This is the very first scarf I ever made — a bright orange, mixed-up-texture thing done with a garter stitch on honkin’ big needles. My mom helped me buy the yarn at Romni, then taught me how to cast on, keep the tension consistent, fix any dropped stitches and finally cast off. I’ve made other scarves since, as well as a few not-quite-symmetrical mittens, but there’s something about that first one — it’ll hold a special place in my closet.
Knitting is of course a very environmentally friendly hobby. There’s barely any packaging with a ball of wool, no machinery is required other than what’s used to spool it, and there are fewer transportation and shipping costs associated with the final product. Now, you can even get bamboo yarn, which feels wonderfully soft, and organic fair-trade yarn.
As the weather here in Toronto starts dipping down to the freezing point, I’m realizing I need to stock up on winter gear. My change today, then, will be to knit as much stuff as I can rather than buy anything.
Oh, and P.S. — Today officially marks my 100-day countdown! Woohoo!