As a fan of DIY products of all shapes and sizes, I have become overwhelmingly enthralled with knitting. Call me old fashioned, but I think that there is something great to be said for people that can make their own clothes out of something as basic as yarn. Not only is this a great skill to have, but it is also a very environmentally friendly way to source your clothing– especially when you get your yarn from environmentally friendly or local vendors.
That’s really the rub when it comes to making your own clothes out of yarn. A lot of yarn manufacturers don’t make their yarn out of strictly woolen or natural materials. Some companies actually use a lot of synthetic fibers to make up their “yarn”, and this can end up really taking a toll on the environment over time. If you decide that you want to try and find more natural fibers for knitting, you will find that those fibers can end up being amazingly expensive. If you are looking for a way to be more environmentally friendly when you knit, but can’t afford the strictly natural fiber, then consider buying yarn that has been made out of post-consumer waste.
This yarn is just as warm and durable as anything else that you’d buy in the store, with the notable exception being that it is made out of completely recycled materials. Companies like Frabjous Fibers offer a wide selection of “hand picked” recycled fibers that give you a really great mixture of size, texture, and color. These yarns are very attractive, and they really don’t even cost all that much. They would be perfect to use in something like a hat or gloves, since the colors are exceptionally unique and may therefore not be very easy to match with larger things like sweaters.
This is just one more way that we can all make better choices without spending an arm and a leg in the process. Whether you are a knitting pro or you are just thinking about taking it up, Frabjous Fibers and companies like it are a great way to get the fiber you need with the low impact you want.