Ungoliant, mother of Shelob was known as the Spider of Night. She wove her dark webs and devoured all light, creating Unlight. Of her many wicked deeds, she may be best known for draining the life from the Two Trees of Valinor. Afterwards she demanded Morgoth give her the gems stolen from Formenos and she devoured those as well.
The Ungoliant warp is inspired by the ‘Gloomweaver’ with touches of the unlight she creates and the light and gems she devours (unashamedly plagiarised from WildHair Fiber as she puts it so well and if I include the link maybe someone will take a look at her shop and buy something).
Anyway, weaving isn’t really what I wished to write about today. This post is much calmer than the original one I had planned but thankfully I have learned enough bout blogging to know when to sit on things a few days before telling you about it. I am no longer going to use the label ‘vegan’ in respect to myself.
I have been a member of several online communities for quite few years now, from Ravelry to smaller fibre based Facebook groups or online forums about health issues. On the whole people I come across in those are generally friendly, kind and supportive. I have found friends through some of them and endless inspiration and knowledge.
So it was natural for me to join some vegan groups too. I have since left them all (except a couple on Ravelry) as there is a preponderance of mean, vindictive folk many of whom like to play the ‘I’m more vegan than you’ game. They feel entitled to point out that you can’t possibly be vegan because you buy things containing palm oil/figs/fairy dust or use plastic toothbrushes, frog hair or pre loved wool. The list is endless and just when you think you have it cracked another one pops up to judge your lifestyle. I have to point out that there are also many lovely member of these groups but I have found myself more upset by comments made by some other vegans in just a few months than I ever have from other online communities.
I have an illness that is exacerbated by stress so I try to minimise that as much as possible.
It’s funny because pre vegan days no one thought to question my choices but there seems that once you start calling yourself vegan, the world and it’s cat think it’s ok to have a go. Well I’m back to being just me thanks and if you feel the urge to judge me remember that when you point a finger at someone there are always three other fingers pointing back.