A Sustainable Option – The Thrift Shop

Following the sustainability theme of my post Polyester Rant II, I came across Shift to Thrift by Fashion Revolution, a discussion on how to thrift shop and reach the goals of quality, versatility, and sustainable clothing purchases. In my post, I neglected to mention this option of buying quality fashion in thrift stores. Quality and…

Mindful Fashion And Style In 2018

            Continuing along the lines of my last post, Polyester Rant II, I’ve been thinking about what and how much we’re consuming, and what fashion means to us in North America. We spend many dollars shopping, but much of the clothing we purchase is poor quality fast fashion. One of…

Polyester Rant II – The Costs of Cheap Fast Fashion

Why am I addressing this topic again? Let’s just say I’m obsessed about the extensive use of synthetics in clothing manufacturing, mainly polyester. Synthetics account for over 65% of global production, and polyester alone is found in 60% of the garments on retail shelves – disturbing statistics. I’m frustrated and disappointed that clothing manufacturers have…

The Health Benefits of Knitting

I’ve never thought much about the health benefits of knitting, because I have knitted almost every day since I was in my twenties. What I do know is that knitting is my relaxation and private time. Here’s the link to an article recently put on HuffPost about this topic. I particularly like this photo of…

Addi Flip Stix – The Perfect Double Pointed Needles For My Project

It’s important to find the right needles for a project, and recently I needed short, 6 inch double pointed needles to knit sleeves in the round with fine mohair. I tried bamboo needles, but the mohair stitches didn’t glide smoothly across them. I also tried metal, but the aluminum ones I had in my collection…

The Best Of 2017

Happy New Year! In this post I’m wrapping up 2017 with my Best Of. 2017 was a great year for Knitting Unplugged, and continues to attract knitters and others interested in the craft. I will be making changes to the blog site in the weeks to come, so please stay tuned. Below are the Top…

You Don’t Need To Pay An Obscenely High Price For Quality Clothing

I enjoy the hand of luxurious, expensive, and embellished fabrics. Just as an art lover enjoys the experience of an exhibit, I appreciate the beauty of an exquisitely made textile. Designer names like Etro, Dolce Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci use some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world for their couture and ready-to-wear collections,…

What’s Inspired Me The Most On My Knitting Journey

The outsiders call us obsessed, or they can’t believe our focus on “just a hobby”. But we persevere, no matter what our reasons for knitting may be. We find endless pleasure in what we do, even if it’s only for half an hour a day; we just can’t stop. So what is the inspiration that…

Polyester Rant

“A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of an ester of a substituted aromatic carboxylic acid, including but not restricted to substituted terephthalate units, and para substituted hydroxy-benzoate units.” Wow, a lot of chemical jargon in defining polyester; to summarize, polyester…

Why Do You Knit?

The other day I was pondering about why I knit, and at what point I decided to move beyond being a beginner. As I gained more experience, my reasons to knit changed depending on the project. So what follows are my thoughts on the philosophical question – Why I (You) Knit? Designing – Initially, as with most…

The Best Of 2016

A belated Happy New Year! As I indicated in my Holiday Update, I moved to a new house over the holidays and it has been quite hectic. In this post I am wrapping up 2016 with my Best Of, and I look forward to providing you with more amazing knitting information and patterns in 2017. 2016…

Knit Trends For Fall 2016

I recently came across “The Edit”, a weekly e-magazine on the site Net-A-Porter, a shopping site for luxury designer fashion. The August 24 issue reveals Fall 2016 Knit Trends. It is certainly an inspirational must-see when thinking about your wardrobe and the knit projects you may want to make. Knitwear has become a staple of…