This year I dedicated a huge portion of time to making wash cloths to show off the versatility of hemp & linen.
I honed the leaf lace and candlelight patterns. I sold 2! Even though I only offered them for sale at one show. I worked out a pattern for 2 weights of yarn (the 3 and 12 plys) that use most of a 100 gram skein. Now I’m ready to sell and replace the stock I have available.
The 3 ply yarns make the most luxurious face and body cloths. They are anti microbial, hold up really well to use and abuse, and dry out quickly. I made this one from Lanaknits 3 ply 100% hemp yarns.
I also made one from my natural undyed 3 ply yarns from Romania.
All of the next wash cloth pictures are in 12 ply 100% hemp worsted yarn. They are extremely durable and absorbent. These make a great kitchen towel.
I tried out a few wash cloths in linen stitch, as well as checking out the planned pooling I could do with these pieces.
Switching over to the diamond shape, the pooling changes a bit because the piece is continually expanding and contracting. It gives things a bit more of a shell kind of look to me.
I made a fair number of undyed wash cloths. I can individually dye up leaves of these pieces, for a different kind of patterning.
The 100 gram pattern.
I had fun making this next wash cloth. I posted about this wash cloth a few months ago. Its my Inspiration in Ketchup and Mustard. I combined 2 strands of Lanaknits 6ply yarns in red and mustard that I had lying around from previous projects. Of course they ran out 3/4’s of the way through the knitting. I finished with my natural 12 ply yarn. In person it looks like I dipped the raw piece into a marbling of some kind!
This experiment lead me to combining Louet euroflax 4 ply linen yarns to make these next wash cloths. I combined coral and fuchsia.
And finally the wash cloth in candlelight lace!
In this final piece, I combined both Louet linen (orange), and my own hand dyed 6 ply Romanian hemp yarn (fall colours).
The diamond patterns (leaf and candlelight laces) are available for free, and work well in hemp linen or cotton. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the files.
Over Xmas the silk scarves I made were a hit. All the irises are taken and a hemp leaf scarf also went out as a gift to my willing guinea pigs! I have done my best to set the colours in the silk. Now everyone will let me know how they are wearing out.
I will not get more silk until I go back to California in February. The main supplier is there and worth the wait. I made some prototype hemp scarves and a tissue dyed tea towel. Still testing those to see how the dye fades before I take some pics.
Not having a supply of silk made me look over my home inventory of fabric. I’m fairly overextended for having purchased an inventory of silk yarns. I can’t really afford too keep buying materials. I’m at a point where I must sell things before I buy more. My house is getting pretty full! Also, I want to hone my selection of products available . I want to be as smart as possible in the inventory I am keeping on hand. There is so much really cool stuff out there, it makes for some hard decisions.
I looked over my stock, and find that I have enough fabric to make a range of jersey hemp, woven hemp, woven hemp/silk, jersey cotton/hemp, and woven cotton scarves and bandanas. To start, I cut up the hemp/cotton jersey fabric into a range of sizes. 6 – 10.5″x72″, 24 – 10.5″x60″ and 4 – 32″x32″. Its time to get to work dyeing!