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Yes, while you may lose some techniques that depend on wool's specific properties (like felting), there are a variety of fibers still available to the wool-allergic: Other Animal Fibers Alpaca is the most common - but there are also other, more exotic ones - which may be tolerable. Plant Fibers Cotton, linen, hemp. Should be completely tolerable even to ...


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Non-metal circular knitting needles (wood or bamboo) are also available. This is an example of bamboo needles with a plastic cord connecting them:


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If your models cannot be in contact with latex you can use alternatives. Since Latex comes in many forms it's not entirely clear which form you're using but I assume you're mainly referring to latex prosthetics. Latex I think the most common alternative would be to use silicone. Silicone is a man-made alternative to the more natural latex, and it generally ...


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There are a number of non-nickel options available, though the good ones tend to be more expensive than the mainstream options and the inexpensive ones of poorer quality. The most established options: Signature Needle Arts makes aluminum needles. These are very good (sharp points, flexible cables), but pricey and only available online. Boye also makes ...


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The "go-to" material for a lot of people is something that is inexpensive and easy to make using gelatin and glycerin (and sometimes additional ingredients). It can be used directly or foamed. You can make a big batch of the material and it will keep for quite a while. To use it, you melt as much as you need (including recycles from previous use)...


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ChiaoGoo Red Lace are my favorite needles, and they’re made of surgical steel, which should be safe for people allergic to nickel. ChiaoGoo’s FAQ seems to say that while some of their older bamboo needles have nickel-plated joins, all their current products are nickel-free (though there’s some ambiguity about some of their bamboo needles).


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Addi, famous for their exquisitely smooth nickel needles, also makes two other styles involving brass instead of nickel: Addi Turbo Lace Knitting needles: the entire needle is made of brass (top needle in below photo): Addi Natura Bamboo Knitting needles: the connector is made of brass (bottom needle in below photo): I personally have used all three of ...


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I crochet with cotton threads from DMC. You can also look into embroidery and cross-stitch. Cross-stitch can take a long time (especially for big pieces) but are really rewarding. You can pick up kits online that include everything you need for US$20 and less: the pattern chart, all the thread and the cloth. All you need is some scissors and maybe a ...


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I'm allergic to wool and I knit daily. Bamboo is my favorite but silk, linen, hemp, there are even fibres based on nettles and seaweed. I have also knitted cashmere and alpaca with no issues at all.


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The other option that you can do if you have a set that you love is use clear nail polish to seal the metal. While you use the nail polish, use nitrile gloves as a barrier to avoid touching the nickel.


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