Monday, 20 January 2020

The sustainable craftalong: Introduction

At the start of the year, I said that my crafting word for 2020 is SUSTAINABLE


In this context, sustainability means making sure that my crafting is not wasteful, and is a little more considerate towards the environment. With this in mind, I am hosting the Sustainable craftalong in 2020.

You can take sustainable crafting to mean whatever you want. I am aiming for:
  • Working mostly from stash
  • If I buy something, using it straight away, rather than hoarding it
  • Finishing my works in progress
  • Considering the purpose of what I am making - will I be able to make use of the finished object at least 30 times?
  • Trying to buy crafting materials that come from renewable sources: either recycled materials, or natural materials
  • Selling or donating any craft materials that I know I'm not going to use
I'm sure that as the Craftalong progresses, everyone will come up with their own sustainable crafting ideas, and it'll be really interesting to see what everyone thinks of.

You will note that I have called this the Sustainable craftalong, so all crafts are welcome, including knitting, sewing, crochet, weaving, papercraft, anything you like!

The Sustainable craftalong will be taking place in my Ravelry group, and on Instagram. There will be two threads on Ravelry: one chatter thread and one finished object thread.  On Instagram, use the hashtag #sustainablecraftalong

Every quarter (at the end of March, June, September and December) I will be drawing one winner from each of the chatter thread, finished object thread and Instagram. In each of your entries, I want you to tell me what makes your project sustainable. In the interest of reducing waste, prizes will be digital pattern prizes - I will gift each winner a pattern of their choice from Ravelry up to the value 10 USD (prizes can be from any designer on Ravelry, not just me).

Happy crafting!

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