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Over 1000 species of this plant exist. It is not a wood, but technically a hollow grass that is used for such diverse purposes as culinary and medicinal, flooring and yarn!

This plant can grow up to 3 foot a day. Although it is grown primarily in the tropics, certain types of this plant have become quite a problem in New Hampshire and parts of Vermont even! Once it takes hold it is very difficult to keep it in check.

This aggressive growth rate, however, is one of the many properties which make it a very renewable source of yarn and fabric. In addition to this helpful growth rate, bamboo has several other inherent properties which make it a great yarn. It naturally wicks moisture away from the body, making a comfortable fabric for even the hot summer days. The processing of this plant into yarn doesn't require any caustic additives which is good for the environment, as well as for those of you with sensitive skins. It also has a natural antibacterial substance (called the kun) so its cultivation doesn't require the use of pesticides which makes it environmentally friendly. In fact, this same antibacterial property is one of the yarns many selling features. When bamboo yarn was incubated with staph aureous (a common bacteria) it killed 99.8% of the bacteria! Even after 50 industrial washings (much more aggressive than what we do at home), the yarn exhibited a greater than 70% kill rate when incubated with bacteria! For this reason, many knitters like to use it for socks. In one study among 50 people with athlete's foot, socks made of bamboo helped reduce the burn and itch right away and the sores in 2-6 days.

Stop by the store to see the various forms of bamboo yarn I have for sale, knit up so you can feel the softness, or check them out on the web...

Sir Dar's Baby Bamboo

Bamboo Ribbon