Eco Fashion: Do it Yourself – Yarn

March 16th, 2009

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Previous post in this series: Eco Fashion: What is it? and Eco Fashion: Do it Yourself – Organic fabric

Knitting is a fun pastime for me that doesn’t take up much time.  Its great while waiting in line, riding public transportation or just sitting in a park. Its portable, quiet, doesn’t require machines, and if you mess up, you can always unravel the yarn and start over!

For me, the most simple item of clothing to make is a scarf.  Check out my previous post on holiday gift ideas for instructions on how to knit.

Eco Friendly Yarn Resources

Ecobutterfly Organics carries organic and fair trade cotton yarn in in a variety of colors and sizes. They also have fun notions such as recycled glass beads and purse handles made from recycled wood.

O~Wool “The Vermont Organic Fiber Company is the leading wholesale supplier of yarns and fabrics made with certified organic wool.”  Sustainable agricultural processing  in the creation of organic wool both for hand knitting and commercial use is this company’s speciality.  Though they do not offer their products online, they have a link where you can find retail stores that does.

Eco-Cotton Blend by RedHeart Redheart yarn has a new blend of recycled cotton yarn made from T-shirt remnants.

Second Time Cotton by Knit One, Crochet Too Second Time Cotton yarn is made from a blend of cotton and acrylic fabric scraps from the garment industry.

Tierra Wools located in a small village in New Mexico, is a  spinning and hand dying and hand weaving workshop and retail store.

Ceallach Dyes This eco-friendly yarn manufacturer uses solar power to heat set the dyes used to color the yarn.

The Yarn Tree offers organic merlino wool yarn.

Lion Brand Yarn is great for your basic organic cotton yarn.  The yarn is not dyed so its available in four naturally occurring shades.

Blonde Chicken Boutique Tara, owner of Blonde Chicken Boutique hand dyes and spins local wool to make yarn in the coolest shades.  Check out her Etsy shop!

Happy knitting!

10 Responses to “Eco Fashion: Do it Yourself – Yarn”

  1. Tara says:

    Great information!
    I also handcraft eco-friendly yarns! Everything I make is local, recycled or organic (with a focus on local wool).

  2. LisaNewton says:

    Great stuff here. I used to do a lot of knitting, but now, my daugher has taken it to the next level. She has a spinning wheel where she spins, makes her own yarn, and crochets it.

    Personally, I don’t know how she got started crocheting because I’m a knitter, but hey, different strokes for different folks………………..:)

  3. Wilson Pon says:

    My girl friend love to yarn and this article is going to fascinate her for sure, Carla! :)

  4. It’s just so wonderful that places are concerned with being green and I think it’s catching on more and more, as it should.

    I do not knit but my cousin in Canada published a knitting book. I’ll send her this post link!!

  5. Christopher says:

    Great resource! My wife is going to love this.

  6. Elijah says:

    I’m with Chris – My wifey is going to love this as well!

    And it’s great because she just starting knitting a couple months ago, and is really into the whole thing!

    Great post.

  7. Carla Rose says:

    @Elijah – I’m glad your wife is enjoying her new hobby!

    @Christopher – I cant wait to find out what she thinks.

    @Jannie – Send me the link to her book. :)

    @Wilson – Glad to know that!

    @LisaNewton – My mother was a crocheter and I took up knitting as an adult (though I learned to crochet as a child).

    @Tara – Thanks for letting me know about your site. I will add it to this post a little later.

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