Loving the Earth With Yarn!
This Thursday is Earth Day, so we thought we'd celebrate the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC). This group produces the organic cotton in Appalachian Baby yarns and kits. Located in Lubbock, the TOCMC is dedicated to farming in a sustainable manner to preserve their farms for their children and grandchildren. Building on this, Appalachian Baby uses earth friendly dying techniques. We love Appalachian Baby yarn for the way it's produced and the way it feels in our projects. (Pictured at right: the Crochet Carry All from Appalachian Baby Designs - $8 on Appalachian Baby's website)
Cotton is said to be one of the world's most environmentally-damaging crops, with conventional growers using huge amounts of pesticides and using millions of gallons of water. As knitters, weavers, crocheters, and crafters, we are already helping by creating items that will last more than one season. Purchasing organically grown and dyed cotton helps even more, with the growers using natural rainwater and environmentally-safe insecticides.
Be safe, be well, be kind!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Patterns & Yarn
This week we're featuring Appalachian Baby Yarn! Want to make an organic cotton blanket for your favorite baby? Here are a couple of favorite baby blanket patterns!
Knit - Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket (pictured at right)
Crochet - Pure and Simple Baby Blanket
Weave - Keepsake Baby Blanket
Featured Tool (and Craft)
Punch needle embroidery is related to rug hooking. It uses a special punch needle threaded near the tip (like a sewing machine needle) to push thread through the fabric, creating a dense looped pile design.
We have punch needles and kits so you can learn and enjoy this beautiful form of embroidery!
Hours - We’re open 7 days a week (except some holidays)!
We'll be CLOSED on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 9!
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call us at 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Dawn, and Nancy M. are all available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.
The Tip Jar
Make your finished objects last longer with proper care. At the end of the season (for seasonal items like hats/sweaters) or at least once a year for other rarely-washed items, wash them with a natural detergent (like Soak or Eucalan) and dry gently. Fold with acid-free tissue paper or washed unbleached fabric cushioning the folds, then seal in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a week. Why? Because moth eggs can't survive freezing temperatures that long. This will refresh and de-acidify the fibers, cushion them, and protect them from insect damage so that next season they'll emerge fresh, clean, and ready!
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