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January 24th, 2007

moiraclunie @ 08:51 pm: fake sheep is back!
hi, i'm moira, and i write the vegan knitting blog fake sheep. i just wanted to post a quick note to say that i've recently relaunched the blog - i've started posting again, have been updating the vegan yarn page a lot, and i have new blog software that manages my spam comments, & pulls in my knitting bookmarks from del.icio.us & my photos from flickr. i'm pretty excited about it all.

the syndicated feed at fakesheep is working again too, so you could add it to your friends' list if you want to know when i update.

November 14th, 2006

tim_and_tracy @ 12:51 pm: rant against omnivore magazines with research
I keep receiving vegetarian / omnivore food magazines in the mail. Oddly enough, these magazines seem to do nothing but extort the value of dairy products and animal meats. In Eating Well, it had an entire article stating how healthy different meats were, and how you should eat these meats in place of vitamins. What angered me, is that of course, many nuts / vegetables have much higher vitamin amounts than the meats. I will quote this passage from Eating Well December 2006, in an article titled "These Supplements May Save Your Life ... Or Not."

Many things about this article were wrong, stating things that selenium was best found in poultry (not nuts) and that there was no real vegetarian form of B12. What about yeast???

"Calcium: Three to four servings of low fat dairy skim milk (8 oz), yogurt (8 oz), low fat cheese (1.5 oz)- will deliver your recommended daily dose (1000 mg if you're 50 or younger, 1200 mg 50+) When diet falls short, take a separate 500 mg supplement (calcium is too bulky to fit all you need into a multi). Clinical trials show that, in combination with vitamin D, calcium supplements improve bone density and reduce fracture risk in postmenopausal women."

What annoys me most about this quote, is the vagueness of it. If one really wanted to have the right amount of calcium, according to the text, they could easily get it from some milk, yogurt or cheese.

It does not state however that, when we compare calcium amounts from dairy products to vegetables, the vegetables have much more calcium.

From Sproutman's Kitchen Garden, in a chart presenting Nutrition In Milk vs. Non Dairy Foods.

"100 mg of milk has 118 calcium,
100 mg of swiss cheese has 925 calcium,
100 mg of kelp has 1093 calcium,
100 mg of dulce has 296 calcium,
100 mg of carob has 352 calcium."

This quote expresses that the other calcium sources have a much higher amount of calcium than milk. Here is another quote, from Food Allergy Survival Guide, "as mineral contributors, green veggies again take center stage. Calcium rich greens are kale, broccoli, okra, Napa cabbage, turnip greens, mustard greens, and Asian greens, such as bok choy. In fact, we absorb calcium from these twice as readily as from cow's milk."

I thought the last line of the quote was quite telling. If the editors knew such a fact, would they be presenting the full truth as to the nutritional value of calcium? Why would they suggest dairy sources, when they are not even as easy to digest as their vegetable counterparts? Why did the article not mention any vegetable sources of calcium at all?

Also, what I least understand in promoting dairy products so much, is the enormous amount of people, who know from experience that they are lactose intolerant. Even my mother, refuses to try any other milk, but lactaid.

"In the case of lactose intolerance, about 75 percent of the world's population loses, to some degree, the ability to digest milk sugar (lactose) after the "normal" time of weaning, about four years of age... When most humans mature beyond the age of weaning, production of the enzyme lactase declines. If milk is consumed, undigested lactose remains in the intestine, resulting in digestive problems. Thus the inability of adults to digest milk that nature designed for a baby calf can be viewed as a normal human condition, and not as a disease or system failure." (Food Allergy Survival Guide)

If it is common knowledge that milk is not easy to digest, and that most people after age four cannot digest it, then why do we have such a milk obsessed society? Why are more people not aware that milk is put into everything? Can all of these omnivore consumers really ignore the demands of their bodies? Or does everyone just have upset stomachs regularly?

If articles continue to be printed, extolling the high value of dairy, people will stop their research at their reading of the article. To see the article confirm, that their dairy consumption habits are acceptable, only encourages people to continue in that same vein. Again, to reference my mother, she tells me that she loves to eat ice cream, because it is good for her. This type of logic is so wrong, so founded in false facts, that when one knows the truth, they must share it with the world.

In the instance of the vegan vs omnivore, all of the vegans know they are making the better choices, while all of the omnivores continue to bring themselves daily, regular upset stomachs.

September 19th, 2006

tim_and_tracy @ 02:24 pm: Paper making class suggestions
Hello! I am working on writing up a class description for a paper making class that I will teach this Spring at the community college where I work. Does anyone here have any good techniques for paper making that they think would be good for a class setting? The class is focused on using organic, found ingredients, like paper from local grasses, using dried flowers, etc. Any advice would be appreciated.


August 31st, 2006

starfishshining @ 02:05 am: Best vegan yarn alternative for silk yarn????
Hi. ;) I LOVE the feel and look of silk lol .... and I'm a pretty good knitter. But I am looking for a vegan alternative to silk yarn. What texture/ feel wise (and looks wise) but texture feels wise in particular do you think most closely "mimics" silk yarn? i.e. rayon, tencel, polymide, soy silk, banana silk, model etc.?????? :)

June 2nd, 2006

moonfroggy @ 11:25 am: new moderator?
i am currently thinking about maybe leaving lj on the 6th
if i do that we will need a new moderator, if i don't leave then i could still use a co-moderator since i haven't done a very good job of letting people know about this place so it is very quiet here

May 19th, 2006

abazureonna @ 12:22 pm: New, and with a question...
Hi! I'm so happy to have found this community.

I was wondering if any of you had a favorite online source for plant fibers?

Thanks. :)

edit: More specifically, I'm looking for plant fibers for handspinning.

May 12th, 2006

moonfroggy @ 05:14 pm: baby booties and hats and things
i'm wanting to start knitting again, and i'm wanting to make things like baby booties and baby hats and baby blankets and maybe some baby clothes (i have babies on the brain we plan to start trying to conceive in early fall late summer) anyhow anyone here make this type of stuff out of cotton or linen or anything? i am thinking because they are not very stretchy and stuff they may not be so good for booties and hats but they should be fine for blankets, if i have to use synthetics for baby clothes does anyone have anything to recommend? i would rather get more expensive really soft nice yarn than cheap crunchy yarn and really i don't like synthetics much, maybe i could make stuff out of the fixation sock yarn? also anyone have any good free patterns or know any good web pages?
i may also end up sewing some stuff cuz that would be nice, i haven't done much sewing but i want to learn and baby things use so much less fabric it seems like a good project to start with, any thoughts on sewing baby clothes and things? a nice knit organic cotton would probably work well, if i get preggers quickly after we start trying to conceive the baby will be born when it is very warm out.

Current Mood: creative

January 12th, 2006

bareftinthesnow @ 06:23 pm: finger foods
What kinds of food does one serve at a knitting party? Ordinarily I'd have seasonal fruit (which right now means mandarin oranges), chips and salsa, pitas and hummus...

My Indian friend was going to help me cook, and initially I wanted to have all Indian food but samosas and pakodas are just so messy! I think pitas and hummus are still on, but what else should I offer that won't make for sticky hands and spills?

P.S. No cow at my table. No cow juice either.

November 25th, 2005

corrina0703 @ 01:32 pm: hi..I am a new member and glad to be here.I am a NYC area vegan/animal rights activist and a crocheter. I was looking up links for organic cotton yarn and came across this community. I am currently using organic yarn for the first time (I am making a poncho for my sister as a Christmas gift..loving the pattern...if anyone interested, I would be more than glad to share it)I am interested in finding out more information about organic cotton yarns,and cheap places to purchase( I spent almost $80 for 2 projects..I am hoping I got enough for them, because I don't think i can afford anymore skeins.....lol) I just placed a bid on ebay for 2 lbs of yarn...but if i do get it, I would need to dye it. I am so used to the acrylic dyed yarns out there, so this is a wonderful new experience for me. Any information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!


Current Mood: coldcold

November 13th, 2005

empresswu @ 08:36 pm: HI!
I am new here and wanted to share a helpful link!


Also the LJ user mypapercrane has a cool zine called 'Spin Spin' that has all kinds of helpful spinning/dying/aquiring fibre free/humanely!

I like knitting, and am doing so with maddness for Xmas coming up! I mostly use cotton, but Im trying soysilk soon. (I worry about the pesticides needed for cotton..)I used to felt a bunch, but Ive been vegan for 3 years, so no more animal fibre for me! (unless I can get it from a pet or something...Im still chewing on the ethics of the whole thing.) I havent spun before, and probably wont until next year sometime..

So there is my rambling intro! Ill go back to knitting a Harry Potter scarf! (oooo xmas!)

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