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Knit Green: 20 Projects And Ideas For Sustainability

Updated on November 29, 2012

My Review

The introduction poses some interesting questions. "What if those purchases were all spent thoughtfully, on yarn that supported your underlying values?"

This book is a combination of essays to introduce "you to issues that relate to the environment, sustainability and concerns that are often linked to these topics." The designs have connections to preceding essay. The tone is not preachy. The overall message is that every little bit helps, so you should do what fits with your values the most. The essays are a presentation of thought into where we get our materials and what is the cost (actual and environmental) to our decisions. The titles of the chapters below summarize the topics of the essays very well.

There are many things I never really thought about. What fibers require pesticides?

There are fun suggestions. Stash parties (swap yarns you don't want anymore with your friends). Knitting with strips of fabric from an old sheet (the bowl on the cover).

Now local yarns are something that I love. I love using something when I know the story behind it. The problem for me is that without a mode of transportation, it is not exactly easy for me to go and explore for local farms, because that is how I thought I would need to do it. I do tend to buy online, rather than going to the local yarn store. I never really thought about looking there for local yarns. (Yes, it should have been obvious, but I just wasn't thinking about it.)

The patterns in this book and are fun to see after a specific chapter. I am not going to lift the patterns here, because I would instead recommend that you pick this book up to flip through it. Even if you don't want to knit anything it will get you thinking about your practices.

Knit Green: 20 Projects And Ideas For Sustainability

I love using something when I know the story behind it

Sustainable Fibers - Knitting in Bamboo

"Bamboo has many advantages over cotton as a raw material for textiles... They are the fastest growing woody plants in the world... The high growth rate of bamboo and the fact that bamboo can grow in such diverse climates makes the bamboo plant a sustainable and versatile resource." Excerpts from the Bamboo Textiles Wikipedia article.

Knitters have been using bamboo knitting needles for a while now.

Bamboo yarn has been increasing in popularity over recent years, and not just because it is a "green" product. Bamboo yarn is quite pleasant to work with, and is a suitable alternative to cotton for people with allergies to wool.

What will you do with this book?

What did you think?

The best line ever:

What if those purchases were all spent thoughtfully, on yarn that supported your underlying values?

Recycled Silk Yarn - Recycling scrap fibers to create yarn

I love novelty yarns, they produce beautiful projects with unique features. Yarn created from recycled silk threads contains the characters that I love about hand dyed yarn. Recycled silk yarn is spun from silk remnant scraps from weaving mills in India and Nepal. No two skeins are alike, so even if you make the same item it will have a character all of its own.

Check out for beautiful images and information about where this yarn comes from.

What are your green knitting ideas?

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    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      What a neat topic- here's a Cupid Kiss, Happy Valentine's Day!

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great book review and ideas :) Squidangel blessed :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Such great ideas, I love the book review here. Great lens!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Cool lens. Saw you in the forum! I wish I knew how to knit. I can't hold the needles right!

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      trotter2099 lm 7 years ago

      Seems like a good book, green knitting. Sustainable knitting seems like an interesting idea, it would be really bad if we ran out of sheep. lol.

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      MikeEssex 7 years ago

      Looks good, although with my cats around Yarn is a bit of a rarity as they steal it all.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I'm not a knitter, but the idea is great and the lens is lovely.