I made several items from this yarn for Christmas gifts this past year -- including shaws, scarfs, hats, throws and even a baby blanket -- I love the way it works up. I knit as well as crochet, and like the way looks with both. I ESPECIALLY like not having pesticides, etc. to worry about. I do wish there were more of a color selection however.
It loses its stitch definition with washing.
I weave this yarn with a handheld loom for throws/baby blankets. Wash & dry on delicate cycle, keeps it soft and colors are great. Prefer to finish edges with fabric instead of yarn. Organic a definite plus for babies and I always use coupons to cut the price. This yarn also makes great dishcloths.
OK, it seems a bit extreme, but after experimenting with two skeins I now make all my dishcloths with this yarn. The biggest problem is price; I only get it on sale. But the result is a much thicker, softer, longer lasting dishcloth, even if you use bleach cleanser. So, I would not hesitate to wash and dry this yarn, despite the directions on the packaging. Do a test swatch to allow for shrinkage, although it doesn't appear to shrink much. The key is a strong thread that carries the remaining filaments together.
This is a beautiful yarn, I love the feel of it and I love working with it, and I love that it is organic cotton. However, I'm making a child's blanket out of it and the price is just ridiculous! I've already spent $50 and I'm only half way done with the blanket.
I made a baby blanket that the parents wanted in organic yarn. The yarn has little give when working with it. I had to wash it before giving as I had carried the project with me while traveling. It needs to be dried flat which is impractical for a baby item. Took three days to dry and the end result was flat looking even for a blanket. Will not use again.
I knitted a washcloth out of this, as a change from regular cotton yarn. Feels yummy on skin, holds color well when washed--launders and dries well. Going to start a seed-stitch cap in Walnut soon. Should be a nice early-autumn project.
I was excited to find an organic yarn that was reasonably priced. I knit this into a long shawl and the drape and softness of the yarn is yummy. However, I found the yarn to leave lint all over my clothes. Haven't tried washing yet, but I would use this yarn again.