Thank you all so much for your comments on yesterday's post about the Angora yarn. I wanted to raise everyone's awareness that the cruelty does take place. Apparently China supplies about 90% of the world's Angora fur, and from the news report I linked in yesterday's post, it would seem that they harvest the fur in the most inhumane way.
However, as Annie (knitsofacto) so rightly said, there are many smaller, and local Angora suppliers from whom you can purchase yarn. She even provided a helpful link for an Angora supplier in the UK: http://www.bigwigsangora.co.uk/about-angora that she can personally vouch for as being kind and humane breeders.
Although I did a search of Angora suppliers here in Ontario, I couldn't find anything on the websites that specifically described how they harvested the fur. I'm assuming they just naturally do this in a humane way without even giving thought to it.
So I apologize for posting hastily yesterday about the Angora. I was just so upset by what I saw, and felt I wanted to help spread the word against the cruelty to animals. It was certainly an unpleasant revelation to me, and it's shown me that I need to buy my yarn carefully, and read the labels to see where it originated.
Although I've never knit with angora myself (I've mostly been using my mother's stash of pure wool since I learned to knit), I have been knitting with some alpaca. My daughter has informed me that there's an alpaca farm just north of us, and when she's home this weekend, I hope we can spare a bit of time to head up there together to choose some yarn for a hat she wants. To own an alpaca farm has been a dream of mine, but the older I get, the further away that dream drifts ... I think alpacas are as cute as the rabbits ;)
Thank you all once again for all your heartfelt comments on this topic, and thank you so much for stopping by again today ;)