We're joining in with Danielle at A Stash Addict this week for Fibre Appreciation Thursday. Our featured yarn today is Parisian Cotton, our mercerized Egyptian cotton. Galler Yarns has been continuously importing Parisian Cotton since 1960!
So what is mercerized cotton, you ask? Mercerized cotton has been processed to increase the luster of the fiber, and an added benefit is that it actually absorbs more dye, which allows for a striking range of colors.
The process is named after the English chemist, John Mercer, who developed the method for mercerization (named after him, naturally) in the mid-1800s. If you like to geek out on yarn chemistry, you may want to read this article on FiberArts.org for more information about mercerization.
I love using Parisian Cotton in the kind of hot weather we've recently had in the Northeastern U.S. It's very cool to the touch and it glides nicely.
Last week, I shared a free crochet pattern for the Diagonal Bobbles Clutch in one of my favorite Parisian Cotton colorways, Vert.
Some of the other colorways I'm currently playing with are...
|Lazulite, a muted blue,|
|Orchidee, a dusty pink,|
|and Jonquille, a wonderful yellow.|
This week, I'm having fun experimenting with vintage crochet patterns using Parisian Cotton. If you'd like to try out some vintage crochet patterns, most of which are made with cotton thread like Parisian Cotton, here are some great links to get you started.