fake sheep

a website about vegan knitting

vegan knitting in new york city

Originally uploaded by faerygrrrl

a vegan with a knitting tattoo – photo by erin.


fit to print

spinning newspaper yarn

Originally uploaded by stitchlily

just a quick post to share another thing i found while i was looking at examples of plarn on flickr: this spun newspaper yarn. i’m excited about this not just aesthically & for its neat technical execution, but because i’ve been thinking around the potential for crossover between knitted objects and book arts recently, and this yarn inspires a few ideas.

yarn from plastic bags

Ball of Plarn

Originally uploaded by sewphisticate1202

making crochet or knit objects from recycled plastic bags isn’t a new thing – i remember handbags that my mother or granny had made out of plastic bags from my childhood – but the phenomenon seems to have undergone an internet revival since i was last blogging regularly. “plarn” can be made by hand using just a pair of scissors, or spun on a wheel or spindle and plied with different coloured bags or other fibres.

the instructions for making plarn are pretty simple. there are a bunch of videos on youtube including a really quick introduction to making basic plarn from a shopping bag, and six minutes on methods for spinning and plying plarn.

for inspiration and tips, there’s a flickr group about knitting and crocheting with plastic bags which has a few discussions about working with plarn, and a facebook group with more ideas and pictures.

& there are some really interesting examples of plarn online:

jes makes beautiful spun plarn and sells it on her etsy shop. some of my favourites: plastic bag, cassette tapes & paper beads, yellow, orange, brown & blue, brown & green. i also really like this tissue paper yarn she made.

m. k. lawrie makes plastic bag yarn (and also
also yarn recycled from tshirts and flannel).

plastique recreations on etsy sells handmade things made of reused plastic, including plarn. some of my favourites: mint chocolate chip, grey and white, neon blue and yellow

i also like this “newsprint” plied plarn and linen by skeins and steins.

weekend knitting

a new hat

i knitted this hat this weekend, while catching up on tv & podcasts. it’s made from the ends of three random balls of acrylic yarns.

the shape was based on the pointy goblin hat i knitted a few years ago, but i ended it before it got pointy.

a new blog home

this is a new home for the blog that formerly resided at nutmeg.gen.nz/fakesheep – it’s all about knitting from a vegan perspective.

in migrating the blog over, i realised how much of the archive was apologies for not updating; i’m not going to pretend that i will be a regular knitting blogger from now on. but, sometimes i make things & want somewhere to write about it.

& so here i am, again.

handmade vegan yarn

Summer rain handspun soy silk

Originally uploaded by snowberrylime

this beautiful yarn is summer rain, soy silk handspun with little glass beads by veronika von allmen.

she’s been spinning a lot of beautiful soysilk lately – see also: “sunrise” pink & peach with flecks of yellow, gorgeous green, vintage pink with faux pearls & plain cream.

another vegan highlight of veronika’s etsy shop is handspun creamy cotton. this looks so soft!

other things found on etsy:
* daniela kloppmann (who sold me beautiful yarn a while ago) has some pretty things up at the moment – my favourites are: patchwork faux cashmere, patina soy silk, sweets handspun viscose which looks like an old fashioned candy shop.

* lots of beautiful handspun bamboo by different people: nevada sunset is shiny and faded, honeydew is like green melon, this little skein is jewel-coloured and spun with glass beads, new shoots bamboo is the colours of late spring.

* transition is all about spring too – a sproingy artyarn made from ingeo, cotton, tencel, linen, sparkle & beads.

* citrus handspun cotton/tencel is bright like orange juice.

* recycled, respun cotton in a very tasteful pink/green combo. soulfulhues also blogs about recycling yarn.

this is just a SELECTION. search for vegan yarn on etsy & be amazed at the range of animal-free gorgeousness.

meanwhile, my latest etsy purchase wasn’t knitting-related at all, but i’m so in love that i have to show you:

angry robot

angry robot pouch (currently a camera case) from anatomy of a skirt. check out her robot a day project, wherein she makes limited edition robot variations. today’s is a picassobot!

on the needles

slowest knitting ever – originally uploaded by moirabot

i haven’t actually knitted anything since moving house, but yesterday i unearthed an old project that i started last july and knitted a few more rows. i started this scarf after i realised that i’d developed the bad habit of knitting things that looked pretty, but weren’t actually my style, and consequently never wearing them. so i thought about the clothes i wore the most, and came up with something to match: black, asymmetrical & a bit technically interesting. it’s uneven ribs (i’ll take pictures when they’re a little more advanced), knitted in black chunky acrylic.

the scarf is being knitted on a pair of handmade tasmanian oak needles that i bought in hahndorf last year, while visiting adelaide for work. they’re made by art viva.