Galler Yarn’s Inca Eco Review

I’m delighted to be a part of the Inca Eco Blog Tour! If you haven’t heard, Inca Eco is a new 100% organic cotton yarn by Galler Yarns, and it’s fab! I’ll tell you all about it (the review portion of this post) and then give you other exciting blog-tour details.

The Yarn

Vital Stats:

  • 100% Organic Cotton, made in Peru
  • Worsted Weight (4.5-5 sts/inch, size 8 needle)
  • 140 yards/100 gram skein
  • Hand Wash
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Inca Eco is a worsted weight, 2 ply, 100% organic cotton yarn that’s dyed with eco-friendly and low-impact dyes. It comes in 15 colorways.

I’m incredibly passionate about earth-friendly yarns (in fact, my most recent book used only earth-friendly yarns… and if Inca Eco had been available, I would have used it!). In my opinion, cotton is the most important fiber to obtain organically, because conventionally-grown cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop grown on the planet. And those pesticides that are used in the growing process linger around into the finished product… ick!

So, I’m ecstatic to find new organic cottons on the market… and this one is lovely!

Some people cringe when they hear about knitting/crocheting with cotton. Chances are (if you’re cringing) you’re thinking of something like Lily’s Sugar and Cream… the stuff you use for making dishcloths. But just like there are scratchy wools and soft wools, there are not-so-nice cottons and amazingly soft cottons. And Inca Eco (and all of the other organic cottons I’ve used) are deliciously soft!

What sets this yarn apart from other organic cottons is the way it is spun and plied. It has a hand-spun look, with a thick-and-thin appearance. I was very pleased to work with this yarn- usually I’m annoyed when making a project with a thick-and-thin yarn because it gets TOO thick and TOO thin. But Inca Eco has it right- just enough texture for an interesting look, but not too much to disrupt your knitting flow.

As you can see, when this yarn is knit up, it finishes with a pleasing texture that makes the fabric look interesting. And, it doesn’t have the ‘holes’ that you can get when other thick-and-thins get too thin. Fun and beautiful!

Pattern Suggestions

Galler Yarns will be releasing two free patterns for Inca Eco on Fridays during the tour on their site. Hooray!

As I was knitting this swatch, some other patterns instantly jumped into my mind. I think this yarn would work fabulously with a number of patterns.

Basically, this yarn would work with almost any pattern that calls for a worsted weight cotton, but particularly patterns without lots of cables/lace (so you can see the interesting texture the yarn creates).

Blog Tour Schedule

You don’t have to take my word for it… Inca Eco is hittin’ the blog circuit! Check out the packed schedule and read the reviews!

Monday, March 19 – Day 1 – In the Loop in Norfolk, MA (shop website)
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 – Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 – FreshStitches (that’s me! today!)
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 – Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 – Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 – Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 – CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 – Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 – Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Wednesday, March 28 – Day 10 – Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown and La Plata, MD (shop website)
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 – Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 – KRW Knitwear Studio
Saturday, March 31 – Day 13 – with Sarah E. White
Sunday, April 1 – Day 14 – Underground Crafter
Monday, April 2 – Day 15 – Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, CA (shop website)

Follow along and feel the cotton love!

I hope you check out a few of the other blog stops (especially since it’s a collection of such awesome bloggers) and give this yarn a shot the next time you’re thinking ‘cotton’. It’s almost summer… so I know we’ll all have cotton on our minds!

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Mar 21, 2012 | Posted by in Materials Spotlight | 2 comments

Comments (2 Responses)

  1. It looks like a lovely yarn. Any idea how it holds up to wear? Is pilling an issue?

    • Stacey says:

      I haven’t had the yarn long enough to test it for wear/pilling, but in my experience, pilling isn’t as big of a problem with cottons as it is for a merino wool.

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