Truth: Warm mittens, heat preserving gloves and wooly hats are fun to buy. But, these wintery items are knitable, too. Now, you (like me) may be a bit skeptical about knitting your own winter wear, but worry not; learning how to knit is not as difficult as you think. Sure, it may be hard to grasp at first, but what isn’t? Get inspired, buy some vibrant eco-friendly yarn, and join a local knitting circle — start practicing sustainable knitting know!
Many online yarn stores carry different organic yarns, organic cotton yarn, organic fabrics and organic dyes. Here are a few places to start your search:
FabulousYarn‘s Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton and Organic Fiber Yarn
Knit Picks‘ organic cotton yarn
How to Knit with a Conscience
You’re creating your own concoctions and not buying new, but there are still a few things you can do to make knitting even greener:
Reuse yarn from other projects (think an old afghan).
Use eco-friendly knitting needles made from bamboo and recycle yarn scraps.
Go to a thrift store to find old knitted garments to upcycle. Thrifting is fun — and cheap.
Local Knitting Circles
Yes, you can teach yourself how to knit, but really, where’s the fun in that? Website meet-up services, such as Stitch ‘n Bitch, help knitters (and crocheters) find local knitting groups. The meetings are open to the public and free!
How Else Can I Learn?