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

http://nutmeg.gen.nz/fakesheep/yarns.html

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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From:aprilstarchild
Date:November 14th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
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The local farm animal sanctuary said they'd give me raw wool--they shear their sheep and other fleece animals to check for skin problems etc.

I know how to handspin on a drop spindle...I want to learn how to do it on a wheel, and I know I'd have to wash and card it first. In any case, that would mean lots of satisfaction from that wool.
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From:empresswu
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
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Totally! I dont mean to say anyone who does it is naughty, Im just working out if its ok for me to do..

I remember carding! hours and hours...its really soothing actually!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm of the school of thought that it's not intrinsically wrong to get things from animals, but 98% of the time we do it in ways I have issues with. Wool from rescued animals that lead peaceful lives is about as ethical as I can imagine!

I've helped a friend card before...whew. I can see why women would sit in circles and gossip while doing handcrafts. And still do!
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From:aprilstarchild
Date:November 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
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*rolls eyes* Helps if I'm signed in.
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From:empresswu
Date:March 2nd, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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hey I found this comment in the dregs of my now mostly deleted inbox! I agree about aquiring fibre from happy animals, its just that I would have to see those animals with my own two eyes before I could determine if they were happy enough for me to exploit their hair. Im a little wierd tho.. :) Also, Im adding you, because you are veggie and into harry potter. nuff said.
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From:aprilstarchild
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
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Be aware: I post pretty frequently. Like, several times a day sometimes.
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From:empresswu
Date:March 5th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
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Nooo problem, I check my friends list several times a day, so I wont miss anything!
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From:beautifulwolf
Date:November 14th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
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Do you spin? I spin a lot of "humane raised" fibers from dogs owned by friends, to llama owned by a local show breeder- each the llama have names and are WELL taken care of, included a heated barn in the winter (and Oregon is mild weather!) Some of my llama fiber will be for sale again at the neauveau.com site again this winter after she gets it all prepped and washed.

I sell my yarns on her site and occasionally have cotton, dog, or llama from my favorite farm available.

I'm not vegan or vegetarian but am very into humane raising of animals and livestock and enviromentally friendly farming so am right with you on being concerned about chemicals and such.

I've spun a cotton and chiengora (AKA dog fluff) blend yarn out of a Chow mix dog that turned out really nice! If you contact dog groomers often they are willing to save fluff. I don't need to hit up groomers for my stash since I have plenty from dog buddies, and breeder friends being a dog trainer myself *G*
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From:empresswu
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
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Not yet! I just got the book! Ill check out your site for sure!
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From:corrina0703
Date:November 25th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
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wow...that is a great link. I will certainly use it as a reference time and time again,
From:moiraclunie
Date:January 24th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
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hey, thanks for recommending my site! i'm glad you found it useful.

just a quick note to say that the vegan yarns page has moved slightly and is now at:
http://nutmeg.gen.nz/fakesheep/vegan-yarns/
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