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NEW YARN: Vegan Yarn Pakucho Cotton

May 1, 2020

Cotton, bamboo, linen, silk, hemp. Fibre friends, we have such a rich variety of materials available to use beyond wool. If you haven’t had an opportunity to cast on with one of these natural fibres, this might be the perfect time. We’ve just added the new line of Vegan Yarn Pakucho worsted cotton to the store in seven colourways. It’s from a local dyer, machine washable (yippee!), fair trade, organic and sustainable.

New Vegan Yarn Pakucho worsted organic cotton in seven colourways. Imagine using these for colour work? 

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Vegan Yarn is brought to you by Heidi Braacx who hand dyes yarn in her home studio right here in the Lower Mainland, in New Westminster. Her Pakucho cotton is a special yarn, in that the colourways are naturally pigmented and not dyed (which is why there’s some price variance between colorways). The cotton is grown in natural cream, beige, brown, avocado, and mauve shades without pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals.

Pakucho is made from an ancient heritage variety of South American cotton and purchasing this yarn directly supports biodiversity and the amazing heritage of colourgrown cottons. We really appreciate how much Vegan Yarn focuses on sustainability, and fair trade and labour practices. The Pakucho yarn is EKO Certified Organic by USDA, adheres to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), SKAL & Certified Fair Trade by Control Union Fair Choice, and it has been made for Vegan Yarn by Peru Naturtex.

If all that wasn’t enough to convince you to plan your next project in this yarn then let me add this: it is machine washable and can be put in the dryer as long as you account for 10-15% shrinkage in length as you would with other cotton fabrics. The colour will also intensify with washing rather than dulling. Drop some food on your sweater or get it dirty while out on a hike? Pop it into the washing machine. It’s the ideal no muss, no fuss yarn that will let you wear your me mades worry free.

One of our staff members, Gabby, is currently working on a Sailing Sweater in Vegan Yarn Pakucho using the Rust colourway. It’s beautifully soft and gives lovely definition to lace and cable patterns. The breathable cotton is going to make it the perfect sweater for cool summer evenings. We can’t wait to see how the lace looks when it’s blocked, the stitch definition and texture of the Pakucho yarn will really pop!

Note: for this sweater Gabby went down two needle sizes to achieve the required gauge in the pattern. Don’t forget to gauge swatch when trying new yarns to make sure that your final work will match the patterns intended dimensions. Check out this great Tin Can Knits resource on gauge, you’ll never regret swatching!

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Fibres:  100% Certified Organic Cotton
Gauge:  20 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  4.5 – 5.5 mm (US 7 – 9)
Weight:  Worsted (4)
Length:  50 g / 88 yards (80 m)

Machine wash. Machine dry.

 

In addition to carrying Pakucho cotton, we also carry Pleiades (sock fingering bamboo and cotton blend), Bellatrix (fingering weight bamboo), and Vega (super bulky organic cotton) lines of Vegan Yarn in the store. From Peru to New West to you!

 

We can’t wait to see what you decide to make in your Vegan Yarn. The possibilities are endless!

You can purchase your Vegan Yarn in the online store or you can call us between 11am-2pm each day to place an order over the phone. While Baaad Anna’s is closed to the public for the moment we are offering inclusive shipping options as well as curbside pick up.

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Hope that you are all staying safe. We will weather this together, as we are stronger as a community.

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