I've been longing to knit up something with the new O-wool Balance from the fabulous Vermont Organic Fiber Company and I decided to knit up Monica from Knitty.com Spring '07. It is an adorable little dress / tank top in several different sizes. After much perplexing, I decided to do the body in Natural and the ruffle in Periodot, a very soft green. Finished the front - over halfway done with the back.
O-Wool's Balance yarn is 50% organic wool, 50% organic cotton, all certified of course. For those of you who have never knit with organic, let me share some facts with you - directly from the *sheeps* mouth, Vermont Organic Fiber Company...
Certified Organic Wool Production Requirements
*Livestock must be fed 100% organically grown feed and forage
*Synthetic hormones and vaccinations are prohibited
*Synthetic pesticides on livestock and pastures are prohibited
*Genetic engineering is prohibited
Healthy livestock is promoted through good management
Certified Organic Cotton Production Requirements
*Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are prohibited
*Synthetic fertilizers are prohibited
*Toxic chemicals for defoliation are prohibited
*Genetically modified organisms are prohibited
*Healthy soil is promoted through crop rotation and nutrients
Organic Fiber Processing Requirements
*Organic fiber must be handled separately from non-organic
*Detergents for wool scouring shall be readily biodegradable
*Must practice appropriate treatment of waste water
*Oils used in spinning shall be of vegetable or animal origin
*All dyes must be free of heavy metals and aromatic amines
*Recyclable or readily biodegradable finishing materials are used
*Carbonizing fibers using acid baths is prohibited
*Organic facilities must practice structural pest management
Rest assured O-Wool(tm) Knitters are directly increasing acreage cared for under organic management and effectively contributing to a truly sustainable environment. On average, for every pound of organic wool produced, two acres of land are sustained under organic management. Feels good, doesn't it!
Why do I love O-Wool so much? Well .... see above. For all of our friends in the UnderCover Club, this is why we chose O-Wool Classic for your *cover*...