Learn more about some of the major fiber types!
Hemp yarn is grown from a type of Cannabis sativa that has been bred for maximum fiber, seed, and oil production, and it contains very few of the medicinal powers found in the “other” Cannabis sativa–marijuana–which has been bred specifically for those purposes.
Hemp fiber is processed much like flax, producing a rugged fiber that–like linen–grows softer with washing and wearing. It is less susceptible to mold and mildew than cotton, and benefits from being machine-washed and dried. It has the same lack of elasticity as linen and should be used accordingly.
- Type of fiber: Cellulose (derived from plant)
- Hand: Soft after washing, wonderful drape
- Care: Machine washable and dryable — the more you work with it, the more you abuse it, the more you wash it and wear it, the softer and more lustrous it becomes.
Other benefits of hemp-based garments are that it is non-allergenic and anti-fungal, ultra-absorbent, and three times stronger than cotton! It holds its shape well, and has a double-benefit similar to silk, in that it will absorb moisture to cool the skin in hot weather, while insulating in cooler temperatures.
At Yarnia, we carry hemp yarn, which is excellent for weaving. We have the capability to wind multiple strands of this hemp yarn together to produce a thicker finished yarn, which works wonderfully for knitting and crocheting as well. We sell all of our yarns by the ounce, yard, or pound so you can order exactly the amount you need for your project. You may order using our Custom Yarn Creator, by using the “chat with us” box in the bottom left corner of the screen, or by giving us a call at (503) 939-5338.
Source: The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes