So happy to welcome Earl Grey Fiber Co.!
earl grey fiber company
We had fun at Yarn Folk's World Wide Knit in Public Day, and it just so happened that Heather, from Earl Grey Fiber Company, delivered my order of Darjeeling and Chamomile (sparkly!) Sock. Heather and her family are originally from the East Coast, and are relatively new arrivals to our beloved Pacific Northwest. If this gorgeous yarn is any indication, they will fit *right* in!
2nd Time cotton
Made from recycled textile waste, 2nd Time Cotton is 75% cotton & 25% acrylic. It's not too dear for washcloths, but I think it would work up as a nice summer cardi--maybe this one? Also of note is the fact that not only is the yarn made from recycled fiber, its manufacture does not involve any wet processing, so there is no runoff or water contamination.
The Environmental Protection Agency measured the amount of textile waste in the United States at 16,220 tons in 2014, and 64% of that total entered in the municipal solid waste stream. In other words, it was landfilled. The Council for Textile Recycling estimates that the average US citizen discards 70 pounds of clothing annually. When used clothing is diverted into the recycling stream, however, only 5% is not recoverable.
When it comes to recycling clothing, reuse is the first option, and there are a number of good options in Ellensburg. The United Methodist Church operates the Community Clothing Closet, and Mercer Creek Church sponsors Fostering Hope's Compassion Closet, which provides children's clothing to foster families in the community. Career Services at CWU accepts gently used professional clothing for the CWU Professional Clothing Closet which provides business clothing to students and alumni in need of suitable attire for events like interviews, presentations, and career fairs. The Goodwill store also accepts donations of used clothing; of note here is that items in poor condition, as well as textile scraps, can be donated, as long as they are clean.
Slope is coming along. I worked the high-low hem with the dark grey, then continued with it through two skeins, then switched to a deep teal for the rest of the tank. It is an A-line silhouette, worked from the bottom up, and I am nearly finished with the decreases that give the body its shape. Linen is very apt to slide off the needle when left unattended, so my Needle Keeper is getting a workout!
One thing that is interesting here is that even though there is no trim to prevent rolling at the hemline, the linen steams out almost completely flat. This project will be interesting to block, since linen softens so dramatically when it is machine laundered.
Although the Slope tank is very straightforward knitting, those slippery stitches were not the right choice for Knitting in Public with lots of putting-things-down-and-picking-them-back-up. I've had a skein of Mrs. Crosby's Steamer Trunk sitting on my desk to test out, so I quickly cast on a Rikke Hat. Even though there are 10, 470 of them in the world--plus however many don't have project pages on Ravelry!--I've never made one. The colorway, Hummingbird, is so cheerful, and the yarn base is very springy, and a pleasure to knit with. Mrs. Crosby offers a range of both nearly-solids and multis. Which is your favorite?