I love yarn. If you’ve followed my blog and/or podcast for a while you will have definitely picked up on this! I have referred to my love of yarn as “an obsession” in the past but actually that’s not strictly true because I don’t just love “any old yarn”, I am becoming really rather picky. In particular, I am becoming more and more interested in ethically produced yarn. I like buying from companies who genuinely seem to care about how they create and source their products. I was therefore delighted to receive a package of yarn to try out from a lovely company called Be Sweet.
Be Sweet is a company with a conscience and was founded on the principle of being kind to others. The company’s mission is to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to consumers, whilst helping to support community development around the world. Be Sweet works with several job creation/empowerment groups that give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions.
I really rather like the sound of that! I can indulge my love of yarn and be socially responsible at the same time.
So let me tell you all about this yummy yarn! I was sent a skein/ball of every yarn pictured in this post. My favourite was the Simply Sweet, Satisfaction, a lovely worsted weight blend of 60% wool, 20% kid mohair and 20% superfine Alpaca. The wool content gives the yarn warmth and structure but the alpaca makes it lovely and soft; the mohair gives it a very slight halo. The colourway I received is an amazing shade of yellow called “marigold 706″; it would look really nice combined with navy or grey.
I also really liked the Extra Fine (lace weight baby mohair). I received a small 25g ball but the yardage is pretty impressive – 230 yards/210m. It’s incredible to think that I could knit a cowl or scarf out of such a small ball, but it’s definitely do-able! I rather like the look of the Inside Outside Cowl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. This yarn has a really interesting texture; it’s almost as if the fibres are a little curly! There is an explanation on the ball band about where the yarn came from and how it was spun and dyed. Here’s an extract: “This yarn was hand spun and dyed by women in South Africa under a job creation program that has offered opportunity in an economically depressed rural region with a 75% unemployment rate and little opportunity aside from hard labor in pineapple fields”.
I am not normally a big fan of bamboo yarn, but I think that’s possibly because the bamboo I have knitted with in the past has been combined with something manmade. Be Sweet Bamboo is 100% bamboo. It’s hand dyed but machine washable, and anti-bacterial, making it perfect for baby knitting. 50g yarn (1 ball) gives you 110 yards/100m. This is more than enough for for a cute baby hat or socks. I like the look of Janet D Russell’s Very Basic Baby Beanie and Seasonal Fibre’s Baby Birthday Socks. I have a ball in the colourway “Peach 670″ and it’s a really nice looking yarn. It has an elegant sheet and it’s very soft.
The other yarns I received were Simply Sweet Whipped Cream (a single ply aran yarn, 45% kid mohair, 45% wool and 10% silk) and Be Sweet Skinny Wool (a delicate, single ply, 100% merino wool strand). The Whipped Cream is incredibly soft, as you can imagine and the Skinny Wool feels really strong for such a fine yarn. It’s got a great colour and would be lovely in a shawl. Both of these yarns are single ply; I tend to steer clear of single ply yarns as I’ve had bad experiences with them pilling in the past. But these 2 are so lovely that I think I may try again.
All in all, I was really impressed with this selection of yarn and I love Be Sweet’s ethos. I am confident we’ll be hearing more about Be Sweet in the future.
You cannot buy yarn direct from Be Sweet unless you are a yarn shop, but there are lots of shops and online retailers that carry their yarn. Check out the Be Sweet website for further details.