Once I started getting really into knitting a few years back, I began frequenting local yarn stores. I saw so many gorgeous yarns, but when I asked, "Do you have any vegan yarn?" I usually got the one-raised-eyebrow look, and then would get shown to the Acrylic Wall of Shame. I knew that it must be possible to have really awesome colours, high quality base yarn in a variety of cruelty-free, and sustainable fibres. After looking around for someone who did that, I realized that there was a serious lack of supply, and that it might be a fun project to do myself. I had a little practice with dyeing fabrics in the past as a costuming and more recently, a set decoration seamstress. I took a class at Place des Arts (Coquitlam, British Columbia) a community arts centre, and learned how to spin yarn, and in the summer of 2009, I listed my first few skeins of hand dyed and handspun yarn. I've learned so much since then, mostly trial and error, and now this has become something I look forward to doing every day. I feel so lucky to be able to do something I find so satisfying, which is also so much appreciated by other people at the same time.
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