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Addressing the "wool is cruel" myth

Oh this one fires me up because this one insults every single fiber farmer out there. Sheep are not killed for their fiber. They are sheered.  This is like getting a buzz cut all over their bodies. Fiber animal, all fiber animals, are treated extremely well by fiber farmers.  There’s a sound reason for this.

A sick or injured fiber animal produces low quality fiber.  The fiber that grows during their healing time is actually so low in quality that it breaks and is unusable for anything other than mulch. This means that is by far and away in the best interest of a fiber farmer to take excellent care of their fiber animals.  It’s the best way for them to ensure a potential profit off of what is honestly, a very low profit business.

Are there jerks out there in the fiber industry?  Absolutely.  Find any industry that doesn’t have a few jerks.  However, I’ll give an example of what really happens in the world of fiber animals.  A lady I know is an extremely skilled breeder.  She hired a sheering contractor one year who came and, during the day of sheering, punched one of her rams.  Not only was he immediately fired and escorted off of her property, she called all the other fiber farmers she knew and had him blacklisted.  That bad, cruel sheerer lost all of his potential income for the season.  

If a fiber farmer treated their animals in the way that has been portrayed, then they would be financially ruined very quickly.  Again it goes back to fiber animals that are sick or injured produce low quality fiber.  So if a fiber farmer treated their animals like crap, then they would be producing fiber that couldn’t be sold.  The worst injury I have ever seen in all of the countless sheerings that I’ve seen is a minor knick.  Those things happen because sheering can be a lot like trying to get a two year old to hold still for a haircut.

What’s more, sheering is vital to the animal’s health.  This is why even meat sheep are sheered.  Domesticated sheep no longer have the same kinds of coats as wild sheep.  Wild sheep are double coated and able to shed their winter coats to stay cooler in the summer.  But there’s more to it.  Wool is coated in lanolin.  Raw lanolin feels a lot like beeswax.  It’s sticky and attracts everything.  This means that a sheep isn’t just covered in wool.  They’re also covered in vegetation, fecal matter, and bacteria.  With wild sheep, they’re able to shed out that nastiness. Domesticated sheep can’t do that.

I would like to add that the organization, which shall not be named here, that has been the primary proponent for the idea that wool is cruel and inhumane has a clearly stated goal of no domesticated animals at all.  This means no pets or farm animals.  Domesticated animals, for the most part, can no longer survive in the wild.   We have bred them to be dependent on the intervention of humans to maintain their health and wellbeing.  The same is true with sheep.

Really been lovin’ quinoa lately! Quinoa is a great #glutenfree source of #fiber #protein #iron and a quick way to get in some #wholegrains ! I’ve been cooking it a bit like fried rice with my favorite veggies (corn, green peas, carrots, tomato and spinach) and tofu and eating it with a serving of more veggies (green beans and mushrooms) and healthy fats (avocado) on the side. Yum!

Only for the Crochet?

Hello lovely peeps.  Recently I received a question from a follower asking me why I have been posting more knitting links between my crochet posts. This blog did start as a crochet blog because that’s what I loved doing. Over the years that I’ve been blogging you will have noticed that I have taught myself to dye fibre, spin and make my own yarn, weave, and eventually knit my own handspun.  This iteration of crafting interest has meant that my blog has changed slightly to mirror these interests. That is why there is a little more knitting-love in my posts.  I love everything about yarn, fibre, wool, weaving, knitting and crochet!  What do you think?  Are you happy seeing a range of fibre posts on my blog, or are you here only for the Crochet?  I’d love to know.

Much love Claire x