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So, since becoming vegan, I've become felting-deprived. I used to make bags, hats, bowls, etc. out of felted wool yarn; however, I have yet to find vegan alternatives suitable for felting--are there any, or do I need to find a new knitting outlet?

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haha.  awesome.  a lovingly hand-crafted mischief mask.

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I FIGURED OUT HOW TO KNIT ON FREAKING DOUBLE POINTS
I'm excited. haha. I got my needle package from catski today and i was not going to let these dpns not get used. It only took me a little while to figure out this time! It was easier after failing about 20 times.
Its still a tad confusing with so many needles but i've gone around like, 3 times so far (with 12 stitches), and it looks like it could actually turn into something! woooo!

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w00t!  The first time I tried dpns I twisted the knit and knitted inside out. 

Whatcha gonna make with your new badass skill?

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I have no clue. haha. But whatever it is it will be amazing. and basic. but i'll make it look like it took tons of work haha.
I'm guessing a hat will come of this.
Ohhhh, i've always wanted to make leg/arm warmers... i could do that! hmmmmm.

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Query for experienced knitters:

I want to make something using intarsia.  It will only be with two colors.  If I have a minimal amount of experience (I can do cables) is this something that I can reasonably accomplish?

example of intarsia, not example of proposed project:
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:0_QCg0Qqw1dXCM:http://www.purlbee.com/storage/4thstarsfinal.jpg

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I think I've figured out intarsia.  For the most part.  I'm 1/3 of the way through my project, which means my gift package will be out in Monday's Tuesday's mail.  Booya! Because I'll be out of town next weekend.

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Thats really cute!
I worked on a hat during my texas weekend. But i messed it up when i was done. And i dont know how to fix things at all. But i havent taken it apart in hopes that i figure something out. And its all big. Too big to fit my head. Hmmpphh.
But i never made my hat on dpns! so i shall work on that next.

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Really cute hat HH.
When doing the intarsia (honestly, didn't know it was called that), just don't forget to twist the colours before knitting or you end up with an ugly hole.

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I may get bashed out for this, but why not use wool?  I mean, the sheep appreciate being sheared, they do it in the spring when the weather is getting warm, and it gets all that hot hair off them so that through the summer they can better stay cool.  And it doesn't hurt the sheep.  So I don't really understand this one.

Eggs, diary, honey I all understand, but wool I don't.  I love wool, it is Soooooooooo warm.  

By the way, you people are way better than I am at knitting!  I am only good at knitting scarves.  Right now I am doing a project of knitting a bunch of scarf like lengths, and when I am done with a whole bunch of them I plan to attach them creating a big, warm, soft fluffy blanket for my son. 

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SnowQueen, I think it's kind of like dairy (or at least that's how I see it) where it's not harmful or bad on a small scale, but when there are huge places of just sheep kept for that purpose, no one really pays attention to or takes good care of the animals. Personally I'm just not a wool fan--too itchy!

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It actually is bad on most scales--in order to prevent sheep from getting parasites, they literally slice all the skin of their butts, without anaesthetic.  It's called mulesing.  Not to mention things like castration and dehorning without anaesthetic, over breeding of lambs, and disease.  So yes, it hurts them greatly. 

There are lots of vegan knitting options--just do a google search.

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Really cute hat HH.
When doing the intarsia (honestly, didn't know it was called that), just don't forget to twist the colours before knitting or you end up with an ugly hole.

I watched a bunch of videos on how to do it and still didn't get the twisting right in some places.  I made a back for it, so the holes don't show too much. 

My gift-exchangee was Cali and she let me post her picture she took of it on another board, so I'll be brazen and post it here, too.

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs278.snc1/10531_1205281222348_1538163151_541161_6873326_n.jpg

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I dont get how 2 colors happened with the back looking good. Or is the back separate and just like joined on?

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I joined them.  I thought both sides would show a nice looking skull, but I was wrong, so I made another side of the same dimension and sewed them together.

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For extra heat protection! Awesome work :)

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So, since becoming vegan, I've become felting-deprived. I used to make bags, hats, bowls, etc. out of felted wool yarn; however, I have yet to find vegan alternatives suitable for felting--are there any, or do I need to find a new knitting outlet?

I saw on on one of those knit/crochet shows that you can felt non-animal yarns, but it has to be done by hand. There are these felting brushes that you use to manually felt things. It is not as easy as sticking it in the wash like animal fibers, but you can still felt.

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http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs014.snc3/12157_520280516846_33501355_30877617_8307082_n.jpg

I was originally gonna sell this guy (you know, before I made him and realized he's awesome).

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Awww, I love him!

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