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.