Drama Llama Knitting Company produces handspun and Hand-dyed yarns, as well as knitting accessories and patterns.

Our dream: By moving towards selling yarn from local-ish, ethically sourced fiber, we hope you bring your sweater a little bit closer (figuratively speaking) to the sheep it came from. (Or alpaca, or goat, or bundle of flax!)

For those about to craft, we salute you.
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I finished this scarf a little while ago and it took me a bit of time to get these photos up because I’ve been busy prepping for ECCC

The warp is 50% Merino, 50% Australian Possum. It was really nice to work with and make a surprisingly strong warp for a single-ply yarn. The warm beige really lets the other colors pop. 

The main weft yarn was handspun from Kinfolk Yarn’s superwash merino roving. The colorway is “New Growth in the Zombie Apocalypse Victory Garden" which to be honest, I would have bought on the name alone. The range of colors in this top was gorgeous! It was really fun to play with the arrangement throughout the weft of the scarf, from the bright acid green to more subdued blues and browns. 

The tabs going up the side - created using the clasped weft method - are Sweet Fiber Yarns Sweet Merino Lite in “Envy”

So fun to use wool from two local dyers. If it weren’t for the Australian warp, this would be a very Vancouver scarf!  

Sneak preview of yarn going up in the shop soon.

Local Vancouver Island alpaca plied with Hand-dyed Punta wool. Amazing for scarves, mitts, hats, etc! 

This colorway is called Sweetgrass. 

Little balls of laceweight. Ended up using them in various weaving projects. 

Dyed by the awesome and outstanding Octarine Fibers

Hand-spun yarn porn. 

Color is Harold Smith (Has Laura Palmer’s Diary) by Octarine Fibers. Wool is Romney.

Glad that the final product came out just as golden and blood-soaked as the roving - which was gorgeous! 

nerdy-knitting-german:

ninjafallow:

fain-would-i-climb:

kathtea:

earthschild:

greenvegansara:

peta2:

Sheep used for wool are CASTRATED without painkillers, tails CHOPPED off & throats slit, just for a pair of UGG Australia boots, a wool sweater, or jacket: http://peta2.me/uggtober

People still buy these ugly disgusting things. Even when I tell them about the animals that died for their ugly boots they don’t care.

I don’t agree with ugg boots but this is actually bullshit.

1. Lamb marking (cutting off tails) is done so that the sheep doesnt get flyblown when summer comes. Flyblown is where flies lay their eggs near the anus of a sheep, when they hatch maggots eat at the inside of the sheep colon, infesting it with bacteria which can eventually kill them, slowly and very painfully.

2. Shearing does not injure a sheep, I don’t know about other countries but I’m sure its the same as Australia when if you do not shear them, they DO eventually become flyblown.

3. You CANNOT use wool if it has been contaminated by BLOOD. It cannot be skirted out like poo and urine does by the roustabouts.

4. Once a sheep has had its ‘throat slit’ it cannot be sheared for the same reason as 3. It has no advantage for anyone by killing their livestock if they are in the wool industry.

I don’t care about your decision to hate ugg boots, you probably don’t give a flying shit about mine but DO NOT spread this bullshit information when the wool industry does not work that way.

This is why I despise PETA. They lie like this all the fucking time.

Though I don’t particularly like Uggs, or really, the use leather in general for purposes of fashion/appearance over functionality (and even then I’d prefer to find alternatives). I’m pretty sure the main goal for slaughtering sheep is food and the leather is a byproduct. I thought it was common knowledge that shearing an animal doesn’t hurt it and that PETA is choc-full of bullshit, buuut apparently not. 

…. You don’t kill sheep for yarn. A lot of people think so.

Also with knitters who say that they are ‘vegan knitters.’

I don’t understand it at all. Okay you don’t want to use animal fibers because you think it ‘hurts’ the animal?

As stated above, shearing sheep and other animals is good for them. If they build up too much of a coat, they can overheat, get flyblown, and other things. It isn’t cruel to shear an animal for their fiber.

Jeez

/endrant

Still some misinformation in here.

While shearing wool is good for the sheep, Ugg Boots are only lined with wool. The exteriors of the Ugg are made with sheepskin

This definitely involves killing the sheep as most sheep generally don’t get along so well without skin. (Maybe your sheep are different? Please share your secrets)

HOWEVER:

Sheepskin is a by-product of the meat industry. The only sheepskin in circulation (besides indie tanners and budding sociopaths, i guess?) comes from sheep that were being slaughtered for meat. 

Anyways. If you don’t want to eat mutton or lamb because you value the lives of sheep, probably don’t wear Uggs.

If you have little to no problem with the farming industry at large, you’re probably cool to wear Uggs. 

I mean, if you don’t value arch support.  

tl;dr -

Peta’s not totally right but not totally wrong. 

Tumblr’s not totally right but not totally wrong.

And so life continued on ad nauseum. (Except for the Ugg sheep, obviously)

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Corespun Bulky With Beehives, by Moonrover on Etsy

Moonrover is my spinspiration. 

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Freshly dyed - cooling on the window sill.

Trying to consider color palettes for dyeing my Single Origin Sweater wool and this is a big influence

Trying to consider color palettes for dyeing my Single Origin Sweater wool and this is a big influence

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Hey Everyone!

This weekend is Emerald City Comic-Con and we’re hoping to see you in the fine city of Seattle. 

Our booth is N-10 in Artist’s Alley, and we’ll have the first issue of The Knittrix available, as well as buttons and some freebies. 

Please stop by and share your love of knitting and/or superheroes! 

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Here’s a handy guide for finding us:

(For a full map, check out the ECCC website.)

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