6 ways knitting is changing the world
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Knitting your own clothing is more than just a relaxing pastime…
There are few things more satisfying than finishing a hand-knitted garment, but making clothes is more than just a hobby. Here, we share just a few of the ways knitting is changing the world for the better.
As knitters, we know that making good clothing takes time – so if you haven't heard of the slow fashion movement, you'll be pleased to know that it's helping the planet and includes your knitting. An alternative to the 'fast fashion' movement that sees garments produced and discarded at a damaging rate, slow fashion promotes the use of high quality materials to make durable clothes that last. Slow fashion is better for the environment and allows us to keep our favourite items for years to come, making this one trend we can definitely get on board with.
Recent studies show that knitting not only makes us happier, it actually makes us healthier, too. Research by UK non-profit organisation, Knit for Peace, has shown that the craft has the power to reduce depression and anxiety, lower our dementia risk and even distract us from chronic pain.
Have you ever picked up an item of clothing on the high street and wondered what it was made from? Supply chains for mass-produced clothing are often unclear, and sometimes what's written on the label isn't actually what's in the garment. While not all yarn is created equal, there are clear choices for ethical knitting and it's usually easier to know what you're getting. For a list of great quality, animal-friendly yarns, head to realgoodyarns.co.uk/directory.
It's not just the animals that benefit when we buy ethically sourced yarn – we also ensure a better deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. Farmers receive fairer pay and workers are safer and happier – which means we knitters can feel better about our makes.
For even more feel-good factor, why not consider knitting for charity? From high profile campaigns like innocent's 'the big knit' thebigknit.co.uk, which uses woolly hats to raise money for Age UK, to the less expected initiatives like SPANA's Big Knit For Vets, there are plenty of causes to knit for. Campaigns like this aren't new and knitters have been quietly changing lives for years – so if you're ready to join them, head here for a list of charities who will benefit from your donations ukhandknitting.com/knitting-for-charity/charity-list
From anti-war demonstrations to issues of equality, activists have been breaking out the knitting needles for hundreds of years – but recently there's been a new project on the scene. Enter, the tempestry: a yarn-based visualisation of temperature data ranging from the 1600s to 2018. Designed to raise awareness of climate change, the tempestries knit (or crochet) colour-coded data for each year into lines that connect to form a beautiful tapestry.
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