Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects

Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects

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By (author) Ann Budd

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  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 226mm x 10mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Loveland, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1596681667
  • ISBN 13: 9781596681668
  • Illustrations note: 95 illustrations, colour
  • Sales rank: 169,892

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Most of us, knitters included, want to do our part for the planet, but it can be hard to know what that means. What makes a yarn organic? Are natural dyes safer than chemical dyes? From selecting organic yarns to reusing yarns to knitting warm projects (and turning the heat down), there are a variety of ways to knit green. Leading knitting industry figures, including designers French Girl Kristeen Griffin-Grimes and Kristin Nicholas, yarn company creative director Pam Allen, and writer/editors Amy R. Singer (Knitty) and Clara Parkes (Knitter's Review), offer their perspectives on integrating green principles with their work and lives. In addition to the articles and personal essays, Knitting Green includes 22 contemporary projects from top designers for garments, accessories, gifts, and home furnishings, all designed to use earth-friendly yarns or to serve an earth-friendly purpose. In addition to Ann Budd, designers include Pam Allen, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Vicki Square, and more. The collection has a wearable but fashionable feel (similar to Interweave's Style series) projects are current without being trendy. These appealing, innovative designs give knitters a sense that they are helping the planet while making beautiful and useful knits. Each designer interprets the challenge of "knitting green" in her own way: reducing disposable plastic bags, facilitating an alternative to chemical detergent, using fiber that would otherwise go to waste, and keeping wearers warm or cool without using energy.

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Ann Budd is the best-selling author of a dozen knitting books, most recently Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts and Simple Style. Formerly the senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine, she is now a book editor and knitwear designer. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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This eco-friendly title boasts 20 contemporary projects that demonstrate how you can enjoy your favourite hobby while doing your bit for mother earth, too. The beautifully laid out book features an array of accessories, pretty gifts, quick knits, garments and, one of our favourites, a cosy blue afghan blanket - just perfect for snuggling under with the latest issue of CB on a lazy afternoon.-Crafts Beautiful What does it mean to be an environmentally conscious knitter? This book will help you find the answers. It doesn't preach, rather it provides you with the facts so you can make educated choices. From what makes a yarn organic to what sort of dyes to invest in, and how to recycle yarn yourself, there's a lot you can learn. And you'll discover that if we all work together, we can make a positive impact on the planet. Inside there are 20 contemporary patterns for you to enjoy, for clothes, furnishings, accessories and more. This book is a wonderful resource for knitters who care.-Knit Today Eco-friendly yarns have become more common in recent years. In 'Knitting Green' Ann Budd encourages eco-conscious readers to decide how far they want to 'go green' and not to feel guilty if they haven't pursued a completely organic or recycled lifestyle. That said, this book contains a lot of information on current knitting industry practices, such as commercial dyeing, so you can make an informed decision next time you're on the hunt for new stash. The projects, which range from classic wraps to an ingenious bike shopping bag, have all been thoughtfully designed, making this an essential guide to eco-knitting for anyone concerned about our planet's future.-Simply Knitting Harmonious, muted colours, lots of carefully-composed photographs and a pleasingly textured paper combine 22 patterns from well-known designers, with nine essays on issues such as the meaning of 'organic' in the context of yarn.-SlipKnot Harmonious, muted colours, lots of carefully composed photographs and a pleasingly textured paper combine 22 patterns from well-known designers with nine essays on issues such as the meaning of 'organic' in the context of yarn.-SlipKnot