Crochet, Ponderings, Simple Living, Uncategorized

What can knitters and crocheters do about synthetic fiber pollution?

This year I am phasing out my stash of acrylic yarn, and here's why: our oceans are becoming polluted with tiny synthetic microfibers, and it's bad news for marine life. I don't enjoy being a Debbie Downer, so I promise you that I will end this on a positive note. Here's the gist of the problem,… Continue reading What can knitters and crocheters do about synthetic fiber pollution?

Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Crochet Patterns - Free, Simple Living, Uncategorized

Earth Day crochet round-up: 7 eco-friendly patterns

Making your own home goods, clothing, and accessories can be even more satisfying when you know it's reducing your footprint on the Earth. What makes a something "eco-friendly"? It's a rather broad term, and is probably applied in places where it shouldn't be. There's no universal definition. I tend to think of eco-friendly crochet patterns as ones that… Continue reading Earth Day crochet round-up: 7 eco-friendly patterns

Ponderings, Simple Living, Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day reimagined: compassion, kindness, and non-complementary behavior

I'm a sucker for holidays. I don't necessarily enjoy the taint of modern consumerism, but I do love food, making things, and celebrating seasons. I enjoy the connection that many of our Western, Christian-ish holidays have to the pagan traditions of Europe, the marking of the passing of time, and the opportunity to break out of… Continue reading Valentine’s Day reimagined: compassion, kindness, and non-complementary behavior

Ponderings, Simple Living, Uncategorized

Minimalism for well-being and the greater good, not perfection

  I recently had a conversation with a friend about the minimalism lifestyle as it exists in popular culture today. Minimalism as a way of living has been around in many forms, under many names, for a pretty long time. Though I didn't always have a name for it, minimalism has always been attractive to me in some way.… Continue reading Minimalism for well-being and the greater good, not perfection