One of the new yarns I have ordered for Fall is Woodland from Classic Elite. Part of their Verde Collection of eco conscious yarns, Woodland is a combination of wool and environmentally-friendly nettles. Each of these fibers takes the dye differently, giving both the neutral and vibrant colors of Woodland a heathered look.
Nettles are a fiber that was used in pre-stone age times to weave cloth. They are a perennial that require low levels of water and little or no pesticides. Nettle fibers are similar to linen and hemp but produce a softer, silkier fiber. Nettle fiber is naturally resistant to stains, bacteria, mildew, light and insects. Nettles show color well and, when mixed with wool, add lightness, minimize shrinkage and are breathable.