Yesterday I went over the Ocean Lace stitch by Melissa Leapman, today I’ll talk about Bamboo Pop and for whom you should be knitting. We all have those for which we want to knit. Using bamboo yarn, being a relatively new fiber in the yarn world, it’s important to know which fiber is best for the job.
People allergic to wool is a very common problem I’ve run into.
When people are shopping for yarn I hear, “I’m knitting for a friend, but she is allergic to wool”.
Usually these people do not want to use a synthetic fiber or 100% cotton, because it just doesn’t have the same luxurious feel as wool. This is an ideal place for Bamboo Pop yarn. Both cotton and bamboo are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
This means, your allergenic friend won’t have a reaction and they won’t have to wash this garment quite as much as if it were made from wool because anti-microbial also means anti-odor. It’s also a good yarn with which to knit baby blankets, especially if you’re talking about summer babies. While we do want to keep these snuggly little bundles warm, we don’t want them to overheat and sit in their own sweat for long.
Cotton and bamboo cut down on any rashes or adverse reaction from being in contact with sensitive skin for any length of time.
The blend of cotton and bamboo gives this yarn a much softer feel than simple cotton. If you’re not able to wear wool and are sick of stiff and crunchy yarn choices this is the one for you.
It also provides UV protection. There’s no other natural fiber that provides UV protection used in textiles today. I know you’re thinking that it’s December, why are we talking about UV protection. The sun is still out in December and if you want to do any outdoor sports, such as skiing, you may be thankful for that extra layer of UV protection as the end of a long day on the slopes.
My last point in favor of Bamboo Pop is the sustainability. Bamboo is harvested without killing the plant; those farming this fiber simply need to wait a few months and it’s ready to be harvested again. If you’re looking to do any Christmas knitting for someone worried about the sustainability and environmental friendliness of their gift, look no further than Bamboo Pop.
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Bamboo Pop is like finding the perfect frame for a piece of knitted art
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