Eco-Fusion vs Eco-Lush Yarn

| Original: October 12, 2019

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So about a month ago, I got some happy mail from Good Loops Yarn.

Good Loops Yarn is a distributor of Nurturing Fibres Yarn in the US. If you've never heard of Nurturing Fibres, you're not alone.

Nurturing Fibres is a yarn brand from South Africa, and because the founders of Good Loops Yarn love them so much, they've made them much more accessible for those of us who live in North America!

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn

Nurturing Fibres has yarn made from the usual materials like cotton and merino wool. But what really caught my attention was that they have a yarn with bamboo blends as well!

I've heard many things about using bamboo yarns, but have yet to try it out myself. According to my research, bamboo materials inhibit bacterial growth, making them anti-bacterial.

It is also hypoallergenic, which makes it a great alternative for those who love working with natural fibers but are allergic to wool.

Nurturing Fibres has two different blends that contain bamboo and cotton (Eco-Fusion and Eco-Lush) and then yarn with just 100% Bamboo (Eco-Bamboo).

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Fusion in the colors Vanilla, Orchid, and Sandstone

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Lush in Seashell and Pickled Ginger

For first-timers like me, you might get Eco-Fusion and Eco-Lush confused, because that's what happened to me. So here's a little table to compare the two.

Eco-Fusion Eco-Lush
Yarn Length
125 m
200 m

Of all things, just remember that one of them is a sock-weight yarn whereas the other one is a DK weight. The 10% in the blend of cotton/bamboo might not make that much difference at the end of the day.

When I first received it, the cakes look really similar in size and I could barely tell the difference between the weight of the two different yarns. However, after working with them for a while and making different swatches, there is definitely a difference between their DK and sock-weight yarns.

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Fusion vs Eco-Lush (DK vs sock weight)

I was told that projects made from 100% bamboo yarn can get quite heavy and stretch so it's better to use a bamboo/cotton blend if you are planning on making wearables such as sweaters.

Also, bamboo yarn that doesn't contain any cotton blend can be kind of slippery as well, so it doesn't help with the stretching when the stitches move/slip around. However, also because of this quality, projects made with bamboo yarn tend to have a beautiful drape to them.

Yarn with bamboo also tends to have more shine to it. It might be hard to tell from the photos, but when looking at the Eco-Cotton and the Eco-Bamboo, Eco-Bamboo definitely has a nice sheen to it.

Eco-Cotton and Eco-Bamboo from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Cotton in Raindrops and Eco-Bamboo in Emily

The Eco-Bamboo yarn cake was the smallest of all of them, but it also weighs 50g and also contains 125m like Eco-Fusion (DK weight) does.

When looking at the thickness of the yarn, it's not quite sock weight, but also not quite DK.

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Lush vs Eco-Bamboo (Sock vs DK weight)

Bamboo and Cotton Blend Yarns from Good Loops Yarn
Eco-Fusion vs Eco-Cotton (both DK weight) 

This yarn is so beautiful and soft. Also, have I mentioned that it also smells like a dream? This yarn makes for perfect sweaters and garments as it's very breathable and feels so natural against the skin.

What are your thoughts? Do you wanna give this yarn a try? Visit Good Loops Yarn to purchase your selection of Nurturing Fibres yarn.

Special thanks to Stephanie of Good Loops Yarn for sending all these lovely Nurturing Fibres yarn for me to try out! Make sure to keep in touch as I will be coming up with a pattern soon using some of these beautiful fibers!

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