Archive for April, 2010

Bamboo

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Above swatches made on  2.75 mm needles

100% bamboo

XS-24 20/12 bamboo – approx. 80 yds [72 m]/oz [28 g]

XS-32 2/18 bamboo – approx. 50 yds [45 m]/oz [28 g]

XS-31 20/18 bamboo – approx. 80 yds [72 m]/oz [28 g]

XS-45 20/3 bamboo – approx. 338 yds [305 m]/oz [28 g]

Bamboo is a relative newcomer to the textile world. The yarns make silky-soft and lustrous fabrics that is strong and long-wearing. What’s best, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing and most sustainable plants in the world. Made up of multiple filaments twisted together, Habu Bamboo is amazingly smooth to knit. It can easily be worked with smaller to larger gauge, depending on user preference and type of project. The only downside is it’s splittyness, which is best resolved when used on bamboo needles.

Garments created with bamboo yarn please with amazing water-like fluidity cascading around your body when worn directly against your skin. In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate

Bamboo has amazing soft drape which is perfect for creating elegant wraps, delicate sweaters and scarves. Its lustrous sheen and comforting texture, whether straight stitched or used in finely detailed patterns, will be treasured by anyone who comes in contact with it.

Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors. In other features, bamboo fabric will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter due to its great insulating properties. Which makes this fiber best for any project.