[color=blue]Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a debate about working with animal fibers or cruelty to animals. It’s simply the thoughts and concerns of a vegetarian who loves to knit with animal fibers, but sometimes can’t get past the guilt. Also, this discussion is mainly aimed at vegetarians…I don’t want to offend any meat-eaters here. I have no problem with meat-eaters…my husband eats meat and so do my cats and my dog (in fact, they eat a homemade, mainly raw meat diet…that I prepare for them!), so please don’t misunderstand my intentions. Thank you.[/color]
I’m not sure how many fellow vegetarian knitters are here on KH…but for those here who are knitters and vegetarians…what are your views on working with silk?
Now…I’m not a vegan. I do eat dairy, eggs, and honey…and I primarily knit with wool yarns. But…somehow I just can’t seem to force myself to buy silk yarn. :pout: I’ll touch it, pet it, sniff it…dream of all the pretty things I could make with it…but when it comes time to make a decision, I simply can’t buy it. I know where silk comes from…I know there is no way to get silk without the silkworm dying…and that one issue loses to my morals. sigh
A similar mind-game situation happened to me a couple weeks ago when I was reading an Interweave Knits magazine gifted to me by a lovely KH’er. There was an article about buffalo yarn. I immediately thought, “Hey, cool!!” and was all excited about trying it out until I finished the article and read that there is no way to get fiber from a live buffalo. The fiber is only cultivated from slaughtered (for meat) animals. Now, again, I do realize that most wool yarns I can buy commercially probably come from slaughtered sheep…but I’ve been trying to buy my wool from more economical sources, or second-hand. I don’t like supporting slaughter houses.
I just wish there was a way to get these wonderful, natural fibers without any harm coming to the animal it came from. I suppose, though, until my husband and I can afford our 5-10 acres of land and adopt our own sheep and alpacas, I will have to make do with what I can get and just hope that the animal it came from did not suffer much.
Any thoughts from my fellow veg knitters? Thanks for reading.