The anticipation of receiving my pound of hemp yarn in the mail is about to do me in. I feel like I did as a child the week before Christmas when all I could do was think about what was going to be in the packages under the tree. Except now I'm 30 and every time the UPS truck drives by, I want run out into the street, chase him down and yell, "Hey, you forgot to stop at my house!!!" Fortunately, I'm a relatively sane woman (no laughing allowed) who has at least one ounce of self respect left in my body. Oh yeah, I also have three boys and a husband who promise they can never be seen in public with me again should I actually pull off the maneuver.
As I promised on Monday, here is some info about hemp:: (~warning~ amazing properties of this fiber may cause mass hysteria)
What is hemp?
Hemp is a natural fiber from the cannabis sativa plant (no, it's not pot silly) which is specifically produced for yielding long soft fibers.
Benefits as Clothing
*Ultra absorbant (perfect for cloth diapers!!)
*Washer and dryer friendly
~will not shrink
~gets softer each time you wash & dry
*Acts like wool in that it breathes, absorbing moisture to cool the skin in hot weather and insulating in cold temps
*Blocks harmful uv rays
*3X stronger than cotton
Benefits to Environment
*Improves soil structure
~Root system is large (up to 3ft), anchors and protects soil from erosion
~Replenishes nitrogen and nutrients
*Biodegradable, Recyclable, and Reusable
*Grows very fast allowing large yields in every climate
*No herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers needed due to fast growing wide canopy of leaves. (Production of cotton consumes almost one half of the nation's ag chemicals used)
*Cleans up toxins from the ground through the process of phytoremediation
Other Uses for Hemp
*Paints & Cleaners
I'd love to hear about your experiences with hemp...