I'm eco-conscious, and I'll bet you are too. I recycle, reuse, and reduce wherever I can. But did you ever think about the environment in regards to your knitting?
The yarn you choose can make a difference ecologically, and I recently learned a lot about the fiber tencel from a segment on Knitting Daily TV. I thought tencel was a man-made fiber, which shows how much I know—not much!
Here's the segment, from Knitting Daily TV episode 1007:
||Maidenhair Lace Wrap
by Christine Nissley for Prism Yarn
Laura Bryant is such a wealth of knowledge about all things knitting. She's the owner and creative force of Prism Yarn—beautiful handpainted yarns. Laura is a frequent guest on Knitting Daily TV
, which is just one more reason to watch!
Tencel has a wonderful drape, which you can see from the Maidenhair Lace Wrap
at left. It's knit out of a lace-weight 100% tencel yarn, and it has a beautiful drape—wonderful for lace knitting
. It's a free pattern, too! I think it's stunning.
KDTV episode 1007 has lots more to offer. Clara Parkes and Eunny talk about recycled yarn. Really, knitters have been part of the recycling program for a long time.
Pre-World War II, people sold their old, too-much darned knitted sweaters and socks to mills that would break them down and re-spin the wool into yarn, or simply use the bits as stuffing for pillows, mattresses, or other furniture.
Now, recycled yarn is made from discarded clothing, leftover bits from fashion manufacturers, and other too-used fibers. Most recycled yarn is a blend of wool and cotton and other fibers. This blending compensates for possible weaknesses in some of the fibers included and it results in a strong fabric.
I love these insights into our craft, and Knitting Daily TV is such a wonderful resource. You can download episode 1007 (or any of the other episodes from series 1000!), and learn all so much!
These individual episode downloads are great ways to start watching now!
P.S. Have you knitted with tencel yarn? Leave a comment and tell us what you thought!