Knitting is a Form of Meditation

Medknitation Anyone!   In the latest issue of Knitscene Fall 2018 is a brief editorial entitled “Medknitation”. I chuckled to hear this, not because it’s silly but because knitting is a mindful activity or one form of meditation. Meditation and mindfulness are practices gaining much attention, for their health benefits. I have been happily knitting…

The Alarming Practice of Destroying Unsold Fashion Goods

Recently, I was enlightened, or rather shocked to find out that unsold luxury and high-end designer goods, and even less expensive goods are burned, or destroyed and tossed into landfills. Chanel and Louis Vuitton are two of many companies cited as burning unsold merchandise. I must admit I hadn’t put thought to what happens to…

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…