I realise I’m using some wacky and new yarns that some of you will have never heard of at the moment. Soooo, I thought I’d share my honest experiences of them so you know exactly what to expect should you wish to go ecofriendly with your yarns too and try them out. I should say all yarn has been bought by me and my reviews are not sponsored so they are honest and unbiased.
I’ve been working with recycled yarns for years and when my fav eco yarn was discontinued I had to search for a replacement! But this sent me on a wonderful journey to eco yarn utopia discovering wonderfully different and new to the market yarns.
I want my experience to help you so that you will avoid being disappointed by an eco yarn, and find those that you will love. So, in sharing my experience of the yarns, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect.
Here’s what I’m going to review, not necessarily in this order. They’ll each be in a post of their own with the links added once their review is published and I’m aiming to do a wee video review too… GULP… warning, this is way out of my comfort zone and there may be little people video bombers!
If you want to dive in and try any of these yarns, links are on them.
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1. Paintbox Ribbon Yarn – I’ve designed and made a cute bag in this surprisingly soft ribbon yarn. I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy this yarn but I really did and I can’t wait to work with it again. The pattern is coming soon.
2. Banana Yarn, yes it’s a thing, a lovely Ethical, recycled, uber ecofriendly plant based yarn that’s completely bonkers in texture and I love it for that. You will not believe how silky and soft it is! I’ve designed some super easy patterns using this yarn that may be out soon too (lots going on here!). But right now Banana yarn is hard to come by, so I might hang fire on this one until after the world situation has improved. My fav supplier isn’t trading right now due to restrictions in India, so I’ll update this with a link once they’re back up and running. I got this one pictured recently on ebay. She has a few left, this is soooo soft and aren’t the colours gorgeous?
3. Hoooked Soft Cotton – You may have seen my recent free patterns of the Sunshine, Cloud and Rainbows? Well these were mainly worked up with this new recycled cotton by Hoooked. I absolutely have to review this yarn so you know what to expect.
4. Hoooked Ribbon XL – ooh a rivalry ribbon yarn comparison, who’s up for that? Well I’ve got some to compare so let’s doooo it! It’s lovely stuff too, it’s gonna be a tough one if I have to pick a fav!
5. Paintbox T-shirt yarn – I tried t-shirt yarn several years ago and to be honest, I hated it, I made baskets, badly, it was horribly stretchy. BUT I’ve tried again and this yarn done good! Love it, I’m totally converted. I’ve made some really gorgeous baskets and the patterns are all coming this year. The colours for this yarn are fab!
6. Hoooked Eucalyps – made from 100% sustainably grown and produced eucalyptus, this yarn is super silky and soft and my it’s so pretty. I made some luxurious Christmas spa gifts with it but didn’t write the patterns down because there’s so many patterns already out there for spa sets. But I want to play with this yarn some more, I’ve really got to wear this, it’s so lovely.
7. Paintbox Recycled Cotton, it’s new, it’s in a lovely range of colours and it’s cheap, yay, it’s looking good …
8. Hoooked Somen – yet to play with it, only just got some in to make a summer top with. I haven’t found the right top to make yet, but it’s on my ‘kinda urgent’ list given it’s June!
9. Bobbiny Rope – wow, stitch definition like never before, this stuff is sooo fun. I’ve made the most awesomely rigid baskets and I will write up the patterns, think super strong and sturdy in gorgeous colours here.
10. Recycled Big Cotton – it wasn’t at all what I expected (that’s a very good reason for a review isn’t it?). I’m sure I just made the wrong thing with it (or maybe I’m too picky!). So it’s on my try again list!
Is that enough to get started with? I have another one that is brand new to the market and I’m desperate to play with, I think it might jump the queue!
I’ll be back soon! Feel free to share and please do tell me if there’s another eco yarn you’d like me to review. I’ll add it to my list.
I have loads more listed in my post The Definitive (ish) List of Recycled Yarns. It’s an ever growing list as I add more to it when I find them.
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