ANOTHER “HAPPY NEW YEAR” OF KNITTING TO US ALL!!!

(as if we need any more encouragement)

I know, let’s make a new year’s resolution…knit more!

Book of the Month

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 (Knitters Review), offer their perspectives on integrating green principles with their work and lives.

In addition to the articles and personal essays, Knitting Green includes 20 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.

Knitting Green: BOOK OF THE MONTH

Churchmouse Patterns- $5.25

CCYarn is now carrying those great patterns from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island. Ideas for your Christmas gift giving!

Churchmouse Pattern: fingerless glovesChurchmouse Pattern: ruffle scarf
Welted Fingerless Gloves are knit in a DK yarn.

Barb’s Koigu Ruffle is knit in a fingering weight – Rain City Sock would be perfect!



Churchmouse Pattern: faded rainbow scarfChurchmouse Pattern: men's beanie and scarf

Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf calls for fingering weight.

Pressed Rib Cap & Muffler are knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca.