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Upcycling vs. creative reuse: what’s the difference?

Upcycling is fun, en vogue, and arguably a good practice for the planet. The popularity of this form of creative reuse has exploded over the past decade, even making its way into luxury brands. It's got a little problem, though—we can't seem to agree on what it actually is, and which items qualify as "upcycled"… Continue reading Upcycling vs. creative reuse: what’s the difference?

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Crochet, Crochet Patterns

Color Block Market Bag Pattern

String bags and mesh shopping bags are popping up everywhere, which probably feels like déjà vu for people who grew up in a time or place where they were the norm. For those who enjoy the occasional nugget of history, you might be surprised to know that Wikipedia actually has an entire (albeit brief) page… Continue reading Color Block Market Bag Pattern

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Cedar Top Crochet Pattern

Sometimes, the simplest things end up being so satisfying. I've crocheted complicated garments before and felt pleased with the results. It's always been simple, classic designs, however, that make me happiest and produce clothes that I wear over and over again. The added bonus? They are easy to make, easy to modify, and even beginners… Continue reading Cedar Top Crochet Pattern

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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?

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7 eco-friendly crochet 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 7 eco-friendly crochet patterns

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A Quick Guide to Knit-Look Crochet Stitches

We're not always vocal about it, but some crocheters and knitters believe that their yarn craft is superior to the other. It's usually a good-natured feud, resulting in the concession that we've just grown accustomed to doing one or the other and we're probably not going to change. Although I'm firmly in the camp of crochet, I admire the… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Knit-Look Crochet Stitches

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Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern

Finally, I've written a crochet pattern! It's small and simple, but pretty and practical. It uses the Cedar Stitch, which is the name I've given to a stitch pattern that I created. Of course, the world of crochet on the internet is vast, so if you come across its twin with a different name, please… Continue reading Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern