What a Yarn: knitcroblo7

Just over a year ago I went vegan, which will of course make this final blog (knitcroblo7) in the Knit and Crochet Blog Week a little different to most.

Being vegan means that, as well as not eating animal products, I also don't use them in any other form. This includes wools from any animal and silk products, any mixed yarn that may contain any amount of either of those products and also yarns (often cottons) that include milk proteins.

Over time, with the help of my local yarn store and our beloved internet I have found a wide range of yarns (mostly cottons) that are amazingly soft and a joy to knit with.

Obviously, now I've got you here, I would like to get you thinking about where your yarns come from. For me, I feel that it is not right to own any animal and use the animal for it's products, no matter how great the welfare standards. Have you ever considered how silk is produced or what happens to sheep during their lives when producing wool (see mulesing) and afterwards (see the supermarket)?

I believe all animals, human and non, have the right to be free and equal and that is why I choose to buy and make knitted and crochet products which are 100% vegan. I hope next time you come to buy some yarn you take a moment to consider it's origins.


a girl in winter said...

Very thought provoking. Thanks for posting this.

WorstedKnitt said...

Thank you for posting this, it's always important to keep these issues in people's awareness.

Lauren said...

Good for you! I am attempting my first week of veganism from today but I love to knit. Are this 100% vegan wool you use expensive?

Kelly Monster said...

Hey Lauren,

So good to hear you're going vegan, if you need any support just let me know, I'd be happy to help.

As for the yarns, the prices range from regular acrylics, which are usually very cheap (from £1), to cottons or cotton blends (such as with bamboo) which can range from around £2.50 to £9 per skein depending on the brand. It's as cheap or as expensive as you choose to make it!

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