Hi all! After a long hiatus from my blog posting, I learned how much I miss it! With all the new directions my shop has taken in the last year, it just makes sense to get back into blogging. Those Instagram captions only explain so much!
This year, I've decided to take a more eco-friendly approach to my shop. As much as I LOVE using luxury yarns and expensive indie dyed yarn, it isn't always the most financially wise decision. What began my journey into recycled yarns was frogging my own previous projects. If I wasn't going to wear this huge shawl, why not reuse the yarn and design something new? While I love reusing hand dyed yarns, I didn't want to frog EVERYTHING I had made. I did want to keep some of it!
When I first started researching recycled yarns, I rediscovered sari yarn. This amazing silk yarn was re purposed from traditional Indian saris, and turned into gorgeous colorways for the next knitting project. They even take unusable scraps from the manufacturing process to turn into yarn! How cool is that? Even better, it employs women in India who may otherwise not be able to work. With this fiber, I searched for a blanket pattern to highlight this incredible material. Unfortunately, I could not find a single hand knit blanket pattern using sari ribbon yarn. As a result, my Pink City Sari Blanket was born! You can download it for FREE on Ravelry by clicking this link! (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-pink-city-sari-blanket).
Then, I discovered Echoview Fiber Mill. My favorite yarn of theirs is from the Recycled Yarn Collective. They take a super-soft wool and blend it with recycled yarn scraps from other yarn businesses! I recently purchased my first few skeins from them, and cannot wait to test it out!
With this blog, I hope to continue to discover sustainable yarn companies around the world as well as design new patterns for all of you using these materials! Do you have any yarn company recommendations for me? Leave them below in the comments!!
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I opened Leo's Lovely Treasures in 2014 with a focus on creating heirloom quality knitwear. Since then, I've grown into a knitwear designer focusing on using sustainable and recycled materials.