Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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Are there any other vegan knitters in Houston?

I'm sure that number is kinda small, and even smaller would be the number of people in Houston that actually see this post. I wouldn't mind knitting with other knitters in general, it's just that sometimes seeing people knitting with animal fibers breaks my heart ~ especially wool.

While it's really nice that I won't be working so that I can focus on school, school won't be starting until January. I have plenty of knitting to do, but no one to knit with! I've toyed with the idea of going to one of the knit nights at a LYS here, but there is less of a freedom in a yarn shop. How? Why? Well, for one, you can't really talk about the great deal on 'x' yarn that you saw online. 2) It's rude to talk about what's going on or what products are available or sales at other yarn shopts. 3) When someone figures out that I will not knit with animal fibers, most people don't really want to hear about how horrible the sheep (or other animals) are treated. I wouldn't respond in a rude way, but in a way that should make them want to swear off wool for a good long while (hopefully forever). Geez, I guess that statement sounds militant, but really I'd only be telling the truth - in detail.

I may go to Yarns 2 Ewe today. I went yesterday, but they were closed. /smacks forehead/ No big deal though, I only live about 10 miles away or so. I'm not really looking for yarn, but if I see Calmer, along with Rowan's Calmer collection, I'll be overcome with temptation. I love nearly every design in that book, especially LOLL, SOUL, HEARTEN, SHADOW, and HUSH. I've been wanting to get my hands on that book for nearly a year now and the yarn is soo loverly. Of course, if I get the yarn and the book, I just might need some more Addi's to go with them. Ah, I love the spiral of purchases that ensues when you walk into a yarn shop.

On the needles right now is a hot pink dropped stitch scarf that I'm knitting for my little sister-n-law. I paid only $1.50 a skein for the yarn in GardenRidge and I'm knitting it up on size 15's. The yarn is 100% polyester and 100% yummy soft. It's got little slivers of a shimmer to it, along with the fun fur type fuschia parts. My SIL is almost 13 and it just may end up a birthday gift. Her bday is early december. We've always gotten along, but we're starting to get close now that she's getting older.

I also have my cabled top by zimmerman on the needles, but I don't have the patience for all those cables right now. It may just be in the waiting line until January rolls around. I really do see a calmer sweater in my future, lol.

Ta for now!

I ripped the dropped stitch scarf and started over with a simple garter stitch. The extra time on the drop stitch wasn't worth it because of the 'furry' nature of the yarn. It was hiding the pattern completely. I'm pleased to say that I'm finished with it. I'm toying with the idea of knitting her initial in white on her scarf. This means it would be dark fuschia with a white initial. How should I do the fringe? All pink or pink and white? I'm leaning towards all pink, but some variation would be nice. Hmm, maybe I should do the same color pink, but in a plain yarn, instead of the furry yarn that I used for the scarf.. Ideas?

You know, when people find out that I don't knit with wool, it rarely goes much further than "because I'm vegan." I'm willing to bet that's a ny thing, though. Glad to see you're blogging again, and I hope you find people to knit with! I haven't knit with a vegan yet, either, though I'd like to someday!
Have you tried searching for a group at the Knitty boards or by doing a google for stitch n bitch Houston? There's a website out there somewhere that lists a mess o' groups nationwide. Also, there's always MeetUp.com, you could see if something has already been started. Good luck!!
Nice to see you back, Atouria! Hope you are well! I have not yet knit with Calmer... I can't wait to try it.

Good luck finding some vegan knitty friends in Houston!
Forgot to add: I know there are some knitters/bloggers in Houston, but I don't think they are vegan. Let me know if you want some names anyway.
Lolly, I would love that. They don't have to be vegan, it would be nice to simply meet some other knitters in this area - through blogs or in person.

I'll check meetup.com. Thanks Karma.

Michelle, do you have a personal blog other than your knitalongs? I'd love to be able to post things to you and learn more about ya!
Hi A! One of my blog friends that lives in Houston (actually, I think she is in Katy, but that is close, right?) is Amy. On her blog, she even has a link to a Yahoo Group for knitters in the area. She is super sweet and I am sure you would have a great time with that group!
Thanks Lolly! I subscribed to her blog. :)
Oh, I just checked my profile and I see what you mean. My blog isn't listed. It's here!
I knit with wool, but half of the fiber I use comes from small family owned farms and the animals are a part of their family. I'm just curious - it isn't like meat or leather where the animal is killed in the process - why would vegans have problems knitting with wool?

I'm not asking to question you, but rather because I am genuinely curious as to what the problem would be with it.

Either way, I would be happy to knit with you and not have any issues with the vegan situation. (I might knit with wool though - is that ok?)
(It would have helped if I added that I'm just south of Tomball, between Tomball & Willowbrook.)

There is a knitting guild that I go to once a month next door to Twisted Yarns - the Knit at Night Guild, north chapter. There is also a "Stich & Bitch" (like the book) group that meets in town, but I haven't made it there yet. You can find them on the Stitch & Bitch site.
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