Sheep and lambs
Yarns and guidelines
Spinning plant fibres
note on acrylics
If you think that wool is a harmless product because it is taken without killing sheep, think again.
If you think that sheep are a natural
part of the upland landscape of Britain, think again.
If you think sheep farming is environment friendly, think again.
If you think there's nothing like wool, you are right!
are lots of alternatives
which you can use if you
wish, so that you and
others will hardly
be able to tell the difference in your knitting.
than once I have read the
“British yarn producers adhere to strict animal welfare and
environmental standards” - and part of the purpose of Sheepless is to
that myth. I'm not telling
knitters not to use wool - that's up to you - but it's better to be
realistic about it.
I want to show that even without the 'comfort' of wool and all its rich associations in our cultural history, we can keep our love of colour, texture, homely inspiration and warmth, and all the other things we like about knitting!
will be of special interest to vegetarians, vegans,
people concerned about the environment and animal welfare, and to those
wool allergy. My knowledge is mainly of British wool and sheep
farming, but many themes are universal. In fact the worst
aspects of sheep
farming are very likely to be intensified in overseas farms which
operate on a mega industrial scale, and
different animal transport and slaughter rules. For instance, this is how shearing is done in Australia:
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