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Knitting with Linen

Knitting with Linen

Linen has a long and storied past. It comes from the flax plant, which has been used by humans for centuries and can be grown in a variety of environments—it’s native to the eastern Mediterranean, but can be grown in many other locations, including Vancouver, Canada, where Caitlin ffrench grew her own flax and is spinning the linen fiber herself (her article in this issue, Grow Your Own Yarn, is a must-read for fiber fiends). It’s a plant fiber, so it shares certain properties with cotton, but it can be incredibly crisp, almost like paper, or soft and fluid.

See the rest of the story about knitting with linen and linen designs in Knitting Daily

Our “Flaxerella”, 100% Linen Yarn from Belgium, 50g, natural, NM 4.8/1 has 260 yards (240 meters).

Check out Caitlin ffrench designs on Ravelry and find your inspiration to use your linen yarn.

Happy Knitting with Linen!

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Do Linen Shirts Irritate Your Skin?

Flax field, linen

Linen has often been said to be one of the healthiest fabrics for your skin. It’s a fabric that allows for breath-ability. It gives off the sensation of weightlessness when it is worn. Because of this, linen shirts tend to be some of the healthiest options for summer clothes. Along with being a light fabric, it is also hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial.  It can absorb water easily without making the fabric feel wet. This is due to the large amount of pectins located inside of the fabric. Pectins are what hold fibers together. A higher concentration of them results in greater ability to absorb water. Linen shirts do not irritate your skin, and instead offer many benefits.


Masters of Linen


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Benefits of Linen: Well being

Flax fibers are known for their great ability to absorb water. This is due to a high amount of pectins, the components that hold the fibers together. Pectins in linen textiles give them a «lively», heat-regulating quality. Depending on the weather, they can retain water or repel it – up to 20%* of their weight – without feeling damp to the touch. A guaranteed sensation of well-being.

Supple, relaxing linen sheets are comfortable for sleeping and encourage regular sleep cycles. Linen is an intrinsically hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial fabric with a soothing hand : inherent properties that have been known since the Middle Ages to help people with skin problems.