I'm a happy vegan and a happy knitter. I'm trying to find some alternatives to wool, and while I know they are out there, are there any downsides? Will my socks suffer if made with cotton? Is there warping or any odd side affects from using un-natural fibers? And if anyone has a favorite source for some animal friendly fibers, please share!
I reject your reality, and substitute my own...
I am sincerely curious what your rationale is behind not wearing wool -- or any animal-based fiber -- from animals who are not harmed in the acquisition of their fur? It isn't like leather where the animal has to be killed.
Not being antagonistic - I am sincerely curious...
I've wondered that myself, Carrie. I'm looking forward to an answer.
FO: 2 stockinette stitch scarves with fringe; 1 pair of legwarmers; 4 2-inch wide bracelets seamed with 3-needle bo; 1 flower-shaped dishcloth using DPNs!!; a green dishcloth for ME; From the 2008 Knitting Calendar: Jan 21 "Halfa", Jan 3 "Cabled Baby Hat"!!
OTN: "The Ugly Scarf"; another flower dishcloth; more dishcloths for myself;
I am also vegan and the reason that I don't choose to use wool or other animal-based fibers is because I believe all animals deserve to be on this earth on their own terms, not just for another species' use. As far as them not being hurt that's not actually true in all cases. Some wool "manufacturers" have a problem with blow flies laying eggs in the wool so, in order to keep the eggs out of the wool they will take a chunk of the sheep's skin off so that the flies have somewhere else to lay.