Until about a year a I though of bamboo and knitting as all about the needles and then this skein of Wendy Happy caught my eye in a yarn shop in Dublin.
I bought it because it was a perfect match for a dress and the sheen made it a lovely choice for a shawl. It was only afterwards that I discovered this was due to it being 75% bamboo.
The drape of bamboo yarns makes them perfect for shawls and scarves but apparently the fibre has other important qualities - durability and being a natural anti-bacterial.
I had a vision of the great stands of bamboo you can see in islands in the Indian Ocean. But apparently it is much smaller shoots that are broken down for their cellulose.
Either way I've become a fan over the past year with quite a few bamboo-based projects.
An Aoelian shawl in the original skein of Happy.
But it took a little more than a skein so I used the remainder of the second on a Lilac Leaf Scarf from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia. And picked up a skein in a different colourway which became the Diamond Happy scarf for my sister (left).
Meanwhile at Knit Nation I won a skein of Old Maiden Aunt 80% Merino, 20% Bamboo whcih I turned into Dido by Åsa Tricosa(right).
Merino and bamboo works really well togather - spring and drape - as does Bluefaced Leceister and bamboo which I recently used for a test knit project in the form of Yarn Addict's Bamboozle.
I've also used 100% bamboo which knits a bit like cotton such as here (also featuringthe lilac leaf scarf in a duble bamboo moment):