May 2020

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Notes: 

 

–Dried flowers from @gabigails’ wedding bouquet

–Preparation samples for dyeing experiments

–Tomato seedings for the garden

–Red onion skin natural dye with iron

–Yellow onion skin natural dye with iron

–Spring growth: pear blossoms, rhubarb, woad, dandelions

–Winding machine spun singles onto a cone for plying

–Garden update

–Rosemary Dandelion Shortbread (https://gathervictoria.com/2014/04/06/sweet-savoury-dandelion-rosemary-shortbread/)

–Seam finishing and patching on handwoven pants with 1” cotton twill tape

–Snow showers in May

–Machine knit hat – Brother KH836e, dial tension 8 with punch card pattern – Cloudborn Highland Fingering in Black, Once Upon a Corgi yarn “Queequeg” from the Series of Unfortunate Events club colorways

— Tea dye with iron

–Yoke Sweater by Susan Guagliumi (from her website/newsletter) – yarn reclaimed from a previous sweater – KH 836e, dial 8 – hand knit garter band using US 1/ 2.25 mm needles

— Jedi Symbol cross stitch – pattern by WootGraphicDesign on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/WootGraphicDesign) – 14 count black aida, DMC embroidery floss

–Rice Fields by Elzbieta Torenc (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rice-fields) – US 3/3.25mm needles – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for Black and Legacy Fiber Artz Hocus Pocus colorways

–Singer 20-10 Sewhandy 1950’s toy sewing machine restoration – Machine is oiled and running.

–Case for Singer Sewhandy – Cleaned, but the plastic and fabric coverings were peeling away from the wooden base. Case has been stripped and sanded. Side panels have been reclaimed and re-stitched to be used as interior covering. New side panels have been cut and punched for sewing.

— Fingerloop braid (5 strands) in white crochet cotton for 990 AD Salazar Slytherin

–Star Wars Halloween Pajamas – pajama pants pattern by 5 Out of 4 Patterns (https://5outof4.com/), pajama shirt pattern by So Sew Easy (https://so-sew-easy.com

— tablet weaving sample from Card Weaving by Candace Crockett in scrap finger weight wool yarn

— Self Draft Pirate Pants – hand dyed linen

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Episode 73: April 2020 (More or Less)

990 AD Salazar Slytherin

  • Tablet weaving sampling
    • Theloomybin.com
      • 3 Strand Braid Pattern – didn’t work out
    • Card Weaving by Candace Crockett
      • Ram’s horn pattern – think I’m going to use for decorative trim at the neck of the tunic
      • Empty slot pattern – possibly to be used for hose garters, but I need some practice with this technique (where not all the holes in the cards have yarn through them, so there should be a weft pattern showing)
      • Combo narrow bands pattern – possibly for hem trim on the tunic or a belt, with some added columns – the pattern I wanted showed up on the “wrong” side? I’m going to try this again and reverse the threaded of the cards
      • Simple alternating thread sample – another belt possibility or hose garter possibility – easy to weave and easy to keep even

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Letter to the King – fantasy show on Netflix
  • Luna Nera – Italian show about witches on Netflix
  • RQ Streams – The twitch.tv game streaming channel from Rusty Quill (Also, back content on YouTube)
  • Detective Anna – Russian show set in the late 19th century about a young woman who can see ghosts and solves mysteries

Stuff I’m Listening To: 

Stuff I’m Playing:

  • Firewatch – story game, where you play Henry who takes a position as a firewatch person in Wyoming and have to solve a mystery – Steam, played on the Mac mini
  • Journey – exploratory story game, there’s no dialogue and the whole thing is told via the visuals and sound – PS4
  • Machinarium – point and click puzzle game featuring junky robots – Android
  • Life is Strange – story game, you play a young woman named Max who’s a photographer in college. There’s time travel, which is fun, but there’s a lot of dark, real-life type stuff in this game, so look up content warnings before playing if you are concerned about that. – PS4
  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – Adventure game a la Tomb Raider – PS4
  • Flower – by the same company as Journey, you play a flower petal on the wind and you make flowers bloom, but there’s a sort of backstory that’s told through the setting – PS4
  • Chuchel – point and click puzzle game featuring funny monsters, by the same company as Machinarium – Android
  • Revisiting Star Wars: Dark Forces – first person shooter – basically Doom reskinned into Star Wars – Steam, PC – the only game I can currently play on my PC, at the moment
  • Revisiting Fallen London – choose your own adventure, mostly text with some illustration, dark fantasy alternate history – browser game

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Episode 72: Craft Room Vlog

 

FOs

  • Redford by Julie Hoover Machine Knit – Green Mountain Spinnery Lana in “Gris” – back piece finished, front finished, sleeves finished, need to do the little side panels on the machine, then seam and hand work.
  • Vest for Gabby’s Wedding – Simplicity 4762
  • Shirt for Gabby’s Wedding
  • Mad Color Fiber Arts “Life is Short and You Are Hot” SW Targhee – 2 ply fractal spin
  • Greenwood Fiberworks “Mallard” Merino/Stellina – Ashford Kiwi 2 – 2 ply fractal spin – short forward/worsted
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co “The Raven King” 2 oz batt Ashford Kiwi 2 – 2 ply – long draw
  • Hand-dyed Falkland for 1st ply and Phoenix Fiber Co “Lake Shore” for 2nd ply – Ashford Kiwi 2 – short forward/worsted
  • Yellow/White rolagsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • 501st fluffsElectric Eel Nano wheel – 2 ply
  • House Organa Electric Eel Nano wheel – 2 ply
  • Classy Squid Fiber Co “Quoth” batts, each 2 oz – Ashford Kiwi 2 – 2 ply

WIPs

  • Memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – US 1 /2.5 mm – fingering weight scraps
  • Rice Fields by Elzbieta Torenc – US 3/3.25mm needles – Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light for Black and Legacy Fiber Artz Hocus Pocus colorways
  • Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Philipp – fingering weight held double, US 4/3.5 mm
  • City Limits by Samantha Guerin – swatching US 6/4.0 mm – Classic Elite Yarns MountainTop Crestone in Gray – knitting by hand because I know I’m short the ideal amount of yarn and I’ll be making decisions on the fly for the sleeves (¾ sleeves, contrast sleeve cuffs, etc)
  • Granny Square Blanket (improv) – US I/ 5.5 mm – Noro Ito – Granny Square (clusters of 3 dc, 1 ch between on flat, 2 ch between on corner)

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Stuff I’m Listening To:

 

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Episode 71: Plans and Progress

Filmed on Saturday, February 1, 2020

#MakeNine2019

MakeNine2019 List:

  1. Comfort Fade Cardi – Finished
  2. Halloween Button Down Shirt – Finished
  3. Redford Sweater – Started
  4. Plaid Shirt 1 – On hold, pending self draft pattern
  5. Get Weaving 001 Vest for Ren Faire – Finished
  6. Plaid Shirt 2 – On hold, pending self draft pattern
  7. Handspun Sweater – Finished
  8. Quilt – Worked on
  9. Star Wars Christmas Sweater – Did not start

Thoughts about the MakeNine2019:

  • I like the idea of the make nine. I think it’s a good number of goals to aim for and it was nice to have a list of things to focus on.
  • I feel like it would work better for me if I didn’t already have a bunch of WIPs that needed work.
  • I’m also trying to work out how my brain breaks down tasks and I’m not sure the Make Nine list is detailed enough for my brain to break it down into manageable chunks, especially not with mixed making.
    • Knitting can be 1 task – knit a thing – or it can be multiple tasks – knit a front, back, 2 sleeves, etc
    • Quilting – I have to break down into smaller tasks
    • Sewing – the more I learn how to improve my sewing, the more I break it down into smaller tasks
  • Towards the end of this year, I ended up grabbing a white board for my craft room. Noelle of Costuming Drama on YouTube has a huge white board to track her goals and task breakdowns. It’s been useful, especially if my brain is Not Cooperating, to see a written list of small tasks. So I think I’m gravitating more towards that kind of task system for 2020.

Deadline Makes for 2020

  • March 13
    • Button Down Shirt
    • Vest
  • Rhinebeck (October)
    • Modified City Limits sweater by Samantha Guerin
  • Christmas
    • Star Wars Christmas Sweater
  • End of Year
    • ⅔ (66%-100%) of the Cozy Memories Blanket

Other Makes 2020:

  • Finish 2019 WIPs (minus blankets)
  • Salazar Slytherin
    • Shirt
    • Braes
    • Cast on hose
    • Samples for fabrics, trims, cords, etc
  • Gradient houndstooth weave
  • 1 hat (machine)
  • 1 garment (machine)
  • 1 hat (by hand)
  • 1 skein shawl
  • Cast on hand knit sweater
  • Choose the pattern for my brown cormo sweater

FOs

WIPs

  • Memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson – US 1 /2.5 mm – fingering weight scraps
  • Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Philipp – fingering weight held double, US 4/3.5 mm
  • City Limits by Samantha Guerin – swatching US 6/4.0 mm – Classic Elite Yarns MountainTop Crestone in Gray – knitting by hand because I know I’m short the ideal amount of yarn and I’ll be making decisions on the fly for the sleeves (¾ sleeves, contrast sleeve cuffs, etc)
  • Redford by Julie Hoover Machine Knit – Green Mountain Spinnery Lana in “Gris” – back piece finished, front finished, sleeves finished, need to do the little side panels on the machine, then seam and hand work.
  • House Organa Electric Eel Nano wheel – 2 ply
  • Vest for Gabby’ Wedding – Simplicity 4762 – mock up for size M, but this pattern is apparently for stick people. Length and shoulders were perfect, but needed to add almost 7 inches to the hips. Second mockup fit much better and I ended up adding a second dart on each side to improve fit. I’ve cut out all the pieces and am in the process of pad stitching the lace to the front pieces.
  • Going Gnome Kit – Tree Gnome

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • Video Game walkthroughs of Star Wars games
    • The Force: Unleashed
    • The Force: Unleashed 2
    • KOTOR
  • Versailles
  • Clone Wars
  • The Witcher

 

Stuff I’m Listening To:

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

 

 

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Episode 70: Zero Effort

Filmed on Friday, December 20, 2019

Dye Stuff

  • Indigo Dye Follow Up
    • My hypothesis regarding the indigo dye of the targhee yarns is proving correct. I’ve been scouring them in hot water with Kookaburra Scour that I have left from scouring the mystery fleece a few years back and a considerable amount of dye has washed out with the lanolin.
    • If you are going to be using a fiber that has a high grease content, scour before dyeing with indigo. I’m not sure if other dye methods are affected by the lanolin content in the yarn the same way, but I’m going to scour my undyed targhee as well, just in case.

FOs

  • Improv pillow covers – 2 square pillow cases with black piping – piping made with lucet tool and bias tape leftover from other projects – 1 came out exactly as I imagined, 1 got a bit screwy and has some haphazard patching, but it’s fine for what I need.
  • Palmer Ribbed Socks v3 – improv pattern – Palmer Family Farm CVM local wool, US 3/3.25 mm Cubics needles
  • Fingerloop 5 strand braid sample – made using cotton yarn and the tutorial by Morgan Donner on YouTube
  • Linen napkins – made from indigo dyed fabric

WIPs

 

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • The Mandalorian
    • It’s like a very nice, long screensaver. The images are great and they move along in a pleasing way, but nothing of substance is happening. Honestly, watching the slideshow of the concept art during the credits is the same level of entertainment for me.
  • The Rise of Skywalker
    • I had a great time with this movie. It had a lot of the type of Soap Opera Drama that I love in the extended Star Wars universe books/TV shows/video games, so I had a blast.

 

Stuff I’m Listening To:

(audio podcast break, so it’s been audiobooks constantly)

  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater narr by Will Patton
    • So many Lynch brothers feelings
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass narr by Jennifer Ikeda
    • Definitely liked this book more than the first one, but there are some pet peeves of mine that keep throwing me out of the story
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black narr by Caitlin Kelly
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black narr by Caitlin Kelly
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi narr by Banni Turpin

 

Stuff I’m Reading:

  • Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters
    • I cannot even explain how refreshing it is to read a book that starts right out with queerness. Less than 20 pages and queerness already abounds. No ongoing confusion and yearning, no questioning – just Nancy dressing up in her Sunday best and going to the theater daily to see the male impersonator Kitty Butler and falling in love.

 

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Episode 69: Rhinebeck & NEFF

Filmed on Sunday, November 3, 2019

NY Sheep & Wool 2019 Recap

  • Thursday
    • Drove up to Saugerties to help Once Upon a Corgi set up for Indie Untangled
    • Went to Bread Alone for lunch in Rhinebeck to wait for check in at our rental
    • Chill day waiting for folks to get in from other places and had dinner at the house
  • Friday
    • Went separate ways for Friday events and met back at the house for dinner from Smoky Rock BBQ
    • Needles Up – Mom and I went to Needles Up to catch up with Amanda of Classy Squid Fiber Co and Sue and Chelsea of Legacy Fiber Artz.
      • Potions Classroom Rolags
      • Velaris Rolags
    • Ate lunch at Gabby’s Cafe, which is a great Mexican food place
    • Went back into Rhinebeck to see what was up with the Yarn Bazaar event, but the line was way too long
    • Poked around the Yarn Garage
    • Wandered around downtown and checked out antique stores and got apple cider like true New Englanders
  • Saturday
    • Got into the festival and did our Might Be Gone shopping
      • Lana Plantae – 3 skeins cochineal dyed fingering weight Rambouillet
    • Ravelry/Podcaster Meet Up
      • Got to meet a couple of viewers, so hello people I met!
      • Hugged a bunch of folks and even managed to introduce myself to some podcasters that I hadn’t or had barely met in person before!
        • If have the chance to get a GGMadeIt hug, do it. She is a professional hugger.
    • Meandered through the barns and then the buildings later after the crowds for our first walk through to note places we wanted to check out on Sunday
    • Dinner at Aroi, excellent Thai place
  • Sunday
    • Back to the festival for shopping
    • Started raining in the afternoon, so we said goodbyes and drove home

NEFF 2019 Recap

  • Went to New England Fiber Festival, ran some errands for Gabby/Once Upon a Corgi who was vending
  • Walked through about half and started making purchases
  • Met up with friends and chatted/had lunch
  • Finished walking through and made more purchases

FOs

WIPs

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater narr by Will Patton
    • The Raven Boys
    • Dream Thieves
    • Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    • Raven King
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini narr by Gerard Doyle

 

 

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Episode 68: OCTOBER

 

 

Filmed on Sunday, Sept 29, 2019

Western CT Yarn Crawl!

  • This is an annual yarn crawl put on by the Western CT Yarn Council for 6-7 stores in Western CT. This year, the crawl ran from Thursday September 19 – Sunday September 22.
  • This year, the passport was free and there was a $5 tote bag designed to hold a pin from each of the seven stores.
  • Friday
    • Westport Yarns – Westport, CT
      • Didn’t buy anything at this location. It’s a smaller store in a wealthy area, so their stock is very targeted to the local clientele and is more expensive than other stores I’ve been to.
    • Nancy O – Ridgefield, CT
      • This store moved locations and the new location is really nice. It’s in this sort of plaza with lots of other small stores. It’s a larger space and this space is more handicap friendly with wider aisles inside the store. I didn’t end up buying anything at this store either, but Mom bought something.
    • A Stitch In Time – Bethel, CT
      • Gabby from Once Upon a Corgi was having her yarn crawl trunk show at this store and we ended up turning into the parking lot at the same time. Mom and I helped her set up for the day. The yarns had been out the day before, but that table needed to be cleared for knit night. I think we overwhelmed the shop staff a little because we just dove on in and got her set up.
      • Meadowcroft Dyeworks Yarn Rehab Rockshelter Sock in “Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son” – just leapt out at me and wouldn’t let me leave it behind. It’s been a while since a single skein did that for me.
    • New England Yarn and Spindle – Southington, CT
      • Usually we visit this store with the other northwestern CT stores, but the Mum Festival was happening in Bristol that weekend and the area of Bristol affected is right on our route to and from the shop. Friday during the day was likely to be less of a traffic issue than on Saturday.
      • Also, there’s an IHOP just down the street and pancakes for lunch in the best.
      • Cascade Yarns ® Heritage – 5881 — I’ve been trying to supplement specific items in my stash and when I took stock early this year, I found that I had exactly 1 light colored skein to use for contrasting colorwork.
  • Saturday
    • Stars Hollow Yarns – New Preston, CT
      • New shop! They just opened last December and it’s a nice shop. They’re currently showcasing BIPOC dyers, so they had The Farmer’s Daughter, Lady Dye Yarns, and Cashmere People front and center in the shop for the crawl. Pretty sure the whole shop was small dyer and small mill operations, but I can’t be 100% sure.
      • Just some accessibility points – There are steps to get into the store and an upstairs loft, so it wasn’t wheelchair friendly. I don’t know if they have an accessible entrance on the side or back of the building, but it wasn’t readily apparent to me. Also, the lighting upstairs in the loft is dim, so that may be an issue if you have vision considerations affected by lighting.
        • A note on this — I have, in the past, identified accessibility issues in yarns stores I’ve been to on Yarn Crawls before, but if you have questions about accessibility at the yarn stores I mention, please ask! I’d rather answer repeat questions or revisit the stores to confirm accessibility so that you don’t end up wasting your time visiting a store that you physically can’t navigate
      • The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Juicy DK “Porch Pumpkin”
      • Round Mountain Fibers Spruce Fingering “Dark Gray”
    • In Sheep’s Clothing – Torrington, CT
      • 3 balls Noro Ito for a blanket
      • PRIZE!
    • Kit & Pearls – Avon, CT
      • Finished out the crawl!

Dye Stuff

  • Indigo Dye – Used pre-reduced indigo crystals from Dharma Trading Co and followed the directions on their website. In the future, I’ll be reducing the amounts in the recipe to half or a quarter because after all these items, I was still getting strong color within 5 minutes of the materials being in the dye vat. I wasn’t in a place to store the vat properly, so I ended up disposing of a lot of good dye.
    • Fabric – would absolutely do again
      • Solid/semi-solid dye
      • Muslin shibori/resist dye – thread drawn
      • Shibori/resist dye napkins – pressed tiles
      • Shibori/resist dye other fabrics – pressed tiles
    • Yarn – like the colors, but problems rinsing out the excess indigo particles
      • Sweater Quantity Targhee
      • BFL/BFL overdye
      • Mohair dye/overdye
      • Cellulose fibers/overdye
  • Pokeberries
    • Three stalks of berries, mashed with water in the sun for two or three weeks – deep reddish purple
    • Approximately 8% alum to water in the sun for two weeks

 

FOs

  • Two stranded colorwork hat – Brother KH836e knitting machine – punch card 2D, Dial 8 – Once Upon A Corgi “Dark Like My Soul” and “Snow Scout”
  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry – Once Upon a Corgi Handmade yarns (Queequeg/Briny Beach,Tomorrow I Shall Be Fetterless/Lemony Snicket, Miracles and meatballs/ Ghoul Haunted Woodlands of Weir, Dark as a Crow at Night/ Dying to Burn at the Stake) – US 4/3.5 mm needle
  • Simple Seed by Toni Lipsey – Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Worsted leftovers – US J/6 mm
  • Weaving pattern GW T001 S-XXL from GetWeaving – Sampled yarns, made a muslin, warped the loom, wove the fabric, reinforced and cut the fabric, assembled and hand-sewed – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino “Natural”, Classic Elite Yarns Firefly “Silver”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs”, “White Beach”, and “Peacock Luck”, Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove “31”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”, Scheepjes Catona “Emerald”
  • Altar Cloth – Ashford 24” loom, low contrast houndstooth – Cascade Yarns ® Ultra Pima Fine “Armada”, Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy “Palm Springs” and “Peacock Luck”, Schachenmayr Catania Solids “0419”

 

WIPs

  • Redford by Julie Hoover Machine Knit – Swatching and making mistakes at this point, decided to use the LK150 instead of the KH836e – Green Mountain Spinnery Lana in “Gris”
  • FAIRY RING embroidery kit by cozyblue
  • Yellow/White rolagsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • 501st fluffsElectric Eel Nano wheel
  • Half Square Triangle Quilt – Moda 5” charm squares, HSTs trimmed to 4”, started assembling motifs

Other Stuff

Stuff I’m Watching:

  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Stuff I’m Listening To:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo narr by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Race Matters by Cornel West narr by Cornel West, LD Jackson
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller narr by Frazer Douglas
  • Dracula and Carmilla by Bram Stoker, L Sheriden Le Fanu narr by Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini narr by Gerard Doyle
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis narr by Michael York
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis narr by Alex Jennings

 

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Episode 67: Vlog Style

 

FOs

  • Jyn Erso socksMust Stash Yarns self striping – US 0/2.0 mm needles – vanilla socks with after through heels

WIPs

  • Hand-dyed Falkland for 1st ply and Phoenix Fiber Co “Lake Shore” for 2nd ply – Ashford Kiwi 2 – short forward/worsted
  • Experimental rolags – Electric Eel Nano wheel
  • Altar cloth – Ashford 24” rigid heddle loom – warp sley

Discontinued

  • Blue Cone Boxy Sweater – self drafted pattern, Brother KH 836e main bed, dial 1 (even on the tension rod), tuck stitch pattern punch card 2 on long, mystery cotton cone from a closing mill

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A response to “Go vegan” as an answer to the current Amazon burnings

I’ve been seeing an increase in posts proclaiming the Go VeganTM gospel in response to the burning of the Amazon rainforest and I have some Thoughts.

First, support the indigenous work on the ground in Brazil –

Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil

https://coiab.org.br/

https://www.fundopodaali.org.br/

 

The Go VeganTM rhetoric I’ve been seeing on Instagram, specifically in response to corporate greed leading to burning the Amazon, rings of colonialism, ableism, classism, and the “Urban Mindset” (I don’t really have another term for this?).

  1. Colonialism – Ranching/herding, hunting, and fishing has been accomplished sustainably by indigenous cultures since time immemorial. It’s also culturally important to those cultures that are still thriving and reinvigorating themselves. It seems ignorant to say Go Vegan to coastal/island communities where fish are so important in the culture and diet, to where sustainable hunting of deer/rabbit/etc in the forest is important in the culture and diet, to where the dependence on reindeer/cattle/nomadic herd animals is important in the culture and diet, etc. Also, especially for indigenous communities in North America, a lot of the food culture and knowledge was stolen and destroyed with colonialism. Not all crops grow in all places and the historical crop production and foraging information for much of North America is lost or unknown because of our governments’ and ancestors’ active genocide of native culture and the homogeneity in modern farming. (There are a lot of indigenous food culture revival movements currently happening, check out the Toasted Sister podcast for some really great interviews with native food folks in the Americas, but these movements are not necessarily open to non-natives and they have every right to be closed.)(Also look up the varieties of corn and compare that to what you can buy in your grocery store.)
  2. Ableism – Not everyone CAN physically or mentally make the change to a vegan diet. There are any number of things that can affect diet requirements – allergies, intolerances, gut health, mouth/teeth health, how an individual’s body processes fats/sugars, food textures, eating disorders, physical capability… I mean, “just” depression can make it hard to eat food regularly, never mind the content of those meals/snacks until that person’s mental health improves.
  3. Classism – Not everyone can afford to go vegan. I’ll go into this more in the “Urban Mindset” section, but vegetables** are not universally available. Food deserts exist. If grocery stores don’t or can’t afford to (i.e. bodegas, mom + pop grocers, etc) supply vegetables in your area, you can’t go vegan. If grocery stores supply vegetables at a higher cost than you can afford, you can’t go vegan. Homeless folks cannot access food reliably, never mind a vegan diet. Hell, many places, including cities and native reservations in the US and Canada- affluent countries, cannot even drink the water safely. Those communities do not have the same access to vegetables as wealthier communities. Subsistence hunting, ranching, and fishing is still a major way that people get their food.
  4. The “Urban Mindset” – A lot of the talk revolving around Saving The PlanetTM are very urban centric. Not everyone lives somewhere where you can get to a well-stocked grocery store in a reasonable amount of time. Subsistence ranching, hunting, and fishing is often necessary in rural communities. People can and do farm vegetables and grain, but those are seasonal and if the nearest grocery store is several hours away by car (if you even have a car), then winter/dry season/not growing season is going to be a light on vegetables in order to make those winter/dry season/not growing season preserves last until the growing season returns. Also, not all communities are in areas with long growing seasons or in areas with “good” soil. It’s hard to grow soy in northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, etc. If you don’t live in a city that far north, your diet likely depends on fish and meat. (That’s an example – there are obviously other places where the growing season is short/hard because of other environmental factors.)

**I’m using vegetables as a catch all, since most of the things I’ve seen VegansTM preach about are a variety of vegetable substitutes, but also non-local herbs, seeds, nuts, mushrooms, grains, etc. will follow the same availability patterns as fresh veg.

My experience is as a white person in a pretty well-off family in the US in a semi-suburban area (used to be more rural when I was a kid, now is pretty suburban), so I have blind spots in regards to other communities around the world, but these are the things that have been pointed out to me via BIPOC response posts on IG and indigenous podcasts in response to ongoing native food and health reclamation work. There are entire continents where I don’t know enough about the food and farming cultures there to point out the issues with the Go VeganTM response (namely Africa, huge swathes of Asia, and I barely understand Australian climate zones).

It’s fine if you’re vegan and you want to share your diet or recipes with people looking to make that change or expand their food choices. It’s fine if you look at the affluent white, able friends you have and suggest maybe less meat to stop supporting factory farming. Maybe suggest local rancher/butchers who supply local sustainable meat or local chicken folks for eggs for the environmental factor, if your affluent white, able friends are opposed to full vegan or vegetarian. Feel free to post about your personal reasons for changing your diet! But the proclamations being passed around feel like *shaming*-

-which does not help folks who don’t have the health/monetary privilege to afford a vegan diet

-which does not help the exploitation of workers and wage issues (and the white supremacy within those structures that cause an increased affect for BIPOC workers) (money=choices)

– which does not help the spread of misinformation about what harms animals that have already been historically bred to need our help to live and are treated well by non-factory farms (sheep/wool, chicken/eggs, cows/milk) or naturally need intervention (honey bees/honey)

-which does not help folks just scraping by day by day, mentally and/or physically

-which does not improve access to and advancement in health care so that more people can make food choices

-which does not change the “diet” culture and fatphobia in Western society that causes disordered eating

-which does not gain universal access to food

-which does not help grassroots food communities

-which does not stop exploitation of indigenous land and peoples in farming and food production

-which does not stop slavery in agriculture

-and which does not dismantle the systems and power in place that has led to this event.