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Greener Crafting

December 3, 2008

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! 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2008 1:39 am

    Looking forward to the ‘stashbusting’!!
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    Love following your blog!!
    Jane xxx

  2. December 7, 2008 3:36 pm

    I have to admit to never having given a thought to the source of my yarn … your post has made me think twice. Great looking organic yarn (I’ve had a peek at their website and am tempted).
    However, the majority of my stash has been aquired from car-boot sales or eBay ‘job lots’ and I try to avoid buying for a particular project in favour of using what I have (albeit with some less than successful results!). So to some extent I am crocheting sustainably by using anothers surplus for my purpose (ooo that sounds like a naff slogan – sorry).

  3. December 7, 2008 4:47 pm

    this wool is just the sort of wool I love, the colours are beautiful. I find Jacobs fleece makes me itch though… or do I need a wash?… hmmmm

    This is such an excellent idea!


  4. December 7, 2008 5:24 pm

    Louise – that has a nice ring to it – I should copyright it quick! I’ve just ordered some more yarn from them (some more Jacob and some Manx Loghtan) – I can see myself spending a fortune there!

    Hen – I was pleasantly surprised at how non-itchy this wool is. Normally I find wool too itchy to wear next to my skin but I’m fine with this. The place I got it from sells fleece too so I’ll get some of that to spin with, once I can spin something that resembles yarn and not one big mess!

  5. December 8, 2008 11:03 am

    ah… looks like I need a bath then…


  6. February 13, 2009 9:29 pm

    Garthenor are good eggs! I use their wools for my products and I’m sure the good folk of Garthenor would like to see photos of the amazing stuff that people make from their wools. In addition to the wool being organic and from rare breeds, it’s also a wholly British product. Wool is our grass root product!!! Happy crafting.

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