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Published on January 2nd, 2009 | by Kelly Rand

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Yearn Worthy Yarn: A Look Back

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Sea silk yarn I realize that we are now two whole days into the new year, but forgive me while I take a moment and look back on 2008 in yarn. Just like all the fabulous fabric that we’ve found over the past year, our yearning for eco-friendly yarns has taken us far and wide with much much more to come. So, check this space for more earth conscious yarns in ’09.

We’ve found some true gems in fiber form in 2008. We learned about frogging, that big box stores do carry organic yarns, and that you can make yarn out of old grocery bags.

We also took a hard look at stash busting, consumerism and found the first yarn co-op. But the biggest thing we’ve found in 2008 is the seemingly endless supply of eco-yarns perfect for anyone’s taste, budget and earth conscious level.

Plant Fiber

Animal Fiber

Yarn that’s curiously yarn

Blends

Yarn Companies

[Image credit: Handmaiden Fine Yarn]



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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.



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