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Knitting Green Conversations and Planet Friendly Projects

Refreshing ideas and projects for earth-friendly knitting.

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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 22 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) 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.
About the Author
Ann Budd is the best-selling author of a dozen knitting books, most recently Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts and Simple Style.

Formerly the senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine, she is now a book editor and knitwear designer.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

“Avery is one of nearly two dozen contributors to the new book "Knitting Green", a collection of earth friendly patterns and essays about knitting published last week.” – Calgary Herald
“For months I've been looking forward to the release of Ann Budd's newest book, "Knitting Green" (Interweave Press, 2010).  Upon receiving my copy of the book, I curled up in a comfy chair, listened to the breeze blow by the open windows and began reading.  Not all knitting books can hold my attention long enough to flip through each page, cover to cover, but Knitting Green did—I wanted to absorb all it had to tell me, and there was plenty.” – CEY Web-Letter 143
Knitting Green is a helpful and well-crafted effort to point us in a better direction.” – Knitter’s Review

“It's not about being trendy.  It’s about trying to be environmentally friendly.  Ann Budd is right, knitting seems like an environmentally friendly hobby, but being mindful of our impact, our carbon footprint, is more important than ever.” –
"[A] thoughtful book. The items in these pages are both fashionable and functional." – Verena Knitting

SKU: 10KN01

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ann Budd

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681668

Number Of Pages: 160