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orange - handdyed banana yarn

Juicy orange shades drench this nearly-solid yarn. Mostly bright tangerine with a few swirls of lighter marmalade.

I kettle dye these two at a time, so if you'd like more than one, let me know!

 

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 offer 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.

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

 

*Banana fiber for spinning also available, just ask!*

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Taken on October 24, 2008