saw the other day but so far have resisted the urge to add it to my stash. It is lovely, soft, fuzzy stuff just begging to be a baby hat. Bamboo has antibacterial and ultra violet protective properties as well. The down side is that it all seems to be hand wash only and, I've heard, that it can be splitty making it more difficult to knit.
Soy is another new fiber I've read about. I have not had the opportunity to look at or feel yarn made from soy protein but it's an interesting idea and it does come from a renewal resource.
There are a whole host of other fibers available, both man-made and natural. I've even heard of people spinning their own yarn out of cat and dog hair. As my journey in knitting continues, I am certainly looking forward to trying as many different things as I can. Who knows perhaps I'll take up spinning and create my own fiber blends and yarn.