I’ve recently come to want to minimize the environmental and financial impacts of my knitting– ideally without losing much of the pleasure that I get from it! The result of this realization are these resolutions:
From June 2008 to June 2009, I will:
- Knit only my own designs. This will make my knitting progress much slower, since I’ll have to create the designs first, decreasing my yarn consumption and cash expenditure over time.
- Write up and sell or give away the patterns I write, for the good of my household finances and because I think it’s fun.
- Research and pursue local sources for yarn, instead of working with stuff shipped from Peru. (This will be hard!)
- Research and pursue environmentally friendly fibers.
- Buy only yarns that are sport-weight or lighter, because it takes longer to finish an object knit in thin yarns (less yarn used, less money spent– the two-week sweater was in heavier yarn).
- Buy yarn only with a specific project in mind.
- Give away or frog finished objects that I won’t use.
- Buy no new knitting books; used bookstore knitting books are acceptable.
- Spin more.
- Whenever possible, knit from stash.