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NVR: For the knitters out there...

So, since becoming vegan, I've become felting-deprived. I used to make bags, hats, bowls, etc. out of felted wool yarn; however, I have yet to find vegan alternatives suitable for felting--are there any, or do I need to find a new knitting outlet?

There are lots of options--fear not. Several online companies sell organic (or not) cotton yarn. Also, if you don't mind synthetic there's a whole host of these kinds of yarn. Hemp, soy, and bamboo are also becoming really popular. I've never tried felting with any of these ...I don't know that you can. I'm not sure how strongly you feel about the wool issue, but I do know some folks who buy wool sweaters at thrift stores, unravel them, and then reuse the yarn as a way of still using the wool fiber they like, but not contributing to the cruelty of the wool industry.

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Yeah, there are tons of amazing vegan friendly yarns out there--I love yarn stores! However, it was mostly the felting thing I was wondering about. I would rather not support the wool industry at all--that's why I was hoping there was some other material that might felt. If not, life goes on :) I might try felting with soy yarn--I had a soy/wool blend once that was mostly soy and it felted, so that might work...

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I'd be surprised if you can felt with anything other than wool.  Felting sort of gives the wool hairs that rastifarian thing and felting is the sheep equivalent of dreadlocks.

Now...lots of those microfiber hairy yarns exist out there.  They aren't felted, but you can trust me, they are addictive to work with!

Or, you could just switch your particular knitting addiction.  Have you ever knitted socks? If you haven't and you don't mind an addiction, please start.  They are fun, fast and easy to carry around with you.  They have a certain hand feel that can't be equalled.  There are also tons of cotton and nylon blends out there that make sturdy, silky-feeling socks that are luciously beautiful and a shame to put on stinky old feet! There are lots of self-striping yarns too.  Plus, you can get a lot of free sock patterns on line.

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SOY yarn??? WTH?? The mind is boggling so much I'm dizzy!!  :o :o :o
Link, please?

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Check it out: http://knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/031009_a.asp

From this link, it looks like soy yarn alone won't felt--oh well. I totally didn't know it came from tofu manufacturing waste--how cool! I love when waste products get turned into something useful!

Ladydragonfly--I might have to venture into the knitted sock world. There is a girl in my knitting club who is the knitted sock queen (I have no idea how she whips them out so quickly!). I've always been slightly intimidated of those teeny tiny needles, but I was intimidated of tofu the first time I bought it, too, so I'll just have to be brave ;)

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RE: Sock knitting...

Besides doing the ribbing, it is all knit or stockinette stitch around and around and around, no purling!!  Turning the heel is a short row technique and once learned is quite easy.  A row or round for a sock might be all of 50 stitches which is how it moves so very quickly and you only knit and don't purl. 

Now, you can use those DPNs to do it, or there are methods of sock knitting that use 2 sets of circular needles.  I prefer the DPNs myself, but I learned to knit about 40 yrs ago now (I was very young) and I am sort of old-fashioned about things.  I'll see if I can find a link to may favorite group of sockers.

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i'm guessing that some of the cheap wools and what not are artificial or acrylic....sorry that i couldn't be of better help.

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Wild...this reminds me of a documentary I saw of a man making "pearls" out of mayo and beer and something else...some mineral...calcium probably.
I can't remember if I ever shared this story but I don't think so, the soy yarn and mayo pearls made me remember it. One of my friends has a bf who is a chemical engineer. She was complaining he wasn't romantic, that he was on another planet etc. so for her birthday he took her to a jeweler's to buy her a "romantic". She was looking at some pearls and he asked how much they were. He was told that particular strand were $400 Euros. "$400E??" he exploded. "For calcium carbonate???"  ;D

RE: socks, there are some super-short circular needles out there. Elizabeth Zimmerman used to sell them from Schoolhouse Knits. I haven't knit for almost 10 yrs (she sobs) but I have made mittens on these circular needles and they are of course easier to handle than 4 or 5 sock needles.

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felting is the sheep equivalent of dreadlocks

LDF, I LOVE that imagery.  ;D  ;D

perhaps you could incorporate it into one of your paintings???

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My mother has gotten back into knitting and she wants to knit something for me. But all the synthetic wools she's used don't behave for her, are impossible to count rows, or hurt her fingers (something about the texture being sharp, like fishing nylon). What the best wool/yarn alternative to knit with for things like scarfs or jerseys or hats?

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I've given up on trying to find an incredibly long, skinny scarf and I'm going to attempt to knit my own.  I've just watched a lot of YouTube videos about casting on.  I think I'm only going to use the basic knit stitch. 

I'm moving up this thread because:

1.  I'll have questions
or
2.  I'll get really into it and want other project suggestions

Get yur knit on!

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Yay knitting  :)>>>
I've only been buying the crappy acrylic yarn stuff, just because i'm learning.
Making a hat soon. Yay.

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I've given up on trying to find an incredibly long, skinny scarf and I'm going to attempt to knit my own.  I've just watched a lot of YouTube videos about casting on.  I think I'm only going to use the basic knit stitch. 

I'm moving up this thread because:

1.  I'll have questions
or
2.  I'll get really into it and want other project suggestions

Get yur knit on!

Do it!  Cast on 15 or 20 stitches, then just knit across every row.  Count the stitches at the end of each row so you can tell if you've dropped any. 

Did you go to knittinghelp dot com?  They have the best videos.

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I crochet. Can I have a cookie?

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www.ravelry.com is a great resource, especially for patterns. i need to get back into it  :)>>> it's great to pick up where you left off on projects a few minutes here and there, or if you're watching a film....

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I don't have speed yet, but I'm pretty good at consistent tension.  I did ten stiches wide and during Cool Hand Luke (first time I've seen it - love it) I completed nine inches worth of scarf.

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I've given up on trying to find an incredibly long, skinny scarf and I'm going to attempt to knit my own.  I've just watched a lot of YouTube videos about casting on.  I think I'm only going to use the basic knit stitch. 

What a great idea.  A friend of mine taught me how to cast on and do basic stitching 2 summers ago.  I wanted to get back to it and start a new scarf, but couldnt remember how to cast on.  I tried to learn from magazines, but it's hard with the crappy pics.  Dont know why I never thought of checking online.  Thank you so much.  :)>>>  As soon as my kids are in bed Im getting my needles out and checking out youtube or the other site mentioned here.

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How'd it go, est?

I did 15 stiches wide with #5 needles and I'm 17 inches of length into my scarf.  I'm going to undo the whole thing because I'm now pretty certain I only want it 8 stiches wide.

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