What an interesting study in contrast! I swatched out two cotton / linen blends back to back for the next yarn reviews and they couldn’t be more different. It was amazing to see how twist, pile, and how the two fibers were combined changed the effects and feel of the yarn. Up first, Cestari Sheep’s Monticello!
Please join me in welcoming back Heidi from Vegan Yarn 😊. We first met Heidi in 2014 on the blog Dye to Perfection. Since then her indie small business has grown like the weeds she uses for dyeing! With our Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL, I thought this the perfect time to check back in with her to discover how her adventures the past few years have molded the growth of Vegan Yarn. Q1. On your FAQ page on why vegan you state: “To be really simple, we prefer to allow animals to live their lives free of the intentional or unintentional violence of a human-made industry. Like the saying goes, ‘live simply, so others may simply live.’ Please keep …
Joining rank with Sprout and Seedling, Classic Elite Yarns introduced Mika in January 2017. This sport weight sister to Sprout and Seedling embodies the same lofty nubby texture. Unfortunately, this review changed from I love it and am planning many a summer tank with Mika, to farewell Classic Elite Yarns ☹.
From continuing education to exploration and innovation, finding the most efficient and effective uses of natural resources is a great way to stay eco!! Not to mention, learning keeps you young… and apparently it also helps stave off Alzheimers 😉. As we enter into this stage of learning, I’ve got lots of yarn reviews lined up with fun pattern releases and a forayer into the grading class I took. First up, though, let’s look at back at the eco elements involved in last week’s Boscage release.
The drape of this cotton grows more airy with each needle size. Ideal for summer knitting, especially items that are intended to hang loosely from the body. Knitting a variety of knit and purl combinations in the swatches, when it came time to designing I jumped in with lace, cables, and a fun self-edging… the yarn held up to it all!
Hands down… and paws too, for that matter, the best activity was picking wild raspberries in torrential downpours!
Float down Tranquil River with ease of stitches knit into a light and airy summer shawl. Sun streams through the opaque illusion revealing the inspiration of melting ice cap rivers. Enhance an evening out in Tranquil River with extra color, sparkle, and glam by including optional beads on the fringe.
Looking to the future of creatives for our eco elements “Future” blog interview, I happened upon an interesting book of fairy tales, Midnight Comes. Primed to jet off to uni, the daughter of one of my favorite indie designers, Talitha Kuomi, took a few moments to sit down with Puddles and I (virtually speaking) to tell us about her craft. I’m thrilled to introduce you to the budding poet author, Sierra.
Two underlying philosophies of eco principles are preserving and nurturing natural resources for future generations. To that end we turn our attention to these two principles in our next mini-series.
Wrapping up our look at Fair Trade is Fair Price, aka Radical Transparency.