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I recently bought Amy R. Singer's No Sheep for You knitting pattern book, which focuses on non-wool yarn. It's a great book, though she does love her silk. At the start Singer talks about there being two ways to cultivate silk. The cruel way, in which silkworms are killed, and the natural way, in which the moths leave their cocoons and then the cocoons are cultivated. (She also mentions that silkmoths have no mouths, which I did not know. Just an interesting fact.)<br><br><br><br>
As a vegan, I'm not sure if I want to use the latter kind, which is called ahimsa or peace silk. On the one hand, it's like collecting leaves. It's rejected cocoons. But I've heard that the people who harvest them are paid low wages for long hours of what sounds like hard work.<br><br><br><br>
She does list a whole bunch of other non-animal fibers, like bamboo, hemp, linen, soysilk, flax, and of course cotton.
 

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I just read about this book in the newspaper this morning. Definitely sounds interesting. I will be checking it out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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This makes me think of the conflict I feel about wool yarn I purchased before going vegan. I basically decided that I would use the yarn I still have, but give the finished products away. Also, just for the sake of continuity and to reduce the confusion of others, I would probably avoid all silk. But do what feels comfortable to you.
 
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