Texture – 2016 Knit Eco Chic Design Preview

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Welcome to 2016! I’m excited to get this year kicked off with your Knit Eco Chic eco knitting preview, brought to you by TEXTURE. With a heavy focus on cowls and garments, the concept that ties all 2016 releases together is 2016’s keyword: TEXTURE. Join Puddles and I on Ravelry to stay up to date with the latest sneak peaks, pattern releases, test knitting, knit-a-longs, socializing, and promotions and see how texture is knit into each and every design. Knitting needles at the ready? The first release comes out next month! Check out the Pinterest 2016 Preview Board for the first sneak peak or join the test knit on the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry!

Introducing the Hand

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Perhaps you’ve notice a slight alteration to the Knit Eco Chic logo on some sites. After much thought and analysis of the fibers I use and my philosophical principles of eco fibers, I’m proud to introduce “The Hand” to the Knit Eco Chic logo. The hand represents the eco issues of socially responsible yarn as well as hand dyed yarn. I’ve been drawn to the positive eco issues of socially responsible yarn since inception, such as those seen in Americo Originals, Mirasol, and Blue Sky Alpacas. By looking over my pattern catalogue and recent releases, I realized that hand dyed yarn is of growing importance to me. Beautifully hand dyed yarns like that from The Unique Sheep and Three Irish …

U-turns and Roundabouts

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…the Road to the Design of Essential Tank, erg, I mean Everyday Tank, erg, actually this is it – Sarsaparilla Tank. 2013-2014: I fell in love with Quince n Co’s Sparrow at Warm ‘n Fuzzy. It was my first experience with organic linen and I was eager to dive in. Who’d of thought there was an organic yarn that wasn’t cotton that I wasn’t allergic to! After swatching, I began to design a tank for summer featuring sassafras and Japanese feather lace patterns. However, I quickly discovered the pattern would be too complex for grading, so decided instead on a St st top down tank with the sassafras lace inlaid on the front. This was perfect as I was looking …

Indie Design GAL – Eco Pattern Highlights

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Eco crafters, welcome to the Indie Design Gift-a-long on Ravelry! With over 11,000 eligible patterns, I thought I’d highlight a sampling of some of the many eco patterns in today’s blog post. For Her:Tangent, a quirky tank, by Melissa Lemmon (knitterleigh) knit in (my favorite) Blue Sky Alpaca’s Skinny Cotton – 100% organic cotton sport weight yarn & accented with Be Sweet Bamboo – 100% bamboo yarn. Yeats, a quick shawlette, by Corrina Ferguson (picnicknits) knit in Our Humble Castle Soy Beautiful – 100% soy light fingering yarn. For Kids:Ryker, a textured vest for play or church, by Katya Frankel (bingeknitter) knit in Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted – 100% organic cotton yarn. Evie, a cute overtop, by Justine …

Dye to Perfection

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Last Fiber Focus I introduced organic cotton yarn, history, and manufacturing. But before I get into the particulars of knitting with organic cotton, one more important aspect needs examination: the dying process. Since I’m a dyeing novice, I decided to go to the experts. Heidi Braacx from Vegan Yarns and Quo Vadis Handspun graciously agreed share some dyeing knowledge with us. Part 1: Dying Organic CottonQ1: Are there any differences in dyeing regular cotton verses organic cotton fibers? If so, what are they? What specifics would a seasoned, but new to organic cotton dyer need to know?There’s not too much of a difference except that typically conventional cotton has been scoured more heavily, so, that means conventional cotton is usually …

Fiber Focus: Organic Cotton

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From the earliest times to present day, organic cotton reigned as the work horse of the plant fiber yarns. Using cotton for fabric dates as far back as the Mesolithic period (the Middle Stone Age). The earliest surviving example of cotton bolls and cloth were found in caves in Mexico and dated by scientists to be at least 7,000 years.[i] Since modern industrial technology hadn’t yet mucked around with cotton, you can be assured, it was organic they were using! Okay, so it’s been around FOREVER, but what is it?Organic cotton is the same plant as non-organic cotton. (Well, the same if the non-organic isn’t from a genetically modified seed!) Part of the Gossypium genus, this cellulose fiber grows in …