Friday, April 22, 2011

An Earth Day recycling opportunity

Earth Day reminds us to reuse, re-purpose and recycle. But, it doesn't have to be all about washing out aluminum cans and milk jugs, bundling newspapers or going through closets to discard clothes that no longer fit or are not fashionable. I picked up this hank of a yarn made from recycled blue jeans this past weekend at Stitches South. It's called Riveting, by Kollage Yarns.
There are 9 different Riveting colors (no pun intended), but in the vendor mall, this one (Dusk Denim) seemed closest to the color of my comfortable faded favorites. The gauge is 26 sts/32 rows = 4" on a US #4 at 350 yards per hank. The fiber content 95% cotton and 5% other, and is 100% recycled yarn with 80% post consumer. I'll have to find just the right project for this earth friendly yarn. What do you think—a cowl, skinny scarf, something in lace, a pattern stitch? Kollage offers these pattern suggestions. [a new window may open behind this window, or here is the link:]

Another yarn made from recycled knit fabrics left over from Europe's ready-to-wear industry is Remix by Berroco. Gaia, a short sleeve cardi designed by Kristen TenDyke, is a Free Pattern that showcases this yarn.

So, green up your knitting, support the repurposing efforts of the fiber industry and create something comfortable and environmentally-friendly... in blue, green, natural or whatever color makes you feel good!
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