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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008 09:49:13 AM »

I say go with a well made synthetic substitute- I think that plant fibers don't do well, as evidenced by the poor performance of corn and cotton in my science fair project.

Superchloe, I really want to know what happened to the corn fabric! I didn't even know it existed before this morning when I found http://www.kollageyarns.com/yarns.php?cid=26

Leika, you may want to check that site out. I can't recommend any of it, because I haven't actually used any of this yarn, but they have corn, soy, bamboo, and a lot of acrylics. (Kollage advertised on gmail when I logged in this morning, and I couldn't resist looking!)
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2008 07:48:47 PM »



Superchloe, I really want to know what happened to the corn fabric! I didn't even know it existed before this morning when I found http://www.kollageyarns.com/yarns.php?cid=26


Cool site! Thanks for posting it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2008 10:25:15 AM »

I am one of those vegan knitters not ashamed to use acrylics.  if you touch and look through enough yarns, you can find very beautiful, soft yarns.  also cotton yarn is fabulous for a variety of patterns.  i'm a poor grad student and so haven't looked into other options like hemp and bamboo (which my guess are more expensive than my budget at this point)

but then again i don't knit much clothing, and i can see where it could become a problem if drape/etc. is a factor in the pattern

one word of warning: when using acrylic in place of wool (for, say a hat or plush toy), and the pattern calls for felting, i sometimes modify the pattern so that from the beginning i'm making it the size of the Finished dimensions, since acrylic won't really felt much at all.

good luck, and yay vegan knitters Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2008 02:28:31 PM »

I am one of those vegan knitters not ashamed to use acrylics.  if you touch and look through enough yarns, you can find very beautiful, soft yarns.  also cotton yarn is fabulous for a variety of patterns.  i'm a poor grad student and so haven't looked into other options like hemp and bamboo (which my guess are more expensive than my budget at this point)



Bamboo yarn is on sale at Michael's this week! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2008 04:07:31 PM »

There are plenty of AWESOME acrylics out there.  Very pretty and soft ones that are a pleasure to knit with.  I use a damn lot of acrylic yarns.  Sure, natural fibres are warmER, but that doesn't mean that the acrylics aren't warm either!

Anyway, on that note, while I do use a lot of acrylics, I also use a lot of natural fibres.  (I just use a lot of yarn period...)  Cotton is alright, but bamboo yarn has such a nice feel to it and can have a bit of sheen too. 

In my search for new fibres I've come across stuff called "Seacell", yarn made out of seaweed.  It apparently has health benefits such as skin protecting and anti-inflamatory properties too!  I don't know if you can get pure seacell, or seacell mixed with acrylic though, as the only 2 I've seen so far have been blended with silk or wool.  Anyway, it might be worth checking into, it seems really interesting!

I substitute yarns all the time because plain and simply, I can't afford the really expensive yarns that a lot of patterns call for, and because the selection in my town sucks.  As long as the weight and gauge are similar between the yarn the pattern calls for and the stuff your using, you should be good to go.
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2008 07:51:14 PM »

I want seacell yarn! I would be happy finding soy yarn (not blended with wool) in my area!
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