In Knitting Daily episode 409, designer Mags Kandis, a contributor to the Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects by Ann Budd (Interweave, April 22, 2010) demonstrates a truly unique scarf, knit from recycled strips of silk – an eco-friendly and inexpensive project that uses up old clothing. This scarf was made from a smoky blue silk shirt encircled with tiny knife-edge pleats, a skirt Mags had purchased on her first trip to Paris. After wearing the skirt for many years, Mags decided to give it new life and knitted it into a scarf that will always remind her of her trip to Paris.
This free scarf pattern is an exclusive excerpt from Knitting Green, and includes Mags's instructions on how to "make yarn" from your favorite old clothing. This technique works great with jeans, silk, linen, cotton T-shirts and more.
About the book:
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 (Knitter's 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) and 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.