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« on: December 13, 2006 10:31:18 AM »

Using the chunky cabled beanie pattern http://stitchcafe.com/freepatterns.html but need to use yarn that has no animal fibers for a friend who is Vegan - Does anyone have a suggestion for a chunky/bulky weight yarn that would work for cables - tried one that was awful - had no stretch to it, so I was left with gaps after the cables - looked terrible. Made a couple with Lion Brand Wool Ease and they came out great.

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2006 10:33:06 AM »

My old roomie is vegan. We were always on the seach for nice yarns with no silk, wool, mohair... She used Softee Chunky for hats and scarves. It feels like acrylic, but it isn't terrible.

« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2006 02:44:03 PM »

Check out http://www.blondechickenboutique.com There's a yarn that looks like the sari-silk yarns but vegan-friendly... Might work for the beanie.I think she has some soy yarns too. Bamboo yarns are super yummy. http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/South_West_Trading_Company_Yarn-Bamboo_Yarn-1246.html

You'd have to double or triple strand it though...


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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2006 03:37:28 PM »

Bamboo, cotton, polyester.... Lots of artificial choices out there.

« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006 08:12:15 AM »

Soy silk has all kinds of awesome things to recommend it - warmer than cotton, antibacterial, etc. Check out Southwest Trading Company's web site for more info - they make a great varigated soy silk called Phoenix. Don't know if their dying process is vegan, but I wouldn't be suprised - they are very to-funky.
Blue Sky makes a really plush organic cotton worsted - yummy!
Cottage Industry also has a super organic cotton called Pakucho.
Also, I think AllHemps is vegan, and that comes in fabulous colors.
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2006 10:13:19 AM »

Thanks for all the great recommendations - decisions-decisions!
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2006 12:16:25 PM »

There is also yarn made from corn by SWTC, from soy & polypropyllene by K1C2, and from banana fibers as well (google banana silk, not sure of manufacturer - it might be various small collectives that produce and market it).
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2006 01:22:35 PM »

www.hemptraders.com is a great source for hemp yarns, both dyed and undyed.  If they don't have a bulky weight (I think they only have worsted), you can always hold it doubled when you knit. 


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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2006 11:40:32 PM »

I guess I'm playing devil's advocate here... but all those synthetic fibers are petrochemical products, and really energy expensive to produce.  Also not biodegradable. Seems like there are a lot of options in wool products that are a lot more environmentally responsible than the artificial fibers.

But that's the principle I use to make my choices.  What else is guiding our yarn buying choices?  Just wondering what everybody thinks...
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2007 08:14:33 PM »

Concurrence with geobabe's observation on this one... coming from a temporary but mostly recovered corporate oil shill...

Sounds like you may be restricted to plant fibers, which may not help too much with providing the give and stretch you're looking for. 

If the hat isn't a surprise, I would advise talking to the Vegan in question and discussing these different options.  Maybe they could be talked into some wool for the hat, or you could make something else that would work better with cotton or the like.

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