Hashtag fail

I have an admission to make. I bought wool. And angora fibre. I’m a failed vegan. 

Oh man, feel free to publicly berate me. Although, if I’m completely honest I don’t feel guilty about it, I just don’t want any ‘real’ vegans to find out. That I do feel a teensy bit guilty about.

When I first went vegan I decided that there was to be no more animal fibre. 

Then I decided that I would hold onto my stash and work my way through that but just not buy any more wool etc.

Then, after a fairly unsatisfying adventure into the world of faux cashmere (great spin, ok to knit with, rubbish to actually wear; it’s so shapeless) and a fingernail biting stint at cotton spinning I started researching animal sanctuaries. 

I found one the the U.S. where they rescue farm animals who live out their natural lives comfortably and happily and to fund this, they sell the fibre from the sheep and the angora bunnies. Now this seems like the ideal solution; I get to indulge my love of animal fibre while the animals are exploited  looked after and well cared for. 

Hmm, I’m ok-ish with this but I do know that many other vegans really wouldn’t be. Why does that bother me so much? Who knows and it is for my private consideration really.

Anyway onto the good stuff; my fibre-filled package (is there ever a better three words than those?) arrived earlier this week containing 100g of Margaret’s fleece; she’s a Romney sheep with the most beautiful soft and crimpy locks that had already been washed, as well as the same weight of angora bunny fibre (unfortunately no name).

I started on Margaret’s wool straight away. It only needed a couple of passes with my wool combs and a little spritz of spinning oil to make dreamy fibre clouds

  
These were spun worsted on the Matchless and I tried to spin a little thicker than my usual laceweight as I have a hat in mind for the finished yarn. It was heaven to spin; it’s the first time I’ve spun Romney and the staple length is a good few inches so really easy and quick (especially compared to the cotton!). The whole lot was combed, spun and plied in just a couple of evenings into a delicious hank of soft and springy yarn.

  

Someone really needs to invent ‘touch cam’.

And so my journey continues, as does yours, let’s make it a joyful one today.

In case you’re interested the sanctuary can be found Here and for my spinning oil I mix 4 parts water with 1 part olive oil and a few drops of lavender oil.

8 thoughts on “Hashtag fail

  1. salpal1

    gorgeous! As for the vegan issue – if it is all about animal care, then it seems to me that supporting the small local farms with your fiber dollars will ensure that you know your farmer and how they treat the animals and help support that type of agriculture. My favorite angora story comes from watching a woman spin at Maine’s Common Ground Fair. She had a big pile of fur in her lap, and she was spinning and chatting. It took me a while to realize she had the actual bunny sleeping in her lap, and she was plucking the fur from him as he slept. Clearly not a cruel thing (he was shedding, apparently) and it made me feel good about buying from her. 🙂

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  2. donnac368

    Beautiful! I really enjoy your blog. I have a question. Isn’t it vegan if no animals were harmed? I don’t know the rules. The angora bunnies look very happy when they get brushed, and as for sheep, over centuries we as humans have seen to it that they must get sheered for the health and life (whereas before we existed their coats weren’t continually growing.) I don’t want to start a flame, just curious about how vegan works when it comes to fiber.

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    1. weavingheart Post author

      I think there’s no hard and fast rule really. Some vegans believe we shouldn’t be using any animal product in any way as that is exploitation. Some vegans (including me) feel that where the animals are well cared for and live out their natural lives then it’s ok.

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  3. rmwk100

    Maybe the main thing is just to remember that being vegan isn’t a competition to see who can be the strictest vegan in order to have the highest self-esteem…. xxxxx

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  4. El Tries New Stuff

    You researched it properly and found a good alternative option I think ☺ angora is divine too. I can remember my grandma used to have a little cardigan made from it. Definitely not ethical I would have thought but it’s stuck in my mind!

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