Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

I just happened to finish these brown/green Dashing fingerless mitts in time for Earth Day.



Yarn: Lana Grossa Furetto (wool, alpaca, and acrylic), bought at Wolle Rodel, Frankfurt
Pattern: Dashing, Knitty.com
Needles: US 6 DPNS
Mods: They are a "thank you" gift for our friend in Berlin who showed us around Frankfurt. Though she has large hands, I shortened the mitts by a few rows, but don't remember how many.

I'm holding a reusable fabric shopping bag, still in its case, that I bought in Frankfurt at a Rossmann Drugstore. When open, it is the size of a large plastic grocery bag. It looks like these Envirosax, but was much cheaper, even after factoring in the exchange rate. I keep it in my handbag for small purchases. It's a small step, but I swear plastic "grows" under my kitchen sink, and some bags taken back for recycling find their way to landfills if recycling becomes too expensive for local governments, so a small step that reduces consumption is better than none. Whole Foods will stop purchasing plastic shopping bags today; they will give out those remaining until they run out. They will supply paper bags instead, and will have reusable grocery bags available for purchase. I've purchased several reusable bags, but always get one or two plastic bags to carry my lunch to work, and wondered what I would do. (I realize other stores have plastic bags but they are frequently full of holes at the bottom.) I read last night on the Ravelry Greencraft forum that some have knit their own lunch bags. I should have thought of that long ago. I've never felted anything, but have some Lambspride somewhere around here. It's washable and cheap. Another WIP is born! (Does anyone have recommendations for yarn that will felt into a thinner fabric than Lambspride?) WF will still have smaller, thin plastic bags in the meat and veggie sections, but did you know that some people use tulle vegetable bags? I just read about these last night. These are expensive but you could make your own.

I bought the green polish at the same drugstore. The brand is Manhattan, #85. I'm a drugstore junky. I loved browsing the aisles of Rossmann looking at stuff we don't have here. I bought several bottles of polish and some lip liner.


Nicole, are you on Ravelry? Did you know that there is a Frankfurt group there?


  1. great info.Thanks. Happy Earth Day to you!! those mitts are quite earthy as well.

  2. Beautiful mitts. Knitty has a really cool pattern for a knitted/felted lunch bag. Here's the link:

    It uses Cascade 128. Happy stitching.

  3. I noticed your green nail polish right away in honor of earth day! :oD

    My plastic bags "grow" in my pantry closet! LOL

    I am trying to do better to with reusable bags (Trader Joe's - Step 1 for me.

    Tanks Deb-va for the great suggestion!! Hope that works for you Ava!

  4. I love the earth day colors of the mits, the bag, and your awesome green nails. I have those envirosax, but I like the one you have. And knitting a lunch bag is a great idea - I should do that too!

  5. And your nails match your mitts, how cool is that, lol! They're gorgeous (the nails & the mitts).

  6. Nice Dashings! I really love the yarn colorway.

    My mother's maiden name is Crowe. I wonder if we're related in some roundabout way;)

  7. Your Dashings are gorgeous, as are your nails and nail polish. I love the colors.

  8. The mitts turned out great - I love the yarn and its subtle colorways. I made a "Noro scarf" a la Brooklyntweed and a stole for my mum out of the yarn.

    Very daring nailpolish color you picked up at Rossmann's. Aren't foreign drugstores fun.

    I applied at Ravelry twice like months ago and never received an invitation. How long does it usually take???

  9. they look so cool, ava!

  10. The Dashing are beautiful! And I love that green polish, too!

  11. I love your Dashing mitts (saw them while catching up on Flickr). And the nail polish color matches SO nicely too!

    BTW, I recommend Patons Wool or Cascade for felting -- they produce the nicest result in my opinion. Noni Designs has a cute felted lunch bag pattern too. I've queued it on Ravelry but the last time I checked, there's no photo yet.



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