Many knitters are environmentally concious. Organic and recycled yarns are sweeping the knitting industry. Manufacuturers are hunting down sustainable materials to produce more ecologically friendly yarns. It started with plant fibers like bamboo and bannana leaf, and now knitters can make hats and socks from yarn made of anything from milk to soy to shrimp shells.
Shopping locally and supporting artists who make things by hand is a great way to support the environment as well as boosting your local economy. Etsy.com has provided an ideal platform for artists and their patrons to come together in the name of small, unique business. To find Etsy artists near you, simply go to www.etsy.com and scroll down to the "shop local" button which is on the left hand side of your screen.