Golden Bananiere - Banana yarn

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    Deep golden yellow, this hand dyed yarn was created by overdyeing our Sunshine Bananiere yarn with soft brown. The resulting shade is subtle and sophisticated. Hand dyed 4 at a time, contact me if you need more than one!

    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 as a way to earn extra money. Banana fiber is 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.
    The yarn is shiny and soft, but with a bit of fuzz. Bananiere is an incredibly strong yarn and will knit into beautiful (and unique) bags and shawls. It can be substituted for Silk Sari yarns in patterns such as Knitty's Unbiased (www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTunbiased.html).
    Note: Due to the nature of handspun yarns there may be tied knots or breaks in the skein.

    100% Banana Fiber
    150 yds/200 grams
    weight: bulky
    gauge: 3stitches/1 inch
    needles: US 10-11, 6.0-8.0mm

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