Knit eco-accessories for the new year
Making a DIY resolution for 2012? Try knitting with upcycled or sustainably sourced yarns for unique, warm accessories.
Wed, Dec 30 2009 at 3:09 PM
Photo courtesy of Liana Kabel/Etsy
Planning on DIYing more in the new year? Eco-friendly knitting’s one green way to make unique items that fit your needs perfectly — like the new camera case I knit to fit a holiday gift I received!
To the right is my blue-and-white camera cover, knit mostly out of yarn from bamboo from South West Trading Company
. The white trim’s upcycled from my taking apart a knitted hat I got from Jet Rag
, and the button’s a spare from my Loomstate for Target top.
As you might have expected, the upcyclable yarn I got by taking apart a pre-loved hat was a lot cheaper than the bamboo yarn I got new — so if you’re a would-be-eco-knitter on a budget, I highly recommend going the pre-loved route. On top of the economic bonus of going used is an eco-bonus: Reusing and upcycling’s greener than buying new.
If, on the other hand, you tried adopting knitting as an eco-hobby in a previous year — and since made a new resolution to give up knitting — here’s a different DIY tactic: Upcycling knitting needles into jewelry! Get inspired by Australian crafster Liana Kabel
, who creates bangles, necklaces, and other “knitwit” accessories (photos above), available through her Etsy shop
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