A yarny afternoon

Yesterday I had the great good fortune of meeting Tara Jon Manning at Posh. We had a grand time with Sylvia talking not so much about knitting but a lot about yarn—much of it organic. Tara’s book Nature Babieswhich employs a trifecta of crafts, uses mostly organic and sustainable materials to create goodies for tots. And Sylvia, Posh’s mama, has been a longtime fan of Blue Sky Alpaca’s organic yarns and other sustainable fibers. Me, I just write about the stuff.

One of my favorties is Nature’s Palette Organic Plant-Dyed Worsted Weight Columbia Yarn, which sadly has been in short supply since Clara reviewed it. Tara loves O-Wool Classic—100 percent organic merino at a great price point. Happily it seems there are more organic options all the time. But, as we all agreed, there’s a certain amount of caveat emptor to be aware of. As with any industry, most organic manufacturers seem to be on the up-and-up. They’ll tell you that the yarn is plant-dyed but not organic or they’ll explain that yes, they use acid dies, but that the fiber is organic. Some farms, too, employ organic standards but can’t afford the imprimatur or hassle of USDA certification. If folks are open and honest about what they do and do not do, then you’re probably getting what you think you’re buying.

Watch it, though, when people are really vague. If they don’t know the certification agency, the hows and whys of organic agriculture or the sheep, we agreed that seems a little squidgy.

Enough of that. Anyone know any good organic wines?

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