Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review Week Day 1: Knitting Green

Knitting Green

Title: Knitting Green
Author: Ann Budd
Publisher: Interweave Press
Approx. Retail Price:  $24.95
Release Date: 5/01/2010

First off before I give you my review of this fab book, I have to tell you that the amazing people over at Interweave gave me a digital copy of this book to review - thus keeping it VERY green.  I LOVE that Interweave provides digital copies for their reviewers.  Not that I don't enjoy a beautiful book in my hands, but we all need to do our part to reduce waste.  Now onto the review..

Knitting Green is a terrific book that helps to educate the knitter about how our hobby has an environmental impact.  It's neither preachy nor condescending.  Ann Budd strives to shed light on our knitting carbon footprint in order to allow the knitter to make educated decisions while providing top notch patterns from talented designers such as Katie Himmelberg, Cecily Glowick Macdonald, Kristen TenDyke, Therese Chynoweth, Michele Rose Orne, Vicki Square, Veronik Avery, JoLene Treace, Deborah Newton, Nancy Bush, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, Kim Hamlin, Pam Allen, Mags Kandis, and Budd herself.   Knitting Green includes an enlightening forward by Knitter's Review.com Editor, Clara Parkes, as well as articles by Pam Allen, Lisa R. Meyers, Sandi Wiseheart, Carmen S. Hall, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, Darlene Hayes, Kristin Nicholas, and Amy R. Singer.

Yearning to learn why Organic Cotton can make a huge difference versus other cotton yarns?  Which plants require no pesticides to grow easily? What the heck is Tencel anyways?  Are all plant fibers "green?"  What are the conditions of workers all over the world who process our fibers?  And why is this important?  How do I know which yarns are truly green yarns?  These questions and more are answered in this eco-smart book as we learn "The Gray of Green."

And of course - there are PATTERNS!  Oh my goodness, I'm in love with the patterns!  My must have faves from this book include: a gorgeous cabled vest pattern, Eco Vest, a lace tunic knitted in a linen yarn named for Al Gore, Allegoro Lace Tunic, another fab Kimono from Vicki Square, Soy Silk Kimono, a gorgeous pullover cabled sweater, Tree Hugger Pullover, the perfect spring/summer lace pullover, Cunene River Pullover, and of course a lightweight, lacey shawl, Videvik Shawl.  The patterns are all so well written and explained, leaving nothing to chance.  With multiple full-color photos, charts, and detailed notes & pattern instructions, even the newbie knitter will find a project to tackle. 

I also enjoyed seeing some of these eco-friendly yarns knit up.  Not having heaps of experience with eco-yarns, I had never knit with many of these.  To see the way these garments drape on a model is so very helpful.  In Knitting Green, Budd selected yarns such as Cascade Eco Wool, Classic Elite Solstice, LanaKnits #101 AllHemp3, STC Pure, Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, La Lana Wools Phat Silk Fine, Himalaya Yarn Sweet Earth, and more..

So do yourselves a favor and pick up a copy of this environmentally-conscious book (which just happens to have uber cute patterns).  I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing it.

Thank you to Interweave Press for sending me a FREE review copy of Knitting Green by Ann BuddKnitPurlGurl Disclosure Policy applies.



  1. I LOVE that basket/bag on the front -- gosh I've got to get this one and get my needles going - Thanks for the review :)

  2. I totally love this website! It's rare to see people put in so much effort into something. Great Job! Emily


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