A Good Yarn

Now I have more than enough patterns to pick from for the Manly Socks in a Box, I need to turn my attention to yarn so that I can actually knit a few pairs.

I have found many positives to becoming vegan. Unfortunately, having to find alternative yarns was not one of them. Years of accumulating a stash of yarn that was 99.999% animal fibre meant that knitting as a vegan was going to be a challenge. At one point I did feel that it would be better to NEVER KNIT AGAIN and just sit outside my front door, handing out my stash to random passing strangers until it was all gone. I soon got over that idea and reached a compromise: after all, I didn’t throw out all my leather shoes on becoming vegan because there’s no point being principled if you then can’t walk to the health food store. Instead, I sold and gifted a lot of yarn and I knit for other (non-vegan) people from any leftovers. I just won’t knit anything for myself from an animal fibre, which isn’t much of an issue as I don’t do that very often. :-P The stash is slowly getting smaller and there will hopefully come a point when it all runs out, preferably in the next decade.

But that doesn’t alter the fact that finding nice vegan yarns when I do need them is a bit of a task and I have never actively searched for vegan sock yarns until now. There are some out there, though:

Berroco Comfort Sock (50% Nylon/50% Acrylic) seems to be pretty popular on Ravelry. Unfortunately, it’s not available over here. However, Sirdar Snuggly 4ply is and the fibre content in pretty much identical. Sadly, the colour selection is geared towards baby pastels, although there is a dark-ish blue and a grey which would work for manly socks.

Wendy Happy (75% Bamboo/25% Nylon) is a UK yarn (woo!) and I have a skein of this in purples in my stash. It’s a little bit slippery and shiny, and the colours are all a bit cheery, but there are a couple of shades that would make nice man socks.

Cascade Fixation (98.3% Cotton/1.7% Elastic) I have used for socks before, a long time ago. It’s mainly cotton with a bit of stretch to keep the shape, but sadly is DK weight and would make socks that are too bulky for Mr B to wear with regular shoes. Good for some trainer or boot socks, though.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Candy (96% Cotton/4% Elite elastic) fulfills my need for a good solid colour yarn, if I can face the shipping costs. ;-)

Crystal Palace Panda Cotton (59% Bamboo/25% Cotton/16% Nylon) is what I am really lusting after. It’s finer than Fixation and a nice cotton blend and comes in all the colours. And the best news is that it will soon be available over here! Opening shortly is Vegan Yarn Store, a UK-based online yarn shop that sells purely vegan yarns. Including Panda Cotton. I may be just a little tiny bit excited. :-D

4 thoughts on “A Good Yarn

  1. Christine MonsterID Icon Christine says:

    Hmmm. I’m interested in the vegan aspect of not using animal-fibre yarns. I can understand the ethical aspect of not wanting to use the fibre from an animal that’s killed or harmed through shearing (minks spring to mind) but I always thought that sheep suffered more if they were left unsheared as the fleece grows too heavy and hot. I think it’s the difference between vegetarianism and veganism that I’m struggling to get my head around and my lack of understanding. Maybe that’s the makings of another blog post for you :D

  2. Gloria MonsterID Icon Gloria says:

    It can be very difficult to get a nice,good quality vegan yarn and it’s so good to hear that a speciality site will be on line soon.
    Take care and keep knitting the socks!

  3. Jennyff MonsterID Icon Jennyff says:

    As a Yorkshire farmer’s daughter I can confirm that the sheep are happy to have their wool removed for the summer, I’ve seen them skipping delighted round the field after being sheared. So I must do some investigation about the vegan policy on wool. Meantime I’ve successfully produced bamboo socks and I imagine if you could find a stretch cotton that would be good too but I wouldn’t be happy with 100% man made fibre. This is quite a project and I’m enjoying being involved.

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