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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
6:34 pm
[rice_dream_girl]
Thank you to everyone who made podcast suggestions last night! I've now got an excellent back catalogue to work through :) Now, something I made.

I've neglected my knitting for quite some time now. I blame the fact that I promised lots of scarves to different people, and ended up getting stuck in a seemingly never-ending rut. I have 3 scarves all in progress, and a set of wrist warmers. It'll be summer before I get them done! In the mean time, here's what I made last night :)

Coffee sleeve with embroidery!Collapse )

I might make another one tonight! I also spent today working on a zine. It's starting to take shape, hurrah! Being unemployed + being snowed in + COFFEE = me being super productive :D
Monday, February 8th, 2010
8:47 pm
[rice_dream_girl]
Podcasts?
I'm on the hunt for podcasts to listen to whilst knitting. Music alone isn't enough, but I can't manage watching TV / movies yet because it requires too much concentration on the visual. Things I'm interested in include: veganism, food, speciesism, feminism, gender studies, straight edge, anarchism, but I'll consider anything that's not totally ignorant, really! Any suggestions?

Cross posted.
Friday, October 24th, 2008
12:06 pm
[oenone_borealis]
Chunky Alpaca substitution
Hi, I'm Julie and a relatively new crocheter. I'm ready to try my hand at more complex projects and have found a shrug from Sensual Crochet by Amy Swenson (a book crammed with animal yarns with one or two exceptions) I'd like to make.

Picture under cut, for referenceCollapse )

It calls for a chunky-weight alpaca yarn, but I'm not sure what to use as a substitute. Would a super bulky weight acrylic such as Red Heart Grandé do the trick? Any insights?

Current Mood: thirsty
Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:58 pm
[gendertrouble]
a-maizing
so last week i decided i really needed to start on my octopus design scarf and i decided to try amaizing, because i've wanted to try it for a long time and i thought it'd be nice to have a nice scarf.

i ordered a ball of 'black' and a ball of 'grenadine'. i was a little worried grenadine would be too much pinker than the picture, because i really wanted red, but i hadn't worred about the 'black'. i have to say, i got my yarn really fast and that's great, but the 'black' is really really blue. that is, it's blue. it's not blueish or so black it's blue. when i put a strand on my black shirt, it's blue. navy blue, but blue.

i'm just so disappointed. the grenadine is too pink, and i can't even get around that because the black is blue. i'm not sure if i can return them (i ordered through swtc, but it came from a semi-local shop called Flying Fingers). man, i was so excited when i got home and the box was here.

so i guess this is a warning to you folks. i know this is the danger of shopping online, but i never have luck finding a good selection of vegan fibers in shops and i get really discouraged.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
12:16 pm
[nelsolidarida]
Vegan goth seeks black yarn for a fun time
I think I may have got *gasp* knitter's block. I have maybe one idea (black poloneck, triangle sleeves, corset-style ribbons lacing up the neck bit - basically the ultimate goth jumper!) but it's going to take some planning, not least to find the right yarn. All suggestions gratefully received, particularly if it is something i can buy a dozen balls of without getting overdrawn. ;)
12:10 pm
[nelsolidarida]
Userinfo updated
I just added a load of links to the info page. If you can think of anything else that should be there, comment in this thread. Priority will be given to sites that deal with veganism *and* knitting, but feel free to suggest favourites on either subject.
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
1:32 am
[gendertrouble]
what sorts of things do you make with bamboo and copper yarn? clothes? does the metal ever irritate people? i find the idea of this yarn material kind of awesome, but i'm not sure what you do with it.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
1:44 pm
[kalakumari]
patternworks catalog
I got a patternworks fall catalog in the mail today. I guess I'm on some mailing list now because I've never heard of this company. I was pleasantly surprised when I was flipping through it. In the yarn descriptions words like "vegan," "recycled," "sustainable," and "renewable" are in bold. So it is really easy to flip through and find the vegan yarns. They're marketing to us, so there must be a lot of vegan knitters out there.
Monday, September 17th, 2007
11:01 pm
[gendertrouble]
anyone work at a yarn store?
i'm applying to one and i'm concerned that my not having ever knit with wool will hurt my chances and that not wanting to work with wool will hurt them even more. i mean, i'm not mentioning that all in the cover letter. I was just wondering if anyone had experience with this. i've worked in restaurants that served meat, but as a server, and it was never a problem that i hadn't had most of the food, so i don't know. i assume the yarn store wants particularly knowledgable staff.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
2:28 pm
[diarytypething]
Chunky yarn?
I've agreed to knit a scarf for a friend, and while it's a very basic pattern (he's studying Maths at university, and is geeky enough to want a mobius scarf, which is the kind of thing you can made quite easily on a big circular needle), I can't quite find the right type of yarn. I'd like to make it from something relatively chunky so that I can knit it up in a couple of evenings, but it looks like almost everything designed for needles 4mm and larger contains at least some wool. It just seems to be difficult to find a good, thick, vegan yarn.

Since I'm based in Scotland and don't want to pay horrific shipping costs, I'm looking for something which can be bought within the UK (bonus points if John Lewis stock it, as there's one that I pass on the way home from work), and obviously it shouldn't be something too fluffy and girly because he just wouldn't wear something made from some of the weirder novelty yarns.

Any suggestions on what I could use?
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
9:24 am
[glitterfaery83]
Stash Enrichment
I like the term "stash enrichment". It makes me feel like what I did yesterday was not just painful monetarily, but was actually *necessary*. That my stash would be worse off without it. Some how sadder, and incomplete. I also really like the excuse of X Mas. The excuse of X Mas plays out thusly: "Gee, my mother-in-law really helped us a lot with my wedding. Maybe I should make her something with Alchemy bamboo..." HA. I didn't really buy any Alchemy, and have actually yet to ever buy Alchemy, but I did get away with a lot at ye olde LYS yesterday.

Check it here. -10 thumbnail pics-Collapse )

cross-posted to glitterfaery83 and 20sknitters

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
11:44 pm
[gendertrouble]
ecospun
so i just read on the etsy blog about ecospun.

there is yarn made from it here.

has anyone knit with this? i find it intriguing, but i also wonder whether there is some hidden issue with it, like the manufacturing of it actually makes more waste, or the company that makes it is a subsidiary of some notorious bad place or something.

what i find most interesting is the idea that it felts. there's a comment on the etsy post about that. though the poster says they use it as the filling, so i don't know how felted it really gets.

unfortunately, i can't afford to experiment with that handspun yarn.

i also couldn't figure out where to get the fiber for spinning, but i didn't look really hard because i've actually never spun.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
5:36 pm
[fxa]
introduction/questions
hey everyone,

i'm starting my own intro post because i'm self-centered! just kidding. i'm fuchsia, 20, knitter for 3 years, vegan for about 6 months.

i'm really conflicted on the vegan knitting issue. i'm not trying to start a fight or a flame war or anything, but using acrylic yarn really bothers me, as do most mass-produced cottons. i'm vegan for the same reasons i drive a greasecar, ride a bike, make my own clothes and buy secondhand, and garden/buy as much of my food as possible locally; i am trying to take myself off the oil consumption/industrial/what-have-you grids as much as i can. the means i have now make this only partially possible, but i do my best.

obviously, acrylic is a big NO for my convictions, since most of it is made from petroleum derivatives. a lot cotton is grown with really shitty pesticides, so i don't feel ok using that either. that leaves me with other plant fibers (mmmmm, bamboo), and animal fibers. i try to buy my animal fiber yarns from small farms and small manufacturers, but i feel like, in the grand environmental scheme of things, animal fibers are the least detrimental. also, i don't know anything about the bamboo fiber manufacturing process, which makes me nervous. anyone know anything about it? any other ideas on what i can knit with?

while i'm here, does anyone have any information on mistreatment of sheep in the yarn manufacturing business? i know merino is really bad, but it would be good to know about everything else. right now i feel like i'm just blindly following some code of what not to do. actually, it might be good to have this information in the community profile. anyone else agree?

i realize i probably sound weird and self-righteous, and some of you probably think that i don't deserve to call myself "vegan". but, i was just wondering if there were any other people out there who can commiserate with me. sometimes i feel lost in the vegan community because i'm more of an environmental person than an animal rights person, and i guess that's not that common among people i know.
Friday, August 17th, 2007
9:29 pm
[nelsolidarida]
Welcome and intro thread
Hi, I'm Nella and I just started this community earlier today, although it the idea has been buzzing around my mind and those of a few other people i know (who will hopefully join at some point) for a while now. I live in England and am doing a PhD in political theory. I have an ambition to knit while delivering lectures and give away the resulting scarf as a prize for grades or attendance at the end of the module. My diet and knitting are both about 90-95% vegan - one is compromised occasionally by imminent fainting due to a slightly effed-up system, the other more benignly by a tendency to frog wool items from jumble sales and so on. I don't, however, buy animal fibres new. And some people find that incomprehensible, which surprises me because i've never found the non-animal yarn selections restrictive. And i know there are knitters out who find animal cruelty abhorrent enough to at least avoid the worst offenders, and also vegans who knit.

Anyway, this thread is the place if you want to introduce yourself. I will try to get some FO pictures up in the next few days to get things started, but feel free to post anything relevant. :)
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