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You don't have to trade in your car for a bike or install solar panels on your roof to make a difference for Mother Earth. But you can make a few small changes to your crafting. Doing so is not only a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, it's also a great way to use your stitching skills for good.
Say it with us: plarn. It's exactly what it sounds like — yarn made from plastic. You can't find it at your local craft store, but you can make it by recycling all your plastic bags from the grocery store. It's easy, quick and totally eco-friendly. Not to mention it gives a cool effect to lots of fun projects.
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory. It's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers, as it helps bring lots of gorgeous texture to projects. Once you've got this skill in your wheelhouse, you're sure to turn to it again and again.
Traditional embroidery is great, but lately everyone's fiber radars seem to be focused on the beautiful textures created with punch needle (also called needle punching). The craft looks eerily similar to embroidery when you just see the tools, as you need embroidery floss or yarn, a hoop, fabric and scissors to start. But that extra tool — the punch needle itself — makes a big difference.
It's easy to have a love affair with chunky yarn. Also called bulky yarn, it's super cozy and makes your crochet projects work up super quickly. It also enlarges your stitches so you can really see their detail.
Call us crazy, but there's honestly nothing better than a good pair of socks — especially when they're handmade. Though crocheting socks can be tricky if you've never tackled 'em before, when you have a game plan — and these handy tips — you can crush it. A fair warning, though: once you go handmade, you'll never want store-bought socks again.
So you've finally finished knitting that monochromatic sweater, but when you hang it up you suddenly see the bottom of your sweater is a completely different shade than the top! We've all been there. And there's one culprit behind this pesky issue: skeins from different dye lots.