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Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day, which has been celebrated since 1970. Have you found ways to incorporate environmental awareness into your knitting and crocheting?

I have a few ideas to help you out.

162322Debbie Bliss Eco Baby yarn is a 100% Organic Cotton with approximately 137 yards per 50g. The suggested gauge is 6 sts per inch on a US 3 needle.

This wonderful, soft yarn is available in over 25 colors and is machine washable!

While garments made from Eco Baby are great for the entire family, new parents often appreciate the idea of using organic cotton for garments for their new bundle of joy.

The Sleeveless Top with Peter Pan Collar shown above is in the current issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine.

Browse additional Eco Baby patterns.

28998Queensland Collection Sweet Pea is another organic cotton yarn. This yarn is 100% Organic Pima Cotton with approximately 109 yards per 100g and a suggested gauge of 4.5 sts per inch on a US 8 needle.

The raglan sweater shown above is part of two pattern pamphlet paired with a pretty cardigan.

Sweet Pea is available in a range of semi-solid and variegated colors. The suggested gauge of 4.5 sts/inch makes it easy to drop into other patterns you might like.

Browse additional Sweet Pea patterns.

Of course, Earth Day is about more than just organic. We all know the mantra of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”!

Frayed knot tee rag boxAlong those lines is Tee Rag yarn from Euro Yarns. This 100% Cotton textile yarn is made from fabric remnants from the manufacture of t-shirts.

The result is a fun, bulky weight “yarn” that comes in a variety of solids and prints. The colors are randomly packed, so you might not see the same one twice at your local yarn store.

Tee Rag is great for big needle knitting, big hook crocheting, arm knitting, weaving, and macrame! We’ve been seeing a lot of creative ideas.

See some Tee Rag project ideas.

Speaking of recycling, can someone explain the point of “plarn” to me? “Plarn” means plastic yarn. With so many wonderful yarns available, I just don’t see the point in cutting up a plastic grocery bag in order to make….another bag.

Personally, I’d rather not use a plastic grocery bag in the first place. With that goal in mind, I always make sure to bring my own fabric bags when I go food shopping.

Ensuring you have a variety of bags available means you don’t have to be caught out.

148833This Picnic Bag is from the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine.

It is knit using two colors of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK yarn and then lined with fabric. It looks like it’s a good size for toting a variety of items.

162343This pretty Laundry Bag is from the current issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. It is also knit using Cotton DK yarn.

Smaller than the Picnic Bag, this bag will be good for carrying light items.

28824This Shopping Bag is from the Ella Rae book “Knitting At Home”. It is knit using Ella Rae Superwash Classic yarn.

This 100% Superwash wool yarn comes 220 yard balls. It is available in a dizzying array of colors, so you can mix and match stripes to your hearts content. Or simplify things by using a single color.

26954This Beach Bag is another pretty, striped bag from Ella Rae. This bag is knit using Ella Rae Phoenix, a 100% Egyptian Cotton yarn that comes in 182 yard hanks.

148881Finally, get your young ones into the act with this fun Garter Stitch sling bag, also from Ella Rae.

This bag will work up quick using Ella Rae Melbourne yarn, a super bulky (2.5 sts/inch), 100% Cotton yarn. Melbourne is available in a range of fun colors.

Browse more Melbourne patterns.

Keep in mind, any of these bags would make lovely totes for your knitting projects, too!

How did you celebrate Earth Day?

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