Skein #28 Yarn From Cellulose Fibers

30 m 28 g 1100 m/kg
4 w/cm 10.5 w/in
Size Determination: Thick
Lyocell and Bamboo


Reason for choice of this sample
These fibers are not stiff like many traditional cellulose fibers and can be used in complex plied yarns. In addition to being of plant origin, they are manufactured with improved non-polluting technology.


Preparation for spinning
Divided and loosened the very dense lyocell top. No preparation was required for the bamboo

Equipment used
Flyer spinning wheel

Type of spinning
Short forward draft

Direction of Twist
Z/S, S/Z

Number of plies

Washed and blocked

Suggested uses
This yarn is designed as an accent yarn for knitting, combine it with a plain white yarn for a novelty scarf or hat with shiny contrast and texture. It can be carefully washed, but is not intended for everyday wear. It is suitable for people who do not wish to use yarns of animal or petroleum origin or made by a manufacturing process that pollutes the natural environment.


Maximum 54 points

Examiner 1: 40
Examiner 2: 40

Examiner 1 noted that this should be a natural cellulose fiber like ramie or hemp. I tried some of those and I didn't think I could do anything really interesting with them. Since the mentor said synthetic was limited to chemically synthetic (and these are not) then I thought they were fair game here. They are both of cellulose origin. I looked at ingeo but I never was quite sure if it is made from the whole corn plant or only corn oil. (There is another fiber from corn husks that is of cellulose origin.) I wanted to do a novelty yarn of cellulose, something unexpected. I also liked the idea of doing a "green" yarn of plant origin and non-polluting modern technology. The vegans complain that I'm a sheep enslaver and bug murderer.

Both noted that the description of plying technique was confusing. Well, at least it wasn't wrong, which it would have been before I sent the corrected label. It doesn't seem to have helped any, however. I don't know what else I would have written. The only place for ply information is a tiny space on one of the skein labels, hardly enough for more than a word or two. Examiner 1 noted the loops of black "cause the 3 ply to look like a 5 ply." That was exactly the idea, it was a boucle structure and the long loops were exactly to leave bits sticking out at both ends. That's why there's a binder over it. The two plies of white bamboo are not spun in the same direction.