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Not a lot of knitting around my house either. Seem to have stalled. Sigh!


funny you mention that, because i have a sock i'm working on in panda cotton, and i need to rip out a few rows and then pick stitches back up. i'm not vegan, but the person for whom i am making these socks, is, so this is my first experience with vegan sock yarn. not feeling it. the strands are not well plied, and they keep coming apart. i have set this sock aside and avoided it for a few months because i dread completing the ripping and picking back up. *sigh* if only it were as well plied as wool/nylon sock yarns.

Mary Lake

I have this problem too. I'm such a slow knitter. My knitting/cooking blog is 98% cooking, despite "mitten" being in the title. I've been making a necktie for the past month, so that's nothing to blog about. It looks the same, it just keeps getting longer...

sirine rached

heyy, i'm looking into veganism but i must say, vegan knitting using bamboo is very bad for the environment, i've heard... also bad for all the animals who live in the forests that are being destroyed to make way for bamboo plantations, like in Laos. bamboo fibre for yarn requires young shoots, which makes it impossible to grow it sustainably (unlike bamboo for furniture, which uses mature shoots), and also bamboo consumes LOADS of water, much more than cotton and hemp!!

i am at loss, do you have some vegan-knitter advice? thanks!


Hi Sirine,

Thanks for your comments and questions.

I understand about the various environmental impacts of the fibers I choose
to use and here are my thoughts:

1. Choosing to engage in a craft hobby means that I'm choosing to use

2. I can then either choose to buy new or used items to use in my craft.
I tend to use about 70% used, 30% new items. This means that I buy yarn
from other knitters, from thrift stores, at yard sales. I buy used or trade
needles. And I have an interchangeable set so that I can use it for almost
any project instead of buying more needles.

3. When I do buy new, I look at what I really need, and try to buy more
sustainable items some of the time. Conventional cotton, acrylic, nylon, and
conventional wool are all processed using lots of water and chemicals, and
some use oil which is completely non-sustainable. Bamboo isn't any worse
than they are. So I buy organic cotton when I can, and try to use as little
synthetic fibers made from petroleum products as possible.

4. With all of that said, I'm not worried about the amount of bamboo yarn I
use, especially when most of it is bought from other knitter's stashes. And
given the rest of my lifestyle which is extremely environmentally-aware, I
don't really worry at all. All my lights are CFL, I don't buy new clothing,
I recycle everything, I compost, I don't eat meat, I eat all organic food, I
use cloth napkins, I use cloth menstrual pads, I could go on and on. So
unless you are going to live a lifestyle like that, and then extend it
completely to your yarn, some bamboo here and there is pretty small in the
scheme of things.

5. With *that *said, there are many other vegan fibers you can knit with if
you feel uncomfortable about bamboo, keeping in mind that almost all yarn is
dyed with chemical dyes and bleached with chlorine. Hemp, linen, soy,
ramie, rayon, tencel, seacell are all made from vegan fibers.

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