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Published on September 24th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand

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Yearn Worthy Yarn: Pineapple

We are a bit pineapple obsessed this week here at Crafting a Green World. But when we find out about an interesting plant fiber that can be used as a fabric and a yarn, color us impressed.

I first heard about pineapple yarn via Craftzine, and thanks to their ambitious interns have learned much about this cute little yarn.

Yarns made from the pineapple or plants in the pineapple family are very similar to twine or hemp yarns. They are slightly more utilitarian but are easily workable. The fiber is taken from the leaves of the plant and can be made into 100% pineapple yarn or a blend.

Knit Purl offers a 100% yarn that comes in bright earthy colors. Habu also offers a pineapple yarn that is a blend. It is lightweight and perfect for weavers and knitters who favor lightweight lacy patterns.

What say you? You ready to work with some pineapple yarn?


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Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.



8 Responses to Yearn Worthy Yarn: Pineapple

  1. greta says:

    Pineapple can’t really be considered a true green product. Yes its using a part that would other wise go to waste, but pineapples are shipped primarily from Southeastern Asia, South America, and Africa. All the shipping counters what green credit this product has, that is unless you live in a growing region.

  2. Nicole says:

    Looks scratchy… would be awful to knit with.

  3. I read your previous blog about pineapple fabric and find this one to be interesting as well. I suppose when combined with the silk fibers, a more comfortable and pliable yard emerges for garments and wearable items. If any of your readers are interested in other additional alternative organic products check out this link http://www.jandofabrics.com/categories.asp?id=32
    thanks for the info!

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  8. Gina Munsey says:

    Looking through the archives =) And wow, I had no idea PINEAPPLE could be used to make yarn…that is SO COOL!

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