Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Struggling not to be angry


I have just been reading a thread on Ravelry about mink/cashmere yarn, it works out at £12 per skein.

If the yarn is that cheap then its not going to be top quality ethically farmed cashmere, good cashmere is expensive.
(If you are interested put "Chinese cashmere farming" into google, there are some really informative.)

AND how do you shear a mink???????

Lots of answers to the thread saying "oh isn't it beautiful" and "lovely and cheap"
A couple of people have raised objections and been scorned with millions of disagrees.

Don't people realise or do they just don't care?
And if they don't care, why?
Most people are animal lovers and even the non animal lovers don't want to harm animals.
And the animal issue is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a huge enviromental impact to consider too.

Sorry to rant in riddles, but I have to be careful about what I say.
I'm not naming names, I'm not giving you links, its my own personal opinion and I might be totally wrong in my assumptions, but go read the sites and maybe you will end up ranting too.


BabyLongLegs said...

Hugs Queenie.......
I am right there with you...

S xXx

2ply said...

Interesting. Have learnt from this. Thankyou.

Felix said...

I don't know which thread it is and I won't go in search of it, but I too get very depressed when the *cheapness* and percieved *luxury* of certain yarns are prized above all other elements of production...

Wool created in the best possible way, from animals who have been ethically raised, from farms with high welfare standards, from mills that pay fair wages etc. is costly.

I think it's difficult to get people to think 3-dimensionally about the 'cost' of wool and yarn, but please be assured that many of us do.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with you.
Good animal husbandry does not come cheap.

Shani Phethean-Hubble said...

hadn't even known mink fibre existed for spinning, but am pretty upset about the amount of ignorance shown on the thread.

I know we spinners are a fairly addictive (if that is the word!!) bunch, but this is stupidity.

You were right to rant and make a stand...