Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Knitting is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Especially when you knit with yarn MADE from banana fibers, like this beautiful skein from blondechicken...


"This unusual yarn is handspun from recycled banana fibers. The fibers are collected by women in Nepal from the remnants from the sari weaving looms. They sort it by color and handspin the fibers and sell it through fair trade co-ops that provide educational opportunities. Banana fiber was extracted from banana trees (bananière , in French)-mostly their stems and leaves. When it comes to my home, I dye it in soft shades that aren't offered by the co-op. Bananiere is an incredibly strong yarn and will knit into beautiful (and unique) bags and shawls."

3 comments:

Made by Melissa said...

Wow! That is so cool!

The Fairy Shoemaker said...

I want to eat it with tomato and garlic sauce......
What a stunning colour and texture! Ive never spun bananas, didnt know you could, so thank you, its one to keep an eye open for as a new experience on the wheel..... Shhhh, my Husband must not hear that, Ive been recently reminded that there are still about 20 fleece in the top shed.... he might go bananas else!!

Hyla Waldron said...

Kick ass!

~Hyla