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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shrimp explosion? (Loopy & Luscious) on: June 23, 2004 04:08:05 PM
ahh, that looks so lovely! not to diss the knitty version, but yours looks better!

i want to make it now, but being sensitive to wool and mohair and a strict vegetarian (so silk is out of the question too), i'll have to use different yarns.

looks a bit like silly string!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for some easy baby blankets to make. on: June 12, 2004 05:10:58 PM
a blanket is just a big square or rectangle. so crochet a big square or rectangle.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:ideas for not so much yarn on: April 30, 2004 03:44:13 PM
a blanket made of many knitted squares sewn together
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:DPN's rather than circs??? on: April 29, 2004 08:05:52 AM
try dpns, it's exactly the same principle as circs, there are just more of them.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Challenge of the week on: April 27, 2004 10:54:08 AM
wow the tape measure bag is inspired!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:NEVER BEFORE on: April 27, 2004 10:51:23 AM
i recommend, if possible, get someone to teach you.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Open Cast on? How? on: April 27, 2004 10:48:29 AM
html doesn't work in posts.

i learned to do this recently
piece of advice - if you get something daft by following the instructions, just look at the picture of what it's supposed to look like and try to make it look like that!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:What am I doing wrong? on: April 22, 2004 03:37:10 AM
stocking stitch  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Non-animal yarn help on: April 19, 2004 02:57:43 PM
Hi.  I'm just curious.  I know you're a vegan but why does it matter if the yarn comes from an animal?  You don't hurt or kill the animal so why would it be a problem?  Just curious.

err i think you may have misunderstood the difference between veganism & vegetarianism.
vegetarianism = not killing animals, so nothing made from dead animals
veganism = not using animals, so not using anything that comes from an animal.

i am not a vegan, so correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe the idea is that it is wrong to breed the sheep to have more hair than nature intended and basically use them as commodities, just so we can have nice wool.

you may think that the animal does not mind being farmed, and that's your opinion, but a vegan might say that you can't ask the animal for its consent to be farmed, so by default it's wrong to do it. whether the farming is humane is not necessarily the point.

10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Non-animal yarn help on: April 19, 2004 09:58:02 AM
i sympathise - i am allergic to many animal yarns and am a vegetarian so don't use silk. frankly from what i've heard about the treatment of sheep i would think twice about buying wool even if i could wear it.

i think the best non-animal yarns for most purposes are acrylic-cotton blends, eg rowan all-seasons cotton. they have more elasticity and are less drying on the hands than pure cotton, and are more breathable than acrylic, which doesn't absorb moisture, so if you sweat while wearing it, you stay sweaty.  Tongue
your options are really limited to synthetics like rayon and acrylic, cotton, and the lesser available hemp and linen, but you can get a pretty wide variety of interesting yarns from these.

i am not well-informed about the dyes used by yarn manufacturers but you may want to investigate the possibility that anything red, brown, purple, pink or orange may have been dyed with cochineal.

ann points out that synthetic fibres use chemicals and processes which may be harmful, but i must point out that any fibre is processed - i mean, wool does not grow on the sheep in ready-coloured 4ply strands which are cut from the animal by nomadic shepherds with flint hand-axes, and then transported to the shops in horse-drawn carts! i mean, unless you live a seriously alternative lifestyle it's a bit much to expect that nothing you do will harm anything at all.
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