The Camborne Pullover is knit in Rowan's Hemp Tweed yarn, a beautiful blend of wool and hemp in a versatile worsted weight . . . But let's be honest here, "yarn" is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "hemp."
But perhaps it should be . . .
Hemp has been grown for fiber for at least 12,000 years. Naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light, sailing ships used hemp rope for their riggings, and hemp fiber was used to make sail canvas. In fact the word "canvas" is derived from the word "cannabis." (Both hemp fiber and marijuana are products of cannabis plants, but different species of cannabis.)
|"Garden Hemp" in a book published in the year 512|
What did our founding fathers think of hemp? George Washington grew hemp as a cash crop in 1765. Benjamin Franklin owned a mill that produced hemp paper, and in 1776 Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
But in the 19th century Americans discovered Manila hemp. Although it was new to us, in the Philippines they had been using fiber from the banana plant to make rope, paper and fabric for centuries (our modern manila envelopes and manila paper are made from Manila hemp). Manila hemp is not related to the hemp plant, but Americans called it Manila hemp because the fiber's qualities were so like the hemp we were familiar with. Hemp production in the US went down in favor of less expensive imported Manila hemp.
|Hemp stem showing fibers around a central core.|
But you should knit a Camborne Pullover! The pattern is free with the purchase of Rowan Hemp Tweed yarn - and we've got the yarn on sale at 20% off!
Happy Knitting . . . . Scout