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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470426799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470426791
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

Let Your Knitting Go Green

Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.

Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you "green-up" your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You'll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you'll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don't sacrifice style for sustainability.

  • 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
  • Full exploration of green knitting product options
  • From the author of Fiber Gathering

From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!

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Basic Bermuda Bag

Hemp Placemats

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...a thoughtful, intelligent work that discusses how everyday crafters can make environmentally responsible choices while creating works of art. The projects, which include items made from sustainable or recycled fibers, are fun and varied. --Library Journal

* [STARRED REVIEW] ""There are books that are carefully orchestrated to hop on the ""green crafts"" bandwagon, and there are books like this one: a thoughtful, intelligent work that discusses how everyday crafters can make environmentally responsible choices. The projects are fun and varied."" (Library Journal, December 2009)

More About the Author

Joanne Seiff lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She's a freelance writer, knitwear designer, educator, and fiber artist. Her writing and designs have appeared in a variety of newsstand magazines, including Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Spin-Off. She's written two books and contributed to several other fiber arts related anthologies, including the Lion Brand book Just Gifts and the KnitLit books.

Her handspinning and knitting have won awards at the North Carolina and Tennessee State Fairs and in two separate US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibitions. Her handspun yarn and knitted fiber art is exhibited and sold at galleries across the United States.

When she's not knitting, spinning or writing, she's outside walking Harry and Sally (her bird dogs) and spending time with her husband, an absentminded biology professor who studies butterfly genetics.

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The writing is clear but engaging.
egk
With the information and thoughtful approach found in this book, I have been able to make wiser choices when buying wool and other fibers for my knitting projects.
A. Brouha
As long as I learn something and am entertained or inspired, I'm happy with my purchase.
Donna

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Donna on November 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I get a lot of knitting books. When I first started buying them, I told myself that I had to knit at least two projects out of a book before I could buy another. As you can imagine, that goal fell quickly to the wayside. Today I don't normally buy books (only) because I like the projects in them, but because I like the stories and information they provide. I don't have any rule about making even one project from each book. As long as I learn something and am entertained or inspired, I'm happy with my purchase.

A while back I tech edited the patterns in Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 20 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals by Joanne Seiff. While Joanne was working on this book, we met up at several nearby fiber festivals and we've since become friends. This first book of Joanne's included projects by many different designers, which were wonderful, but I was happy to hear that for her second book, Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability, Joanne was designing all of the projects herself. She has a simple and classic design sensibility, and her projects are fun as well as useful. The garments and accessories are classic designs that you will be able to wear for a long time, and the home dec items and other odds-and-ends will make great gifts for yourself and for others.

I've got to say that this is one of my favorite knitting books, and not because the author is my friend! This is exactly the type of knitting book that I love.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Brouha on November 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Among the many good things this book offers is an understanding of how the various fibers are processed, from bamboo and tencel to wool to recycled fabrics from the back of the closet. With the information and thoughtful approach found in this book, I have been able to make wiser choices when buying wool and other fibers for my knitting projects. I also have a deeper appreciation for the wonders of wool!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By egk on March 16, 2010
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I can't lavish enough praise on Knit Green. It is the single most intelligent piece of writing that I have seen on knitting and sustainability. The author takes her reader on an exploration of environmental and social responsibility in all its nuanced dimensions -- agricultural sustainability, biodiversity, veganism, fair trade, buying local, etc. -- and writes thoughtfully about the trade-offs between these values.

There are a few things that put this book in a class above everything else I've read about eco-friendly knitting. First, it's exceedingly well researched. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable about these issues already, but I learned a ton from this book.

Second, it communicates the salience and complexity of these issues without veering into self-righteousness. She makes you feel inspired and empowered, not guilty or frustrated by unattainable purity.

Finally, it's just an all-around well-constructed book that in every way hits the sweet spot of being sophisticated but accessible. The writing is clear but engaging. The patterns are simple but with clever twists. The photographs are artsy and interesting but still show off the knitting perfectly. All in all, highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Kolodzieski on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have several projects going from this book, great ideas and good info. I had trouble finding big enough needles for the basket project... sheet from the thrift store, $1, needles to make the project, $40 (scoured the internet). However, I feel that I could make several gifts out of this and in the end, it will be worth it. I also made the butterfly table runner and will soon begin another project. I love using recycled yarns (even though they cost just as much, if not more, than non-recycled). I actually found this book at the library, but will probably order my own copy. I always enjoy new knitting projects and this book has some good ones along with great information about sustainable knitting. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amy on October 24, 2011
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I saw this book the first time at my local library, I was so impressed with the quality of the book that I purchased it for a friend that knits. It had creative and fun projects that were practical for every day use. I don't knit but she loved the book. Books make an awesome gift!
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