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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Non-animal yarn help on: November 02, 2008 09:18:01 AM
I totally agree about synthetic fabics and I do try to avoid them. I started this thread with the hope that you guys and gals could offer some great alternatives to the yarns that I currently rely on.

To clarify my philosophy, I try to avoid all products that exploit animals. I do realize that wool can be aquired humanely, but after some extensive reading on the Australian wool industry I can't buy wool in good conscience (if you want more information please visit www.woolisbaad.com). I might however buy recycled wool or unravel old sweaters.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread and please keep the ideas coming. *robyn

Have you considered buying wool or animal fiber yarn from a local spinner?

I am a handspinner.  I am also a member of a spinning and weaving guild.  A lot of our members raise their own fiber animals.  These animals are generally very well taken care of, or even very spoiled.  If the animal is stressed it will create weak spot in the fiber that could cause it to be unusable.

Alpacas, Llamas, goats (mohair or cashmere) and sheep are all sheared.  Angora Rabbits are either plucked or have the hair cut off, if this is not done they can and will die...  Some people use dog fur that is left over from when they groom them.  A member of our guild was recently spinning with buffalo fiber which can be collected from fences and shrubs that it brushes off on or it can even be saved from the hides when they process them for meat.

If you are against animals that have had a lot of their natural instincts and qualities bred out of them, you could consider using fiber from a more primitive breed like Shetland Sheep. 

If you purchase yarn from a local source, you may have the oppotunity to see how the animals are treated and feel more confident when you know you arent dealing with something that is raised in a huge commercial opperation...
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: HOW TO UNRAVEL A SWEATER TO RECYCLE THE YARN!!! on: November 05, 2006 04:08:11 PM
Thank you so much for posting this tutorial.  It is such a wonderful idea; you really do get a lot of yarn out of one sweater. 

Now all I have to do is find a good thrift store... most of the sweaters I saw at Goodwill yesterday were $6.

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: March 20, 2006 09:03:53 PM
This is my tattoo, I have had it for almost a year now.. no regrets... it is covering a homemade tattoo that my ex put on me... yea.. I was a dumbass.  I think that shops with the rule about not tattoing lovers names have a damn good idea.

This picture was taken within a couple hours of having it done, thats why it looks the way it does.  It is on my right shoulder.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/xthexmemoryxremainsx/detail?.dir=2b28&.dnm=81e8re2.jpg

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Jewel Case Wall with Tutorial on: November 13, 2005 01:53:02 PM
I love the project.. very original. 

As far as people asking about how to do it to still be able to open cases... I've seen somewhere that someone invented some kind of plastic frame that you can slide your cds into for storage and hang them on the wall. You can still open and close the cases.  I'm not sure what they called it, but you could probably find it online somewhere. 
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Grocery Bag Rain Coat and Umbrella on: November 10, 2005 02:56:06 PM
That is absolutely awesome and I love the thought behind it as well.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: need input for a newspaper article i'm writing on: March 22, 2005 07:30:02 PM
I will be 21 soon, and I just taught myself to knit this past december in my quest to learn everything(well, almost everything).

I don't really know anyone else that knits; I learned online.  I think it is somewhat popular, but I don't know many knitters personally.  I just tend to see multiple people in the yarn aisle at the craft store when I go.

I think knitting has become more popular in recent years; its not so much looked at as something for grandmothers.  Maybe it has something to do with people trying to stand out and be more original.  

I think knitting is definately seen as a domestic art by a lot of people.  I know that when my friends (who are mostly guys) find out that I knit, they tend to be... shocked? because its seen as something domestic and "girly," and I am pretty much a tom-boy.
      
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: local prices in your stores on: March 14, 2005 07:44:08 PM
JoAnn Fabrics is pretty well known around here, they have a pretty big chain of store, but I'm not sure how widespread they are. 

I went to Pat Catans today which is basically a discount craft store, and they had darice seed beads for $0.72 for 20 grams and about $2.40 for 100 grams.  They also had the giant seed beads for $4 for half a pound, and I got a small tube of japanese glass beads that was 7 grams for $1.19. 

 I have no idea about conversions, but hopefully that will help.     
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a watch head on: March 13, 2005 12:53:57 PM
you could always just buy a watch an take the band off so you can make your own.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: local prices in your stores on: March 13, 2005 12:45:45 PM
I'm going to be going to Pat Catans probably tomorrow and I wil check on bead prices while I'm there and let you know.  In the meantime, here is a link to the JoAnn Fabrics site bead section. 

http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml;$sessionid$UZMFMAYAAF1Q4P4SY5LRIHR50LD3UEPO?CATID=2054

It does sound like you are paying higher prices there than what you can find here in the US.
 
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Basket Weaving! on: March 11, 2005 08:34:44 AM
Pine needle baskets sound awesome.  I think I have seen them somewhere, but I never really thought about making any.  We have a huge white pine in our yard, so I'm sure I can find all the pine needles I would ever want, but I've never doen any basketweaving or anything.  Does anyone have any tips for trying to make them?
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