Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Crochet plans

This is my next crochet project. I have, possibly insanely, agreed to make it for a Craftster swap. I am optimistic as I think the swap deadline will motivate me. Although my 2nd sock is still unstarted, I can put that off for awhile for this wrap, which will be done in black. I even went right from teaching yesterday to JoAnns to get the yarn which is Lion Brand Micro-Spun and is so soft! And acrylic, yet soft. I have been having some problems with my ethics and crocheting. I am a vegetarian, and I try really hard to not wear animal products like wool, leather and silk. However, so many nice yarns are wool! I've managed to stick to the acrylic or cotton this far, but a lot of the acrylic does feel plastic-y. The sock was in cotton which I really enjoyed, and now this microspun is impressing me with its softness, so maybe that is something I can use more of in the future.

On that note, if anyone knows of some cruelty free wool, I'd love to hear about it. I emailed KnitPicks to ask about the conditions in which the animals they get their wool from are raised, but they never wrote back, alas.

6 comments:

Norah said...

That's a beautiful shawl pattern and will look great in Microspun. What color did you get?

katie said...

I'm doubtful about Knitpicks treatment of their animals. It's kind of like fast food, right? When it's that cheap, do you really want to know where it comes from? Have you checked out Peace Fleace? They are all into peace and stuff, so maybe they are also good to their animals.

That shawl is awesome, by the way.

Laurie said...

Norah, I got the Microspun in Ebony, as the recipient requested black. I think it should be nice. I am also excited to try a shawl.

Katie, thanks for the Peace Fleace recommendation! They might be okay. I at least saw some Romanian sheep wandering about. I also found a place in New York state that is nice to their sheep. the problem is it is mostly too expensive.

I was hoping Knitpicks would be nice, as they get their yarn from South America and in my experience non US countries have so much less factory farming. But you are right that the cheap price probably does not bode well.

Katie said...

I just read this entry, and thought of your search for not animal fiber:
http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/nonwoolysockyarn.htm

Laurie said...

oooh! That is a great site. I should send her my cotton yarn I made the sock out of. I also have gotten a good list of other possibilities going and will post it someday. Now I have to make up a test and grade 90 million papers.

Laura said...

Laurie:

Check out Malabrigo yarns: http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/index.html

You should email them and ask how they treat their animals. Because their wool is so soft and the colors are amazing.