Although I try to be environmentally aware in many aspects of my life, my crafting is an area I’ve often overlooked – not anymore though. I really want to ‘green up’ my crafting and thought I’d start with crochet. I must confess, I’m a bit of a fiend for buying cheap yarn without really thinking about where its come from or how it’s been made. Similarly, I’ve often bought imported yarns because they’ve been the ones specified in a pattern. I wouldn’t buy food or clothes this way so why should yarn be any different? I’ve decided to try and buy ‘greener’ yarns from now on this is how I plan to do it:
Think about the carbon footprint of the yarn and, where possible, buy British! It’s not only greener, it’s also supporting a traditional british industry. Handily, I’ve just discovered Garthenor Organic Pure Wool, a wonderful company which specialises in Soil Association certified organic wools and wool and fleece from rare breeds. I had my first batch of wool from them a couple of days ago – some Organic Jacob Wool – and was delighted with it. I’ll be posting pics of my finished items very soon.
Look for organic alternatives and use undyed wools or wools that have been dyed with natural materials.
Make my own (when my spinning improves!) and eventually keep a flock of sheep for their wool. That way I’ll know exactly where the wool comes from!
Stashbusting! It’s not only a case of sourcing greener wool, I think it’s also important to use the wool well – using every last inch and limiting waste. My final aim, therefore, is to get creative with my leftovers – I don’t just mean the odd couple of balls – but also the tiny scraps that are so often leftover and then discarded. Thankfully, I’m something of a hoarder so I already have a big bag of scraps to play with and will let you know what I come up with! With this in mind, I’ve added a new category to my blog – stashbusting – and plan to fill it with plenty of tips for using up scraps and patterns that use only small amounts of yarn – so if anyone has any advice or recommendations of their own, please feel free to share! 🙂