Monday, June 26, 2006

 

Just getting ahead of myself...

Sarah and I (Desirée) decided to host a vegan crafty swap in the fall, so I'm just setting up the blog now. Sign-ups will be October, with a start date of mid to late October. Think "SecretPal" but vegan.

One need not be vegan to participate!! We're actually hoping that some of you aren't! There are many reasons for this, but the main two are: there aren't that many vegans out there and we want to share vegan products with those of you who are interested and open-minded enough to try something new. Also, there seem to be many knitters who are allergic to animal fibers, and this should be great fun for you all too!

Basic rule: Everything must be vegan and we mean EVERYTHING. For the purposes of this swap, vegan is defined as "no animal products". This includes recycled yarn. To expand, no wool, alpaca, mohair, cashmere, angora, silk, leather, suede, fur, ivory, bone (I hear there are bone needles out there). Did I forget any animal fibers? Let me know!
Also, no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, beeswax, lanolin, gelatin (important when shopping for candies), casein, whey, albumen, urea, tallow, lard, confectioner's glaze, carmine or cochineal.

Well, you get the idea. There's a pretty comprehensive list here.

If you're a non-vegan, you might be thinking, "What's left?!?", but let me assure you that there is TONS left. For yarns, there's cotton, rayon, bamboo, linen, hemp, banana, corn even!! There's also acrylic, nylon, various "fun" synthetics and then hybrids of 2 or more of these fibers; plus, there seem to be more vegan yarns every day. For foods and snackies, see this page for ideas. Or, better yet, go down to your local health food stores and ask. You'll be amazed what you'll find. (Sarah didn't know her local Whole Foods carries the BEST vegan chocolate bars in the world!)(BTW - don't contest that, both Sarah and I agree they are the best and we're the hostresses so we win!! ;)

Okay, enough babbling. I'll see you in October.

- Desirée

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