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New organic cotton yarn inspires lovely possibilities

When the lovely folks at Galler Yarns sent along a free sample of their Inca-Eco 100% Organic Cotton Yarn for me try, I opened a package from them a short time later and found myself in that happy place where my craft world is full of possibility. This yarn is aqua (my fav!) and can be turned into anything I want to make. I love twirling around (figuratively at least) in the possibility of what a couple pretty hanks of yarn can become.

Now I’m coming off several weeks of pretty continuous work on the spring issue of CraftSanity Magazine and still feeling a bit nocturnal. And, well, this yarn has been waiting for me to finish pattern testing and take a break and make something fun and non work-related. The funny thing is this yarn is likely going to be become a Dori Spring Shawlette, which is a lovely design by Lisa Gutierrez and a pattern featured in the new issue of CraftSanity. It’s amusing to me that when I’m finally free to make anything, I choose to follow patterns from the magazine I publish. (I used a light brown wool from my stash to quickly test Lisa’s pattern and now I’m looking forward to stitching at a more leisurely pace with yarn that is soft and more suitable to spring temperatures.)

Before I go crochet in the sun, I want to show you a little test I did with the Inca-Eco. I love the irregularity of the twist of this yarn with some thick and thin variation. I also love to weave and have been doing a lot of small loom projects in recent weeks. So, I stole a tiny bit of yarn from my shawlette project and wove myself a lovely cotton bracelet.

I used a basic plain weave on a nail loom and love how the bracelet shows the variations in thickness of the yarn in a way that knitting and crochet can’t quite match.

Soft bling rocks my handmade world. And so does organic cotton yarn. So, if you’re looking to load up for your next project, I recommend Inca-Eco. It’s made in Peru, dyed with low-impact dyes and imported by Joseph Galler Inc. in Monroe, NY. You can find out more about the company here and read what other craft bloggers have to say about by following the yarn tour links below. Be sure to read the Q&A with Star Geller, the woman at the helm of the family-owned company. She’s an artist!

Monday, March 19 – Day 1 - In the Loop in Norfolk, MA
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 - Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 - FreshStitches
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 - Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 - Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 - Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 – CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 - Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 - Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Wednesday, March 28 – Day 10 - Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown and La Plaza, MD
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 - Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 - KRW Knitwear Studio
Saturday, March 31 – Day 13 - About.com with Sarah E. White
Sunday, April 1 – Day 14 - Underground Crafter
Monday, April 2 – Day 15 - Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, CA

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Comment from Marie at Galler Yarns
Time: March 25, 2012, 5:53 pm

I love your weaving project! Thanks for participating in the tour.

Comment from Bonney
Time: March 25, 2012, 7:25 pm

You have looms you aren’t sharing with us!!!

Comment from jennifer
Time: March 25, 2012, 9:05 pm

I didn’t make this loom. I have many looms in my collection that I did not make. :)

Comment from thezenofmaking
Time: March 26, 2012, 11:57 am

I always use Blue Sky Alpaca organic cotton yarn, but this looks absolutely lovely–especially in weaving work! I’m intrigued by their sport-weight Parisian cotton, too. The only problem: I can’t find a way to order directly. :/

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Comment from Anna Shade
Time: April 21, 2012, 9:58 am

I LOVE that yarn. Did you buy it locally? I also love the bracelet loom. I’ve just started knitting bracelets, but I really like how that one came out. Thanks for sharing, as always!

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