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"At the Bahamas" Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn

"At the Bahamas" Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn
Gifted by Darn Good Yarn
www.darngoodyarn.com

Reviewed by Katherine Filippo, Editor of AllFreeKnitting

The name says it all with the Darn Good Yarn company. They're making a difference in the world one skein at a time by selling environment and people friendly yarn. Intrigued by their company's mission, I was excited to review their “At the Bahamas” Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn. 

What I noticed first about this yarn was its bold, vibrant hues. Since it's made from recycled silk sari ribbons each skein has hundreds of colors to create a multicolored effect. The jewel-toned colors of this yarn are stunning and would make any knitting project stand out. Not only is it visually appealing, but it's also a very versatile yarn that can be used to knit scarves, shawls, bags, jewelry and even a lampshade! 

What I love most about this yarn (besides the beautiful colors!) is that it's a fair trade product. If you have never heard of fair trade it's a great movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries get a fair price for their products. This yarn was made by underprivileged women in a co-op in India. They make their living by sewing together remnants of sari silk fabric and making them into yarn. By buying this yarn you are helping these women sustain their families and end the cycle of poverty. Since these fabric scraps would normally be thrown away this up-cycled yarn is also environmentally friendly. Who knew that something as simple as yarn would be making the world a better place?

The name, "At the Bahamas," is fitting seeing as the colors and design are very tropical. The individual strips of ribbons are around .75 inches wide and sewn end to end to create a patchwork design. The edges are unfinished which gives your knitting projects a unique and relaxed look. In each 100 gram skein there is about 130 feet to create an amazing knit project.  Since the yarn is made by hand it means that no two skeins are the same guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind piece. If you want more ideas on what to make with this yarn or are interested in more fair trade yarn products check out their website at Darngoodyarn.com.

 

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Interesting...makes me wonder if other types of fabrics would work in the same way. Different countries third world or not use different fabrics for clothing. My only question is how to deal with the natural fraying that occurs with most fabrics while knitting?

another helpful information source - these sari silk yarns are popular but it is hard to know just what one is buying and what to purchase for a particular project. Great help.

I'd definitely like to try and knit a lampshade!

The colors are beautiful! The only problem I would have with this yarn is deciding what to make with it. It would be stunning as a scarf... a purse... maybe a hat... or a sweater. There's a multitude of choices.

Beautiful colours

gorgeous

Looks like it would be fun to work with!

GREAT!! LOVED IT!!

Just wondering if the larger width needs the thicker needles or can be used on thinner needles and if these are a good way to start for a beginner adult? child?

It's great for making purses.

Has anyone used it? If so, what do you use it for?

So very very nice.

Great idea!

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