vegan knitting

I haven´t told you, but I am a vegan, something that´s quite difficult when you´re into yarn - the best ones involve wool, merino, silk and alpaca. A safe bet is to avoid wool and merino from Australia, the mulesing they use to keep the sheep free from parasites (which they got due to the breeding) is so cruel and involves cutting big parts of skin from their butts. Alpacas is usually (at least if it´s from countries like the US and Canada) treated very well, and you can buy yarn where you even know which animal it came from (I´ve got a couple of hanks from Stevie Wonder!). Silk is unfortunately a disgrace, and involves lots of dead silk worms, but there are alternatives. Tussah silk comes from the wild silk worms, and is gathered after the moth emerges, and thus is worm friendly. Soy silk is made from tofu manufacturing waste, soy beans that is, and entirely vegetable (SWTC has lots of soy silk yarns). And the you could always venture into the un-known, and try fibres like bamboo, hemp, ingeo, just to name a few. And of course cotton and linen. You´ll find vegan yarns at Vegan Yarn, or if you google, or even in your LYS, even if you don´t know it´s vegan.

image60 image59 image58 Tussah silk
image61 image62 image63 Soy silk
image64 image65 image66 Bamboo
image69 image70 image71 Hemp
image72 image73 image74 Ingeo
Click on the pics, and you come to the sellers!

This post is written as much for me, as it is for you - I need to get out of my fibre comfort zone, and dare to go where few has gone before. I do have an exuse, though - non-woolen fibres here amost all the time means horrible acrylics, or quite boring cotton (I´m not friends with cotton yet, I´m afraid, I need to work on that). But our LYS has sockyarn with cotton, that´s a must try and a start. And I need to go online for yarn shopping - the world´s my oyster!


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