If you are like me, with the first yellow leaves you start to freak out: How will I keep myself warm during this winter? I start to browse catalogues of extra-warm boots, coats and… knitting patterns!
Knitting is a lot of fun especially during colder nights, not to mention that hand-made scarfs make great gifts – even if they look miserable, believe me. While doing my research this year for the easiest yet good-looking enough scarf patterns, I chanced upon a the sari silk yarns and instantly fell in love.
What makes sari silk yarns so great? Everything that would raise a green-hearthed person’s enthusiasm. They are recycled and ethical. A great combo isn’t it? There is a great amount of remnants while producing saris, which is then collected and hand-spun into vibrant yarn that can be used by us, hand-craft loving people. If this wasn’t good enough, the producers of this beautiful material are women of India and Tibet and the whole process is done by hand. Most importantly, it is a Fair Trade project, thus we can know that we do not support exploitation with our purchase. As a plus, for someone as poorly skilled in knitting as I am, this thread nicely covers the little mistakes you knit infot your workpiece, as it is somewhat “fluffy”. If you are looking for a flaw though, there is: it is silk. Good question, what is better, to recycle the leftover silk or produce yarn from other material instead, but it is for sure not cruelty-free.
Even if you do not like sari silk, with a little bit of search you can find other great options, and ethical and/or vegan yarns. This year, I would like to encourage all of you who love knitting, to put a bit of extra effort and money into your project, and find your eco-friendly way of practicing your hobby. Wish me luck to finish mine before the winter comes!
Her focus is on how personal decisions and behaviours can make a difference. Ildiko is constantly looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly life in our current consumerist society. She is a yoga fan, vegetarian, DIY enthusiast and the mother of a devil-puppy.
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