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3 Eco-Friendly Knitting and Crocheting Tips

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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Learn how you can use organic yarns, bamboo needles and more to knit or crochet beautiful creations!Looking to learn a new skill? Knitting and crocheting are both versatile skills you can apply to make beautiful blankets, sweaters, scarfs, gloves, and much more! Not only will you be able to hand make unique clothing and accessories for yourself, but you’ll be able to delight your family and friends when you make them a gift! Looking to practice a new skill without leaving too large of a carbon footprint? Check out some of our tips:

Ways to Keep Your Knitting & Crocheting Green

Choose Eco-Friendly Yarns

Traditional yarns are made with synthetic materials like acrylic. The chemicals processing of these yarns take their toll on the environment. Luckily, there are  plenty of eco-friendly options available. You can purchase yarns made with organic cotton, organic wool, organic hemp, or bamboo. Yarns made from recycled silk and other materials are also available.

When purchasing yarn made from organic materials, make sure they are dyed in an eco-friendly manner as well. Companies can use all natural ingredients to create beautiful, long lasting dyes without the need to use any artificial chemicals or ingredients.

Reclaimed Yarn

This method is a little extreme, but it’s a great way to do your part for the environment. It’s also a great way to save a few dollars! Reclaimed yarn is similar to repurposing fabric. It involves, for example, unraveling an old sweater or scarf, washing the yarn, and using it for a new project. The Craft Stylish blog has a great tutorial on how to successfully take apart a sweater to create reclaimed yarn! You can use old scarfs or sweaters you find in your home closets, or you can travel to your local thrift store to see what’s around. You might find a sweater made with merino wool or heavyweight yarn at a very low price!

Keep Your Tools in Mind

Instead of buying needles made from plastic or other synthetic materials, consider bamboo. Bamboo has been popping up in everything from hard flooring, to cookware, to bed sheets and towels! It’s sturdy, easy to grow, and there is lots of it! Next time you’re at the craft store, look into some bamboo knitting needles or crochet hooks. Tools made with recycled materials are also a great alternative to some traditional items.

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.