Fair Trade Yarn

Fair Trade Yarn

During Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK I posted a different fair trade yarn on Facebook and Twitter every day. It was great doing the research into fair trade yarns and getting recommendations from other people. The research also highlighted some questions...

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Plastic-Free Yarn

Plastic-Free Yarn

Reducing our plastic consumption is a hot topic on the news and social media at the moment. This is something I’ve been interested in for a long time and now, in the UK at least, it’s become a focus of general debate. Inspired by the focus on plastic, I...

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Vegan Yarn

Vegan Yarn

This month is Veganuary! Every year since 2014 Veganuary, a vegan charity, has been encouraging people to go Vegan for January. Now, I’m not vegan but I am interested in the vegan yarn that is available for vegan knitters, crocheters and weavers. The...

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How Ethical Is Your Yarn?

How Ethical Is Your Yarn?

When you next start on a knitting, crochet or weaving project, how can you be sure that you are buying ethical wool and yarn? When I tell people I’m researching ethical wool and yarn they usually look surprised. The assumption is that if you are knitting,...

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Spinning a Good Yarn

Spinning a Good Yarn

I’m not sure if you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “When does a yarn become a yarn?” I hadn’t until I had the pleasure of visiting Laxtons as part of my quest to find out more about spinning and how yarn is produced. Laxtons - new factory for a...

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Featured Yarn – Yeavering Bell

Featured Yarn – Yeavering Bell

Earlier this year I met Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare at Wonderwool Wales. We talked briefly and I really liked her ethos as well as her beautiful ethical mohair. So, it was a great pleasure last week to visit Alice at her farm in Northumberland, meet her...

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How about the big brands?

How about the big brands?

In setting up the directory on Real Good Yarns I have made a decision to focus on the smaller suppliers of wool and yarn. This is primarily as I want to support the smaller, independent producers who don’t have the marketing budget, brand reputation and...

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Knitting & needles

An interesting article by the International Wool Textile Organisation on microplastics and ocean pollution.

Have a look at these fabulous crocheted, giant ‘sea urchins‘ –  part of 2017 iLight Marina Bay, Singapore, which had the theme of Biomimicry and sustainability.

 

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