Knitting Green: Conversations and Planet Friendly Projectsby Ann Budd
Detailing a wide range of perspectives and approaches to environmental issues, this unique crafting manual offers ideas for knitting conscientiously. Leading figures of the industry, from designers to yarn company executives, share their methods for integrating green principles into their work and lives - selecting organic products, facilitating an alternative to
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Detailing a wide range of perspectives and approaches to environmental issues, this unique crafting manual offers ideas for knitting conscientiously. Leading figures of the industry, from designers to yarn company executives, share their methods for integrating green principles into their work and lives - selecting organic products, facilitating an alternative to chemical detergent, recycling old projects, reducing disposable plastic bags, and creating pieces that provide warmth and save on energy. Inventive and timely, this practical guidebook explains answers to important questions such as What makes a yarn organic? and Are natural dyes safer than chemical dyes? Providing 20 clever designs for earth-friendly garments, accessories, gifts, and home furnishings, craft enthusiasts of all skill levels will enjoy projects that balance the altruism of saving the planet with the joyful benefits of their favorite hobby.
The concept of earth friendly knitting is nothing new. But in Knitting Green, knitwear designer Ann Budd takes it from buzz-wordy concept to more grounded place with useful info, thought-provoking stories, and beautiful patterns.
A truly delightful book with 20 fashionable designs. All the garment designs have full blocking diagrams with imperial and metric measurements.
"[A] thoughtful book...The items in these pages are both fashionable and functional." - Verena Knitting
"The patterns in this book are simple, basic and refreshing." - CraftGossip.com
"The book proved to be quite an eye-opener for me, a long-time knitter... Essays in the book really pulled this writer's head out of the sand in terms of what the term 'organic' actually means." - Green Right Now newswire
"I'm impressed with the stylish patterns and the print designer in me likes the layout, use of colors and typefaces. It's a book with projects for knitters at any level." - Austin American-Statesman
"Knitters...will find this book offers them a lot to think about, and a lot of solutions depending on what they decide is most important to them when it comes to crafting with the planet in mind." - About.com Guide to Knitting
"This eco-educational book highlights eco-friendly yarns from organic cotton to silky soy-with patterns for knitting projects using these yarns, complete with photos showcasing how good sustainable knitting can look." - Mother Nature Network
"Beautiful, and classy... This book is refreshing, offering a ton of information to help knitters make educated decisions about how they can make their craft more green." - PetitePurls.com
"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." - knittingscholar.com
"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
"Demonstrates how you can enjoy your favorite hobby while doing your bit for mother earth, too. [A] beautifully laid out book." - Crafts Beautiful (UK)
"It doesn't preach, rather it provides you with the facts so you can make educated choices. This book's a wonderful resource for knitters who care." - Knit Today (UK)
"A terrific book that helps to educate the knitter about how our hobby has an environmental impact. It's neither preachy nor condescending. And of course, there are patterns... I'm in love with the patterns!" - KnitPurlGurl
"Knitting Green is a helpful and well-crafted effort to point us in a better direction." - Knitter's Review
"A green approach still means beautiful patterns...have a look at Nancy Bush's Videvik Shawl, Ann Budd's Honor the Buffalo Socks and Mitts, and Kristeen Griffin-Grimes' Caterina Wrap." - Knitty.com
"A truly delightful book with 20 fashionable designs. All the garment designs have full blocking diagrams with imperial and metric measurements." - Machine Knitting Monthly
"Explores ways to integrate 'eco' perspectives into knitting and day-to-day life with articles, essays and projects." - Needle and Handicrafts (UK)
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Meet the Author
Ann Budd is the best-selling author of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. She is also the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and Simple Style, and coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style. She is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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This book is amazing and the patterns are well worth the purchase. I highly recommend this book.