No sooner had we written last week's blog on the joy of knitting, than we found out about recycled yarn (can we call it wool?) Quite timely, during Veganuary if you would rather not be using wool from an animal.
Of course, we should have been aware of this earlier. We bought selvedges from one of our favourite haunts, Scrap Antics, and knitted them into a placemat, many months ago - but, shame on us, we never thought much more about it. We've got another ball in our stash, and are waiting for inspiration to strike and tell us what to knit with it. We've also just come across a ball of raffia that we just know will be perfect for something. We just don't know what yet. So, actually, we ought not to have been surprised at the thought of knitting with something other than wool.
Anyhoo, we have recently had a bit more time to spare (don't need to explain why!) so we put it to good use (mostly!) doing a bit of research into various aspects of sustainable living, and in particular this week, recycled yarn.
There's plenty of it about. You can buy recycled wool, which, of course, means that you are extending the lifespan of something that has already been produced - and you know how much we like to do that. You can also buy upcycled yarn, made from jersey, cotton or one of our everyday favourites, jeans.
There are two options for yarn made from recycled denim. One giving new life to old jeans, and one using denim offcuts that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Either way, the denim is mixed with upcycled cotton and lives another day.
One of the companies selling recycled denim is Wool and the Gang, and its Creative Director and Co-founder, Jade Harwood, said it better than we ever could. So, since one of our mantras - is let's share knowledge so that we are not re-inventing something that's already out there - here's what she has to say.
"One of the reasons I love the craft industry is that it offers a more creative and sustainable offering to 'fast fashion'. By encouraging our gang to make their own clothes we cut out the entire production process, one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the fashion industry."
Now do excuse us, we're on a roll and want to get back to our search engine to dig a little deeper. We will be sure to share our findings with you.
Or, will we sneak in a few more rows of knitting? Decisions, decisions ......