Links and items of interest

Below is a list of websites and links to organizations and products that I like and use as well as places where I find information and inspiration. (In no particular order, and some are listed in more than 1 category.)

Websites:

  • Darn Yarn Needles and Thread – This is my shop. DYNT is a fiber arts shop that specializes in American made, fair trade, and Eco-friendly yarn and supplies.  Darn Yarn Needles and Thread
  • Butler Wobble – I am a unicyclist, and the Wobble is our local club. We like to ride outside and specialize in Distance/Road riding, Muni (mountain Unicycling), and Trials riding.  Butler Wobble
  • The Center of Harmony – This is where my shop, along with a few other small shops,  is located.  A historic Opera Hall, it’s current mission is to foster community, empower people, and preserve the environment.   The Center of Harmony
  • The Enironmental Working group has a great database of cosmetics.
  • Global Footprint Network – A website that calculates carbon footprints and explains why it is important.  The personal footprint is pretty broad, but it gives a good gauge.
  • Rivendell Bicycle Works – As the name implies, they make bikes.  But they are so much more than that.  They also offer clothing, cycling advice, and items to help with your everyday cycling needs.  Rivendell Bicycle Works

Magazines:

  • Mollie Makes – A craft magazine that covers a lot of topics for the DIYer.  They also have downloadable issues on their web site, which is great if you want to save paper or find digital easier to re-reference.  Mollie Makes
  • Mother Earth Living– The regular Mother Earth magazine is great, but I don’t live off the grid or on a large farm, so much of the material doesn’t apply to me. But this sister (or is it a daughter?) publication is much more relevant to my life.  Mother Earth Living
  • Urban Farm Magazine – A great source for city dwellers who still want to be self-sufficient, grow their own food, and learn about others doing the same.  Urban Farm Online
  • Verily Magazine –  A digital magazine.  They have a no Photoshop policy.  That alone caught my attention.  Their website says that they are a modern woman’s go to guide on how to lead a fullfilling, integrated life.  And isn’t that sort of what this blog is also about?  Verily Magazine
  • Yes! Magazine – a source for positive information about many topics. It’s an independent, non-profit organization.  yes! Magazine

Books:

  • The Happiness Project.  Gretchen Rubin.  Gretchen writes about her year long journey to find happiness.  She has a website about the book and later projects of self improvement, tips on finding your own happiness, and resources to track your progress similar to the method she used.
  • Little house on a Small Planet.  Shay Salomon.  A great book about living large in small spaces.  The book also has it’s own website.
  • Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life.  Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus.  The authors share their experiences as they moved to a minimalist lifestyle.  I wanted the book to be either more biographical or more of a how-to; instead it was just a bit of both.  It was also very common sense to me, but I can see how many would find it enlightening.  It was a quick read, and the pair continues to share their lifestyle on their website.

Clothing Companies:

While it may seem odd for me to have a clothing company section, I believe in buying American made when ever possible, and that includes the clothing that I don’t purchase at a resale shop like The Salvation Army.  Buying American made clothing helps strengthen our national economy, ensures jobs for skilled workers, and often the items are of a higher quality.  There really are so many options out there, that this list only includes companies from which I have purchased and/or used items.

  • Aerotech Designs – An athletic apparel company.  Located here in Western PA, they are a bit of an unknown company because they only recently started marketing under their own name.  Previously their designs and products were re-branded by large cycling and athletic apparel companies, so you may already be familiar with some of their products.  They make all sizes of sports wear, including extra large.  Their cycling shorts are reasonably priced.   The Goat once bought a pair of commuter shorts from them and was told they were not made on site, they were outsourced – to California.  Aerotech Designs
  • American Giant – US made “comfy” clothes.  The Goat was given one of their hoodies and it quickly (with in hours) became his go-to and favorite hoodie.  American Giant
  • Decent Exposures – Custom underwear and clothing.  They offer organic cotton and latex free options for those with dye or latex sensitivities.  I had a few cami tops made a few years ago and they are holding up well, both in construction and fabric.  Decent Exposures
  • Nuu-Muu – Womens’ athletic dresses.  Yes, dresses.  I love these!  I can bike commute and still look presentable at my shop when wearing a Nuu.  Nuu-Muu
  • Rivendell Bicycle Works – As the name implies, they make bikes.  But they are so much more than that.  They also offer clothing, cycling advice, and items to help with your everyday cycling needs.  Rivendell Bicycle Works
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