School has been pretty busy and I’m limited in the changes I can make for the planet when I live in the dorms (I do my best: I use my homemade products, utilize the dual flush toilets, minimize food waste, conserve electricity, etc.), so I’m going to take a break from easy, healthy, planet saving tips to talk about something I learned to do this past summer: making yarn.
It all started when my mom brought home a fleece sheared that morning. And I’m going to focus on that first fleece. Why my first? Because that’s the hardest. You have to gather information, pick your method, and then do it. And it isn’t until you get your hands on that wool that you can really see and understand what you are supposed to be doing. But I’m going to help the best I can. I learned how to wash, prep, spin, and dye my own yarn all on my own. It wasn’t easy, it was a ton of work, and I wish I could have taken a class, but it was so satisfying when I finished it all.
To connect this to what I’ve been talking about on this blog, this is a really great, natural way of obtaining yarn. You know exactly where it came from, maybe even how the animal it’s from was treated. Plus, if you have wool that you can’t or don’t want to use, it can be composted, so you don’t have to worry about wasting it.