Coming to America – Americo Yarns

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For years, Americo Yarns, has been a favorite yarn company of mine, from their gorgeous yarns to their socially responsible company attitude. Visiting their flagship store is quiet an experience. It is easy to imagine yourself in the rustic Andies from the gorgeous hanks of yarn hanging on the walls to the rough hewn wood accents and hand crafted needles and accessories. A leather chair invites you to stop and knit, while the friendly “Americo Girls” help you pick the right colors & fibers for your next project. Originally the yarns they lovingly created were only available in Toronto, Ontario at their flagship store. Then slowly local yarn shops across Canada started to carry Americo. Now, it’s my great pleasure …

Dye to Perfection

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Last Fiber Focus I introduced organic cotton yarn, history, and manufacturing. But before I get into the particulars of knitting with organic cotton, one more important aspect needs examination: the dying process. Since I’m a dyeing novice, I decided to go to the experts. Heidi Braacx from Vegan Yarns and Quo Vadis Handspun graciously agreed share some dyeing knowledge with us. Part 1: Dying Organic CottonQ1: Are there any differences in dyeing regular cotton verses organic cotton fibers? If so, what are they? What specifics would a seasoned, but new to organic cotton dyer need to know?There’s not too much of a difference except that typically conventional cotton has been scoured more heavily, so, that means conventional cotton is usually …

Introducing Knit Eco Chic

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Knit Eco Chic, Lindsay Lewchuk’s knitwear and pattern design company, provides the highest quality hand knits and knitting patterns with a focus on organic, natural, socially responsible, sustainable, and alternative fiber yarns for the modern age.  Formerly, Eco Chic Knits, Knit Eco Chic embodies the same three foundational philosophies:1. Use of eco yarns2. Knits that fit curves3. Unique and intricate patterns In addition to being a design company, Knit Eco Chic also serves as a call to action.  Over the coming years, Lindsay hopes to be a source of information about eco knitting, eco knitting practices, and eco knitting resources.  Follow her blog or join the Knit Eco Chic Ravelry Group to find resources for eco yarns and eco knitting. …