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slow fashion: KNOWN

This week’s #slowfashionOctober prompt is the one I wish I knew the most about:

favorite sustainable resources / “local” / traceable fabric and yarn origins / traceable garment origins / reference books, films, videos

Let’s start with what I do know.  I’ve been pinning a few made-in-Americasingle-breed, and eco-friendly yarns. The knitting designs I’m working on next use some of these.

And I do a lot of sewing with thrifted fabric – including these two beauties that are destined to be the brightest work blouses you ever did see.

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But really, truly, fabric is hard. I’m heartened to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks so.  There are many options for organic fabric, but in order to tell if your fabric is made safely, or is fair trade (much more important to me, personally, than local or organic, but you may have different priorities), you have to figure out not only which country it was made in, but perhaps which specific factory, and then learn something about the manufacturing rules that govern each country and/or individual factory.

Compared to indie yarn suppliers, fabric is a few steps (a lightyear) behind on  transparency.

However, after creeping (i.e. reading) lots of great posts from other sewcialists this week, here are a few new things I’ve discovered (and am pretty excited about):

  • This Etsy shop sells Fair Trade fabric, and it’s not all cotton
  • Alabama Chanin is now producing organic cotton fabric you can  purchase
  • Organic Cotton Plus, Honey Be Good,  has a Made in USA section
  • This is crazy, but apparently a lady named Sally Fox is breeding colored cottons (and raising sheep now, too)
  • And last, but possibly the most exciting of all, Offset Warehouse contains lots of details about the manufacturers of their fabric. The link I included there takes you to info about their Cambodian-produced fabric. Cool.

There, some extra reading for you. Until you digest it all (it took me a few days!), if you have good ideas on how to dispose of worn-out clothing, I want to hear about it.

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Year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep

Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true!

Some content from the 1990s will never leave my head. Thanks, Babe. 

In any case, February 19 marks the Chinese New Year, and will begin the Year of the Sheep. I can’t help but feel that it’s a sign, a good time to embrace my love of knitting wholeheartedly- to start designing, podcasting, and collaborating.

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Sock monkey hat crocheted by S’s great-grandmother & given to him for Christmas

It might also be the year of American-made yarn for me.  I’ve stumbled digitally across so many beautiful yarns grown, processed, and spun on home ground, but have not had the opportunity to get them on my needles yet. I did order some color cards from Quince & Co (love their new website!) and Brooklyn Tweed, though. They should be arriving any day!

Have you worked with any American-made yarns? What’s been your favorite?