Hello! We're Heidi and Jeremy. Together we are the brains, brawn and pretentious genius behind Vegan Yarn. We hand dye yarn in our home studio, located in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
How We Started
Heidi: 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. Thank you for visiting Vegan Yarn and we hope you like it!
What Else Do We Do?
In addition to being passionately committed to animal and human rights, environmental stewardship, and all of the ways that yarn can play a role in them, we are also musicians. We released our first album The View from My Hospital Bed
in January, 2013. Heidi currently performs with her band the Cranky Molluscs.
Tell Me More About You
Heidi: I've been a committed Vegan since 2007, before that I was on and off since high school, but when I finally got off my keester and started doing a little reading, and watched a few documentaries, I became fully convinced, and made the decision to make it a lifetime change. When people ask me why I'm vegan, I say that every reason you could think of? That's it! I've been a knitter since the ripe age of seven, and ever since then I've always found the times when I'm making something with my hands to be the best in my life. Vegan Yarn is the result of my desire to support myself and my family doing work that I love, express myself in the medium I like best, offer something that is beautiful and full of love, and do something to help make change happen.
"We work mindfully to create beautiful things that exist for more than their own sake, that do not exist at the expense of someone’s happiness but as works of art that are made of freedom, compassion and joy." -Heidi Braacx