What’s So Great About 8/2 Cotton?
Spring is finally here! Though the weather may not have gotten the message in certain areas, it’s time to start thinking of BBQs, backyard parties, and warmer weather. And of course, what goes better with an evening on the patio then some gorgeous handwoven napkins? For projects like these, we recommend 8/2 Aurora Earth: A Weaver’s Best Friend.
Aurora Earth is an unmercerized cotton yarn. Unmercerized cotton’s tendency to look more like natural cotton and to be very absorbent mean that it’s perfect for weaver’s favorite project – the hand towel – as well as things like napkins, breadcloths, and similar kitchen and bath items. You can find a more thorough explanation of the process and benefits of each style “ “Mercerized vs unmercerized: Which will it be?” in one of our earlier blog posts.
Here why 8/2 Aurora Earth is one of our favorite yarns:
- ABSORBENT Did you know that cotton is able to absorb up to 27 times its weight in liquid water? Cotton’s absorbent properties occur for several reasons, including its specific molecular structure and the structure of water. To find out more about why cotton is great for towels, clothing, linens, and rugs, check out the TIP on our website.
- AFFORDABLE Few fibers are as inexpensive as cotton, and 8/2 Aurora Earth is a best buy yarn. This yarn is available on cones with a put-up of of 20 ounces (that’s almost 4,500 yards of yarn, or about 5 dishtowels) for only $25!
- GREAT COLORS 8/2 Aurora Earth is available in 70 solid colors and 8 variegated shades, so you can bring the vision in your mind to life on your loom. Preview the wide range of colors here.
- PACKAGING Our standard 20 oz cones are an economical choice for any project. With almost 4,500 yards of yarn on each cone, they’ll last through several projects for a low price. If you’re looking for a smaller put-up, we also offer 8/2 Aurora Earth in 2 oz and 4 oz cones. These smaller cones are perfect for colorwork projects. For starters, check out our Designing With Color kitchen towel kit. You’ll find yarn in several great color combinations for use with a great free pattern from Weaving Today.
For even more pattern inspiration, we make weaving with 8/2 Aurora Earth easy. We’ve developed over 40 time-tested kits for use with this yarn, for projects ranging from scarves to home decor to towels and more. Each kit contains just the right amount of yarn to finish a project, and is available in gorgeous color combos for a beautiful finished project.
We’re also excited to offer our Kit of the Month Club to coincide with Handwoven’s A Dozen Projects in 8/2 Cotton e-book. Discover and delight in these projects to weave using our Aurora Earth 8/2 cotton on any four-shaft loom. You will not only save by receiving FREE SHIPPING on every club shipment but you will also get just the right amount of yarn without having to buy full size cones of the many colors needed for these projects! Find more information on our website, and preview the projects in the video below:
We hope the weather is warm where you are. Here’s to a spring and summer full of good friends and great weaving! And as always, if you make something from our yarn, we’d love for you to share pictures of your finished project in our Ravelry group!