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Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects [Kindle Edition]

Ann Budd

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Book Description

Detailing a wide range of perspectives and approaches to environmental issues, this unique crafting manual offers ideas for knitting conscientiously. Leading figures of the industry, from designers to yarn company executives, share their methods for integrating green principles into their work and lives - selecting organic products, facilitating an alternative to chemical detergent, recycling old projects, reducing disposable plastic bags, and creating pieces that provide warmth and save on energy. Inventive and timely, this practical guidebook explains answers to important questions such as What makes a yarn organic? and Are natural dyes safer than chemical dyes? Providing 20 clever designs for earth-friendly garments, accessories, gifts, and home furnishings, craft enthusiasts of all skill levels will enjoy projects that balance the altruism of saving the planet with the joyful benefits of their favorite hobby.

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This eco-friendly title boasts 20 contemporary projects that demonstrate how you can enjoy your favourite hobby while doing your bit for mother earth, too. The beautifully laid out book features an array of accessories, pretty gifts, quick knits, garments and, one of our favourites, a cosy blue afghan blanket - just perfect for snuggling under with the latest issue of CB on a lazy afternoon.-Crafts Beautiful What does it mean to be an environmentally conscious knitter? This book will help you find the answers. It doesn't preach, rather it provides you with the facts so you can make educated choices. From what makes a yarn organic to what sort of dyes to invest in, and how to recycle yarn yourself, there's a lot you can learn. And you'll discover that if we all work together, we can make a positive impact on the planet. Inside there are 20 contemporary patterns for you to enjoy, for clothes, furnishings, accessories and more. This book is a wonderful resource for knitters who care.-Knit Today Eco-friendly yarns have become more common in recent years. In 'Knitting Green' Ann Budd encourages eco-conscious readers to decide how far they want to 'go green' and not to feel guilty if they haven't pursued a completely organic or recycled lifestyle. That said, this book contains a lot of information on current knitting industry practices, such as commercial dyeing, so you can make an informed decision next time you're on the hunt for new stash. The projects, which range from classic wraps to an ingenious bike shopping bag, have all been thoughtfully designed, making this an essential guide to eco-knitting for anyone concerned about our planet's future.-Simply Knitting Harmonious, muted colours, lots of carefully-composed photographs and a pleasingly textured paper combine 22 patterns from well-known designers, with nine essays on issues such as the meaning of 'organic' in the context of yarn.-SlipKnot Harmonious, muted colours, lots of carefully composed photographs and a pleasingly textured paper combine 22 patterns from well-known designers with nine essays on issues such as the meaning of 'organic' in the context of yarn.-SlipKnot

About the Author

Ann Budd is the best-selling author of a dozen knitting books, including Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts and Simple Style. Formerly the senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine, she is now a book editor and knitwear designer. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 38587 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (15 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40QUA
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reading Green 15 Jan. 2011
By wallita - Published on Amazon.com
Oops -- Interweave missed the boat! Yes, the author gathered exceptional content. I really wanted the backpack pattern and found that there were other nice ones. And it's interesting to consider the global impact of our (fiber) purchases . . . but THE BOOK IS PRINTED IN CHINA! Did they think that there are not any quality publishing houses in America that can support American workers? They decided to ship their product clear around the world after having it printed by a company with a dismal human rights record. Sorry, it's getting returned.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Patterns ---Green or Not! 26 May 2010
By MBR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is chock full of wonderful patterns. Usually, I buy a book because I am desperate to make one pattern---not so with this book. I have already begun the chic commuter knapsack, and it is going smoothly. I also hope to make several more patterns. It is nice that the theme is "green", however, these patterns are appealing whether you use "green" yarns or not. I highly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Environmentally-conscious knitting 19 Jun. 2011
By D. Boyken - Published on Amazon.com
Being "green" and "organic" is very trendy these days, but the nice thing about this book from Ann Budd (other than being a book by Ann Budd) is that it's not about being trendy. It's about trying to be environmentally friendly. The book starts:

"To the casual observer, knitting looks to be an earth-friendly practice that hasn't changed much over the centuries. But our ancestors raised their own sheep, and spun the fiber into yarn, and grew flax and spun it into linen, all without the use of antibiotics or pesticides. They gathered, processed, and spun the fiber by hand, dyed it with whatever was available, and hoped that there would be enough for a garment. Then they knitted by firelight after working all day to put food on the table. ... But progress comes at a cost-the carbon footprint grows with every aspect of large-scale production. So, how do we enjoy our yarn choices while being mindful of our delicate planet?"

What follows is two-fold. First, there are the "conversations" mentioned in the title. Essays and thoughts about ways that knitting both is and is not organic, green, environmentally-friendly. The other half is the pattern collection. A series of knitting possibilities made not only out of environmentally green yarns, but to make your lifestyle more green. Are you chilly? Instead of turning up the thermostat, pull on the Tree-Hugger Pullover, or cuddle under the Blue Cloud Afghan. Keep your house cleaner by wearing Save-the-Streams Slippers instead of shoes. Carry your stuff in the On-the-Go Bike Basket-Purse or the Commuter Knapsack when you ride your bicycle instead of taking a car. Don't forget the knitted grocery bag, either.

All in all, this is a lovely book, a good reminder of how important it is to keep the earth's future in mind. Ann Budd is right--knitting seems like an environmentally friendly hobby, but being mindful of our impact, our carbon footprint, is more important than ever.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for one pattern, which I had found on Ravelry. I was disappointed in the rest of the patterns, however. Before you buy this book, go to Ravelry and look at samples from all the patterns. If you like them, buy the book. If not, skip it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Patterns 12 Feb. 2014
By MarleneO - Published on Amazon.com
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This pattern collection is wonderful. I like to buy a pattern book with at least two projects I would knit. This book has at least five. Silly as this may sound, the colors used in the photos are very pleasing to the eye.
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