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Knitting Green Paperback – May 1, 2010
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About the Author
Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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Top Customer Reviews
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book full of great patterns and inspiration for using naturally sourced yarns. I know one project that I want to begin right away.Published on November 21, 2013 by Nancy
This is awesome! Love it...love it...love it! Highly recommend for all knitters! There is a project for anyone that is looking for something cool to knit!Published on July 2, 2013 by Tami L.
I purchased this book for my sock library, but it offers many more garment choices. Good resource for your library.Published on May 18, 2013 by copequilts
this book is very disappointing. the two best patterns are shown on the look inside part and the front cover - those being the cap and the burgundy tunic vest. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by knittingon
I love so many of the projects, can't wait to start knitting. The background info about all the natural materials is also very interesting and informative.Published on November 6, 2011 by Nananini