Lux is our line of fingering weight gradients (150g) on plant-based yarns. Lux XL is the extra long version (225g).
Big picture: All these yarns are very soft, all take dye brilliantly. Tencel®, and High Twist Tencel® dye up pretty much identically, the only difference is the twist. Bamboo Floss takes dye just as well, but has a softer diffused shine to it. Bamboo Floss is the softest, but takes a bit more care to avoid splitting stitches. Cotton dyes up slightly darker. I would recommend the cotton base to those who really love cotton and have a lot of experience using it.
There are several base yarns available:
1. Tencel® (regular =150g/693y, XL =225g/1040y): A new slightly lighter weight version of the original Lux Tencel® (now being discontinued). It is the same yarn structure- smooth soft 2-ply construction made with 100% A100 Lenzing Tencel® . Tencel® is the trade name for lyocell. Tencel® /lyocell is a type of rayon that is made from wood pulp cellulose. It is light, soft, and has a slight halo. Like all rayon yarns, it takes dye exceptionally well. It is not splitty. It is one of the most environmentally friendly yarns as the process uses waste wood and the chemicals used to make it are non-toxic. The process by which Tencel® /lyocell is made is a closed loop system which reuses dye baths and saves a lot of water. The original version of Lux was a bit heavier at 150g/585y. The remainder of this yarn is now referred to as “Heavy Tencel®”
2. High Twist Tencel® (regular =150g/693y, XL =225g/1040y): A very similar yarn to Tencel ®, only with a slightly tighter twist. It has less of a halo and slightly better stitch definition.
3. Bamboo Floss (regular =150g/693y, XL =225g/1040y): This is a 6-ply loosely spun yarn that is possibly the softest thing I have ever dyed. It feels like embroidery floss. It is shiny, although the multiple plies make the shine more diffused. Bamboo is a type of rayon yarn that is made from specifically from bamboo cellulose. It is also sometimes labeled “Rayon From Bamboo”. Bamboo Floss has incredible drape, much like Tencel®. The trade off for the softness of this loosely spun yarn is that it can be splitty. If you hate even slightly splitty yarn, this base is not for you. However, it is nowhere as splitty as a yarn of the “assembled gradient” genre of yarns that is made up of multiple plies that are tied together at intervals to produce a gradient effect. If you have used and enjoyed one of those gradients, Bamboo Floss will not be a problem for you.
4. Pure Cotton (regular =150g/693y, XL =225g/1040y): There aren’t a ton of people who request cotton, but the ones who do are *really into cotton*. This cotton is a really nice mercerized yarn with a slight sheet. It reminds me of sateen sheets. It is not like weaving cotton or dishtowel cotton. It takes dye slightly darker that the rest of the rayon based yarns. It is not quite as soft as the other base yarns, but has excellent stitch definition. I particularly like this for crochet.
Lux Lace is our laceweight line of plant based gradient yarns We have had a lot of requests for laceweight. It is available on a limited basis right now until we gauge what the demand is. If you color way is out of stock in Lux Lace, jump on the waiting list because we will probably make more as soon as we see how many people want it. It is available in 100g skeins only. However, end yardage is available.
There are several versions of laceweight available:
1. Lace Tencel® (100g/739y): A laceweight version of the Lux Tencel® .
2. Lace High Twist Tencel® (100g/739y): A very similar yarn to Tencel®, only with a tighter twist. It has less of a halo and slightly better stitch definition.
3. Lace Bamboo Shimmer (100g/739y): This is a 2-ply yarn that has a bit more body to it/is slightly fluffy. One ply is twisted tighter than the other and it gives it a slightly rippled effect which makes it shimmer in the sunlight.
4. Lace Pure Cotton (100g/793y): a laceweight version of Lux Pure Cotton.