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Supernatural SweetGeorgia

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There’s more than one way to get colour on yarn.

Tomorrow when we re-open the shop, we’ll be offering a collection of yarns and fibres under the name “Supernatural SweetGeorgia”. Natural and plant dyes create some of the most beautifully nuanced and luscious colours in our history. These colours are full of life and energy. Supernatural SweetGeorgia is our collection of yarns and fibres from organic, sustainable and renewable sources that are hand-dyed with natural and plant dyes. Multiple overdyes and multi-step processes… there’s a whole lot of love in these yarns.

As a knitter, spinner and weaver, I am well aware of the beauty and benefits of using natural fibres like silk, wool, or linen. But then things became more a little complicated with the release of products like soy silk, bamboo, ingeo, organic wool, and organic cotton. What’s good to use? What’s responsible to use? How do I sort out the options? I am, more than ever, conflicted about the choices.

We are inundated with publicity about “green” products and “sustainability”… just this month’s [Knit.1 mag](https://knit1mag.com/) is entitled “The Green Issue” in which they discuss knitting, eco-activism, and organic yarns. Vogue Patterns’ April/May 2008 issue has an article called “Sewing Green” which describes all eco-friendly fabrics. Rowan’s latest magazine features their new “green” line called PureLife. There is [Amy Singer’s book “No Sheep For You”](https://amysinger.ca/books.html) which details all sorts of alternative natural fibres… and also [Shannon Okey’s new book “Alt Fiber”](https://www.knitgrrl.com/?page_id=534) which delves into even more obscure alternative fibres like pineapple ramie and kenaf. You can’t escape what seems like the immense pressure to make the right and responsible choice.

Treehugger simultaneously [evangelizes about the benefits of bamboo textiles](https://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/05/bamboo_textile.php) while also considering that [maybe bamboo textiles aren’t really sustainable or organic](https://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/09/is_bamboo_cloth.php). Confused? Yeah, me too. I think it’s all too easy to idealize any one particular “new” fibre or textile and to put something on a pedestal without investigation or scrutiny. In no way do I believe that I have the answers… but I am committed to looking at and studying different options while also encouraging everyone to do the same. Be open and vigilant. Here are some places to start:

* [Sustainability in Textiles: An Overview (Worsted Witch)](https://www.worstedwitch.com/2006/04/02/sustainability-in-textiles-an-overview/)
* [Greensleeves: Sustainability in the Fiber & Textile Arts (Worsted Witch)](https://www.worstedwitch.com/greensleeves-on-sustainable-fibers/)
* [Eco-Tip: Mini Directory of Green Fabrics (TreeHugger)](https://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/02/ecotip_mini_dir.php)
* [Sustainable Clothing: Emerging Standards (OrganicClothing)](https://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/05/sustainable_clo.html)
* [Tencel: Sustainable but not necessarily healthy (OrganicClothing)](https://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2005/11/tencel_sustaina.html)
* [Bamboo: Facts behind the Fiber (OrganicClothing)](https://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/09/bamboo-facts-be.html)
* [Green Knitter: Natural, Organic and Eco-friendly Yarn Chart](https://greenknitter.com/chart.htm)

In tomorrow’s update, we’ll have some naturally dyed bamboo and silk yarns. And in future updates, we’ll also have organic wools in worsted weight. I’ve just dyed some in pomegranate and it’s lovely, squishy stuff. Pomegranate-dyed organic merino yarn might not entirely save the world, but hey, I’m trying.

Supernatural SweetGeorgia
Let’s try something new!

1% of the proceeds from the Supernatural SweetGeorgia collection will be directed to OnePercentForThePlanet, an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet. Members donate at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations worldwide.

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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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15 thoughts on “Supernatural SweetGeorgia

  1. CraftyCanadian says:

    Bravo Sweet Georgia! I’ve been thinking about this subject for quite a while now and I’m glad to see others thinking out loud about it too. I have always figured there HAD to be some chemical involvement to break down the plants (cellulose) so it can be ‘rebuilt’ it into fiber. The plant materials may be organic but what about the chemicals? How are they handled? Is there any residual left in the yarn? All questions that rattle around in my head… thank you for openly discussing this! – Amanda

  2. CraftyCanadian says:

    Bravo Sweet Georgia! I’ve been thinking about this subject for quite a while now and I’m glad to see others thinking out loud about it too. I have always figured there HAD to be some chemical involvement to break down the plants (cellulose) so it can be ‘rebuilt’ it into fiber. The plant materials may be organic but what about the chemicals? How are they handled? Is there any residual left in the yarn? All questions that rattle around in my head… thank you for openly discussing this! – Amanda

  3. Thanks for giving me more places to look when I start asking questions. I’ve been finding it difficult to find answers to the questions about yarn I keep posing. Having a one sided disscusion with can be hard but it’s nice to know that others are thinking the same things.

  4. Thanks for giving me more places to look when I start asking questions. I’ve been finding it difficult to find answers to the questions about yarn I keep posing. Having a one sided disscusion with can be hard but it’s nice to know that others are thinking the same things.

  5. CraftyCanadian: there definitely is some chemical involvement for some plant fibers, but of these fibers (a particular type of lyocell among them), many completely recycle the chemicals and even the water used for the process to even out the effects altogether. No net addition of chemicals to the enviroment or the fiber!

    I’m so excited about Supernatural SweetGeorgia — Felicia has such a way with these fibers (wait til you see what she dyed in my book), you’ll love them, I’m sure.

  6. CraftyCanadian: there definitely is some chemical involvement for some plant fibers, but of these fibers (a particular type of lyocell among them), many completely recycle the chemicals and even the water used for the process to even out the effects altogether. No net addition of chemicals to the enviroment or the fiber!

    I’m so excited about Supernatural SweetGeorgia — Felicia has such a way with these fibers (wait til you see what she dyed in my book), you’ll love them, I’m sure.

  7. Jagienka says:

    Oh, nooo…

    Where? Who? What? errr… I just visited your shop hoping to buy some of your beautiful yarn and looks like almost everything is gone already ;o(

    To bad for me, great for you ;o) Looks like you’re really back in business.
    I’ll keep my eyes open for the next yummy yarn batch.
    Wow…

  8. Jagienka says:

    Oh, nooo…

    Where? Who? What? errr… I just visited your shop hoping to buy some of your beautiful yarn and looks like almost everything is gone already ;o(

    To bad for me, great for you ;o) Looks like you’re really back in business.
    I’ll keep my eyes open for the next yummy yarn batch.
    Wow…

  9. I love the color on that silk taffy: cutch. Very lovely!!

  10. I love the color on that silk taffy: cutch. Very lovely!!

  11. Jasmin says:

    LOVE the name, Felicia! And thanks for the shoutout!

  12. Jasmin says:

    LOVE the name, Felicia! And thanks for the shoutout!

  13. Jeanne says:

    I also missed out on the (sock) yarn! Shoot. I’d been waiting for it all year. I couldn’t get online on Friday and by Sat. it was gone. Great colors! I’m looking forward to the next batch :).

  14. Jeanne says:

    I also missed out on the (sock) yarn! Shoot. I’d been waiting for it all year. I couldn’t get online on Friday and by Sat. it was gone. Great colors! I’m looking forward to the next batch :).

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