Archives for the month of: March, 2012

In this episode, I continue my hemp study with spinning, knitting and dyeing. My dyeing-with-plants project begins with onion skins and touches on previous experiments with black beans. In the vegan segment I look into what happens to egg laying chickens. Is there really anything wrong with eggs? And I call upon everyone to step up, to make a difference, to help our species evolve and to leave our barbaric, violent culture behind. We can do better. Let’s do it. Time’s awasting.

Episode 3 – You say you want an evolution

Houndesign spindles 

Little Dragonflies Soap Sock 

One-Skein Tapestry Scarf 

Kayleen Knits for the Runes – in the sidebar on the right

Plants to Dye For on Ravelry 

Black beans as dye discussion on Ravelry

Natural Dyeing group on Ravelry 

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes by Sasha Duerr

Vodka Lemonade sweater pattern 

CrafterNews Knitted Farm Animals

Vegan – Vegetarian Solutions for s Sustainable Environment  Scroll down to May 15, 2009 for Why Industrial Chicken Production is Wrong, Karen Davis interview. Also available on iTunes.

United Poultry Concerns

Hemp, spindle, fibre

Houndesign spindle with spun hemp and fibre

First hemp handspun

Skein of first hemp handspun

Hemp handspun after tannin

Hemp handspun after tannin

Hemp soapsock + handmade soap

Hemp soapsock with handmade soap

Hemp cotton plant dyes

Left: cotton dyed with chamomile, calendula and overdyed with black beans; Centre: handspun hemp dyed with onion skins; Right: cotton dyed with black beans and overdyed with turmeric root


In this episode I begin my plant fibre study with hemp. I discuss its history and use and how it spins and knits.

Also, I look into what happens to sheep who are raised for wool. Is it a totally benign process?

In the vegan segment I touch on what happens in slaughterhouses and how it affects the workers who do the killing.

Episode 2 – Dont bogart that yarn my friend

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

Flannelberry Fibre

Hemp for Knitting I used the Allhemp3 fingering weight for the dishcloths

Basket Rib Hand Towel by Traci Heiner (Ravelry link)


Veg*n Craft*n group’s Dietary Vegan poll on Ravelry

Walter Peak Sheep Shearing video Lots of info about raising sheep

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

Diet for a New America by John Robbins

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the US. Meat Industry by Gail Eisnitz

I have given up on apostrophes for the moment. My apologies.

Welcome to the Vegan Eco Fibrecast. In this episode I discuss what I will be covering in the podcast. I would say it will be equal parts alternatives-to-animal fibres and veganism/environmentalism. I am attempting to live a more compassionate life and this is my record of how I am doing

Episode 1: Whats it all about

Grannys a Square Afghan by Allison Haas – This links to the pattern on Ravelry

Newspaper yarn

Spanish moss spinning and weaving

World Peace Diet: Eating for Spriitual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle

This afghan is what got me back into fibre crafts and because of it I learned to crochet. If it belongs to you and you want me to remove the photo please contact me.

UPDATE (March 14, 2013): I finally found the source!! It’s by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson. See The Story of a Granny Square Blanket.

crocheted afghan

Inspiration afghan