Book Trailer: Beans on Toast #4

Beans on Toast #4 is OUT NOW! Don’t miss the fantastic fourth episode of Marvellous Mildred, the puzzling fourth episode of Sherman & Geynes, the engaging fourth instalment of What me and Jude did while everyone else was at school, or the puzzle pages in this funny, old fashioned, black and white, vegan comic for kids aged 5 and up – available from our little vegan bookshop ๐Ÿ˜€

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Welcome to the Club!

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Welcome to all the new members of Violet’s Vegan Comics club. We absolutely love your home-made membership cards and have added you to the Members’ Page ๐Ÿ˜€ If anyone else wants to enter our Last of the Month Club Members’ Prize Draw for a chance to win a new comic book, it’s easy to join – all you need to do is make yourself a membership card and show it to us. Go to the club page to find out how! But don’t wait too long – the last of the month is only four days away and the prize is a copy of the brand new Vegan Rascals comic!

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New Vegan Rascals comic – OUT NOW!

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The first issue of Vegan Rascals is finally here and we love it! A proper old-fashioned comic with multiple stories, a fact file, a puzzle page and a yummy chip butty recipe. And as if that wasn’t enough – there’s a board game on the back! Not bad for under a fiver eh?! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Of course all the stories are free to read here, but if you’d rather read a proper paper book, this is it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Vegan Rascals #1

Pages: 57
Binding: Paperback
Interior: Colour
Dimensions: US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

Available from our Lulu shop ๐Ÿ˜€

More Wind Turbines? HANG ON A MINUTE!

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Anyone who has read Venus Aqueous episode 4 will know how we feel about wildlife carnage caused by wind turbines, so when I got an email today from Greenpeace, asking me to write to my MP and get them to tell Michael Gove to end the UK’s ban on land-based windfarms, I was very concerned indeed. Not because I am against renewable energy you understand, only methods of generating it which maim and kill.

There is much information, at the bottom of the Venus #4 page, about alternative technology which generates wind energy without bird-and-bat-bashing blades, some of it invented more than ten years ago, and yet all the big energy companies are ignoring them and sticking with turbines. Now the government, encouraged by Greenpeace, is thinking about doing the same, but anyone who believes that the potential consequences for all life on Earth should be considered before anything is built or installed should read this article by Whit Gibbons, and then write to their MP and ask them to tell Michael Gove NOT to lift the ban on new UK wind farms.

This planet does not belong to us.

“Although viewed as a clean and sustainable energy source, wind power is not without environmental costs and hazards that should be acknowledged and addressed. Unequivocal documentation exists that windmills kill more than 300,000 birds each year, especially species that fly at night [as well as bats]. …. However, another aspect of wind turbines also needs to be considered. How does wind energy development and operation on a commercial scale affect nonflying wildlife? An article in Applied Energy by Jeff Lovich (U.S. Geological Survey) and Josh Ennen (Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute) provides important perspectives on environmental impacts of windfarms. Wind power is a promising source of renewable energy and has gained popularity among advocates in recent years. Wind is widely seen as an alternative to fossil fuels. However, the costs as well as the benefits need to be considered when adopting windmills or any other energy source.

Lovich and Ennen conducted an exhaustive scientific literature survey of research addressing environmental consequences from all aspects of windmill energy production. Their findings reveal some of the downsides of giant windmill farms other than whacking birds and bats out of the sky with enormous spinning blades. Power companies, regulators and politicians advocating wind turbines need to pay attention to the findings.

Following are factors, other than killing flying creatures, that should be considered when assessing the pros and cons of wind as an energy source.

  1. Environmental impacts of destruction and modification of habitat at the windmill site: Roads are never environmentally friendly, and the permanent presence of those needed for windmill construction and maintenance can cause lasting ecological damage to animals that must travel between habitats. During construction, heavy machinery may cause soil compaction and erosion that can kill subterranean animals. Wind turbines sit on enormous concrete pads that eliminate native habitat from use by plants and animals.
  2. Effects due to air and ground vibration, constant noise, shadow flicker from propellers during the day: Although more research is needed, these disturbances may have negative impacts on ground-dwelling animals. The droning noise of propellers and the near-imperceptible but ever-present vibrations could also be a problem for people living nearby.
  3. Offsite impacts related to acquiring, processing and transporting construction materials: Building a wind turbine and moving it to the site requires considerable expenditure of energy before the windfarm itself begins to offer a positive return.
  4. Microclimate changes downwind: Natural climate regimes can be altered as far away as 14 miles downwind of a large windfarm. One finding showed that ground level temperatures were higher at night, but lower than normal later in the day. Such changes may be small but they create conditions that native plants and animals have not previously experienced. More studies are necessary to determine if downwind impacts have long-term effects on wildlife.
From Wind Power Comes With Environmental Costs, Hazards by Wit Gibbons

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Hang on a minute – the Alpha311 addresses all these problems!

โ€œWhile our turbines can be placed anywhere, the optimal location is next to a highway, where they can be fitted on to existing infrastructure. Thereโ€™s no need to dig anything up, as they can attach to the lighting columns that are already there and use the existing cabling to feed directly into the grid. The footprint is small, and motorways arenโ€™t exactly beauty spots.โ€

Mike Shaw, a spokesperson for the company.

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Now that’s what I’m talking about! Why are they still installing bird-bashers?! These babies generate energy from the whoosh of passing traffic. Tell that to Michael Gove!

Crossword Puzzle: Animal Farming is Bad. Well duh!

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Read this article from Greenpeace and this one from Food Revolution Network to find all the answers to the crossword puzzle below:

Or you can download and print the whole lot here:

For those who don’t want to download it, I’ll show you the answers tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

Most popular stories of February!

The most popular story for little ones at Violet’s Vegan Comics is: Whatโ€™s good for the goose is not good for the panda

And the most popular story for ages 8 and up – Reflecto Girl 8 – How would YOU like it?

The most popular fairy tale is: The princess who liked to be popular

And the most popular story for 12 and up – Maddicts

Have you read them yet?

What will you read next? There are tonnes of vegan children’s stories, with lovely vegan characters, to choose from on our stories and comics page. Read them for free, any time you like. ๐Ÿ˜€

Back on dry land at last

The story continues from yesterday but, if you missed the beginning, you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Woohoo! Don’t you just love a happy ending? ๐Ÿ˜€

If you’d like to read more funny and exciting stories, go home, and don’t forget to FOLLOW so that you don’t miss new stories when they come out (for email followers, it’s that white button in the sidebar with a white word you can’t read. I’ve tried to change the colour of the text but nothing I’ve done works. Anybody know how? ๐Ÿ˜€ )

Have a great weekend! โค

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Let’s get out of here!

The story continues from Monday but you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Woohoo! Take that Flat-Capped Menace! Come back tomorrow for the emotional reunion of Sindy and Stella Snowdrop ๐Ÿ˜€

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We interrupt this story to bring you –

I’m sorry the penultimate instalment of our current story has had to be postponed until tomorrow, due to unfinished artwork which Miranda is – as we speak – hurrying to complete. If you haven’t been following it, or you’ve missed any of it, you can read what’s happened so far in this exciting vegan comic, ๐Ÿ˜€ and while you’re waiting for its conclusion, enjoy this commercial break ๐Ÿ˜€

Vego vegan chocolate

Go on – you know you want some ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Search party

The story continues from Friday but you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ok girls, celebrate later. There’s a mad man and a stupid man on board, get the heck out of there!

Come back on Wednesday to see if they make it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Safety in numbers

The story continues from yesterday but you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Now he’s angry ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Will he find little Sindy and her would-be rescuers before they make their escape? I hope not. Come back Monday to find out!

And in the meantime, have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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Self-Sufficient Sindy

The story continues from yesterday but you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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And she’s off! Woohoo! But where’s Mildred?

Don’t miss what happens next, tomorrow!

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Splash!

Desperate to rescue Sindy Snowdrop from the evil Flat-Capped Menace are Marvellous Mildred and her friends, the Girl Scout Twins. The story continues from yesterday and you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oh Sindy! Just keep chewing! Hurry Mildred, hurry!

Don’t miss what happens next, tomorrow!

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Here they come!

Hot on the trail of the evil Flat-Capped Menace are Marvellous Mildred and her friends, the Girl Scout Twins. The story continues from yesterday but if you missed the earlier instalments of Marvellous Mildred #4, you can read the whole vegan comic here ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m holding my breath – and I hope they are too! Good luck girls, I hope you make it. Find out tomorrow if they do ๐Ÿ˜€

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Never again

Vegan superhero comic for kids, Reflecto Girl #8, concludes. For the whole story, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stay in touch, episode 4 of Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins resumes on Monday, but until then, there are plenty more comics to choose from here.

Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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Vigilante vibe

Vegan comic for kids, Reflecto Girl #8, continues from yesterday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ooh! Nearly finished! Just got a bit more drawing to do, then I’ll give you the conclusion later today ๐Ÿ˜€

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Whoop whoop

Vegan comic for kids, Reflecto Girl #8, continues from yesterday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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No he doesn’t.

Come back tomorrow to see what happens next!

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Where did the chickens go?

Vegan comic for kids, Reflecto Girl #8, continues from yesterday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ It’s not looking good for the lorry driver.

Come back tomorrow to see what happens next!

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Wilful non-compliance

Vegan comic for kids, Reflecto Girl #8, continues from Friday. For earlier Reflecto Girl episodes, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Come back tomorrow to see how he likes it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Low bridge

For earlier Reflecto Girl episodes, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Uh oh. You’re in trouble now driver. Come back on Monday to see how he fares ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

And in the meantime, have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

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New Reflecto Girl story starts Monday!

Reflecto Girl and Distracto Boy are back – or they soon will be – and are just one quick change away from another daring rescue ๐Ÿ˜€

So don’t miss it – every day next week, and if you want even more excitement, look out for Duster the WonderDog, hidden somewhere in the story:

Duster the WonderDog

The first person to tell me they’ve spotted him in the story will get a free copy of the new Vegan Hotdog comic when it comes out ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great weekend! โค

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Make a Cute Rag Mouse

Rag Mouse

Here’s how to make an adorable rag mouse like this one:

Cut out the main head and body piece for your cloth mouse. I used a rectangle, folded in half. With right sides together, stitch around the edges, leaving one end open for stuffing.

Choose a different fabric for your arms and legs. Cut strips about the same length as your main piece, as wide as you want them, with room to spare for turning back the right way around after sewing.

Fold it in half (right sides together) and sew, leaving an open end to add stuffing.

Make another one, then turn them right side out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Then make legs. You can make long legs, the same as the arms, or little legs. Either way is fine, so do whichever you fancy. I’ve done little legs this time.

Stuff them all with kapok. If you don’t have kapok you could use old socks to stuff them, or fabric cuttings. I have done this with some of my mice, it just makes them a little bit heavier, and somewhat lumpy. When they are stuffed, sew them together! Remember that your main piece is head and body, so the arms go a little higher than half way down, depending on how big a head you want your mouse to have. ๐Ÿ˜€

Next cut out some fabric squares to make the ears. Sometimes I make very tiny ears, this time I made big ears, then I sewed them right sides together, trimmed the edges, and turned them right side out. Make two. (You probably noticed that I have used pinking shears to cut my material. You don’t have to do that but it’s good for preventing the fabric from fraying).

Then tuck the ears over the top corners of the mouse’s head and sew them on, like so:

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Next you need to make a nose for your mouse. Cut three triangular pieces and then, putting their right side edges together, sew them together lengthways, to their points – I’m not explaining this very well – look at the diagram below ๐Ÿ˜€ Leave the base ends open, turn right side out and fill with stuffing.

Then tuck in the edges, and sew the nose onto the mouse’s face.

Next your mouse will need some eyes. I sewed over and over in one place to make these eyes, but you could sew circles of fabric on, or use buttons.

Now your mouse needs a tail ๐Ÿ˜€ This time I folded a length of fabric up so that the edges were tucked in, and sewed it over, but I have also used ribbons and oddments in the past. Attach the tail to the back of the mouse’s body.

Now your mouse is finished! I bet he’s cute ๐Ÿ˜€ Send me a photo, I’d love to see him or her โค Here’s some I made earlier:

You can make lots of friends for your mouse, in all shapes and sizes. Here are some I made earlier:

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So there you have it ๐Ÿ˜€ A word of warning – once you start making rag mice, you may find it difficult to stop ๐Ÿ˜‰

Relinquish, Redirect, Restore

“We cannot wait for governments – we must act immediately – and moving to a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing any individual can do”

Dr Richard Nicholson, Councillor for Haywards Heath
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In July 2022, Haywards Heath Town Council became the first town in Europe to endorse the Plant Based Treaty, this was later followed by the City of Edinburgh Council in January 2023.

Dr Richard Nicholson, Councillor for Haywards Heath says, “The South East of England has endured the highest ever summer temperatures in history and people’s properties have been destroyed by fire and flood. We cannot wait for governments – we must all act immediately – and moving to a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing any individual can do to help address the grave situation we face. I’d encourage all Town, District, County and Metro councils to sign the Plant Based Treaty immediately.”

A coalition of groups is urging town and city councillors up and down the country to support sustainable diets by signing the Plant Based Treaty.

You can read the Plant Based Treaty in full here but, in a nutshell, it is a promise from the towns and cities who sign, not to build new or expand existing animal farms; to promote the benefits of plant-based diets in hospitals and schools; to teach farmers how to transition from animal to arable farming; and to redirect subsidies to fruits and vegetables growers so that everyone has access to healthy food.

Twenty cities have so far endorsed the Plant Based Treaty – in India, Turkey, the USA, and the UK – have you written to your town council? It’s easy to do. The nice people at the Plant Based Treaty have written the letter for you (which you are free to personalise) and have already worked out who the councillors are for each town so all you have to do is add your name ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s do this!

There is a big blue sky!

Vegan Christmas Story: Big Blue Sky, continues from yesterday, but if you want to read it all at once, here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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We wish you a very happy, peaceful Christmas and an awesomely vegan New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค xxx

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Father Christmas saves the day

Vegan Christmas Story: Big Blue Sky, continues from yesterday, but if you want to read it all at once, here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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Come back tomorrow to see how Clarence and Luca’s story ends โค

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Getting out

Vegan Christmas Story: Big Blue Sky, continues from yesterday, but if you want to read it all at once, here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oh no! No no no! Is all hope lost? Come back tomorrow to find out โค

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Just keep looking

Vegan Christmas Story: Big Blue Sky, continues from yesterday, but if you want to read it all at once, here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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Story continues tomorrow โค

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A Different Kind of Christmas Story

It’s that time of year again and, for those who haven’t read it before, here begins our Christmas Story: Big Blue Sky. I will share a little of it every day this week, but if you want to read it all at once, here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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Story continues tomorrow โค

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Easy Vegan Soda Bread

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I’ve always loved bread but it doesn’t love me, so in recent years I’ve had to avoid it. I feel better if I avoid gluten and yeast most of the time but once in a blue moon I just can’t resist a bit of toast. So I decided to have a go at soda bread. Unfortunately, they usually put egg and/or milk in shop-bought soda bread, and anyway it comes in a plastic bag. So I looked online for vegan soda bread recipes and discovered that they include buttermilk, which is made by adding vinegar to milk and makes the air bubbles form in the dough when it’s cooking. The vegan recipes therefore do the same with plant-based milk. But I didn’t have any of that either, so I thought I’d try substituting plain old water. And it worked! Here’s how: First pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 (200*c, 400*f).

  1. Weigh out 12 ounces of self-raising, gluten-free flour and put it in a mixing bowl. You can add a couple of pinches of salt if you want to.
  2. Separately, add one tablespoon (15ml) of organic apple cider vinegar to 250ml of cold water and mix.
  3. Add the liquid to the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon.
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vegan soda bread

4. Then spoon the moist mixture into a lined loaf tin,

and flatten it with the back of a wet spoon.

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5. The next bit is VERY important – I learned this the hard way and still have a scar on my left index finger. Before you put it in the oven, cover the tin with foil. If you don’t, the top crust will bake very hard and the weight you’ll have to put behind your sharp, serrated bread knife to slice through it, could result in a bloody mess ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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I use if you care foil and greaseproof paper because it’s recycled and eco-friendly. Since this won’t make the foil dirty, you can fold it up afterwards and reuse it ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, I’ve just noticed, on the if you care website, that they have an illustration of a roasted chicken on one of their products, which is very disappointing.

I’ll have to tell them that people who care wouldn’t be roasting chickens. It’s horrible when someone you trusted lets you down.

Anyway, back to the vegan soda bread:

  1. Bake in a medium-hot oven (gas mark 6) for 40 to 45 minutes.

7. Don your oven gloves, hold your head away from the oven when you open the door, take out your loaf, remove the foil and put the bread on a wire rack to cool.

When it’s cool you can use it right away, or freeze it, but what I do at this point is slice up the whole loaf and put a small piece of greaseproof paper in between each slice, wrap it, put it in a container, and then freeze it.

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That way, I can take my bread out of the freezer a slice at a time, keeping it fresher for longer.

I prefer mine toasted, so it goes straight from the freezer to the toaster, add some peanut butter, Marmite and baked beans for a delicious nutritious meal in minutes. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Make your own Megan doll

Megan - vegan comic book character

If you’d like your own Megan doll (from the Megan & Flos vegan science fiction comics), here’s how to make one ๐Ÿ˜€

First, find a pattern.  I used Jean Greenhowe’s “ten of the best” pattern which is from this book but there are plenty of others to choose from, including lots of free ones you can download.

 So, I won’t give you pattern details, you can just download whichever pattern you fancy and then make her look like Megan.  If you don’t know how to knit yet, you can either learn, or sew a ragdoll instead ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, this is what I did:

I used DK (Double Knitting thickness) acrylic yarn from my bag of oddments – no need to buy anything new. Her clothes don’t have to be blue, you can choose what she wears, and if you don’t have a bag of oddments, they often sell bags of leftover yarn in charity shops.  I used UK size eleven (3 mm) needles.

The pattern I used starts at the ankles and works up to the top of her head (working in stocking stitch – one row knit, one row purl).  I started in dark blue, for her jeans, then I changed colour, and knitted her light blue top, up to her shoulders,

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knitting vegan comicbook character doll

then I changed colour again, to pink for her head. Then I cut the yarn, leaving a long length to thread through the stitches. Hey – didn’t I say I wasn’t going to explain the pattern? Sorry – I guess that’s useless information if you don’t have the pattern, and superfluous if you do. Oh well ๐Ÿ˜€

Excuse my photos by the way, my camera phone is very old. But you get the idea with that ๐Ÿ™‚

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Arms
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Feet

Then I knitted the arms and the feet.  Megan is wearing baseball boots, so I knitted the feet two thirds white, one third red. As you can see from the photo of the finished doll, they are proper red. I don’t know why the photos here make them look brown ๐Ÿ˜€ Then I sewed laces into the red part.

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Then it was time to sew her up and stuff with kapok (natural organic fibre harvested from kapok trees, used for centuries – probably – for stuffing pillows and soft toys). But if you don’t have any kapok, you could fill your doll with cut up strips of old T-shirt. Any soft material will do.

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how to make a vegan comicbook character doll

Before stuffing, it was necessary to sew down the middle of the dark blue legs section, to create two legs, and after stuffing I tied a length of yarn around the base of the pink section, to make the head ๐Ÿ˜€ The boots were folded, sewn and stuffed before being attached to the ankles; and the arms sewn, stuffed and attached at the shoulders.

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how to make a vegan comicbook character doll

Next she needed a face! I just sewed her features on, and not very well at first – embroidery is not my strong suit – so I unpicked it and tried again. And again, until I was happy with it ๐Ÿ˜€

She doesn’t look like Megan yet does she? That’s because she needs hair!

So I made the hair by cutting lots of long lengths of yellow yarn, tying them in the middle, and sewing them from top to bottom of the back of Megan’s head. Ouch! Your pattern will show you how ๐Ÿ˜€

If you only have a little bit of yellow for her hair, the pattern shows you how to make a hat or a hood for her, and then you’ll only need a little bit to stick out the front.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now she looks very Megan-ish! But there’s still one more thing she needs – do you know what it is?

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Her solar-powered gravity-adjusting belt of course!

For this I cast on five stitches of purple and worked in moss stitch (every row knit) until it was long enough.  I kept measuring it up against the doll as I went along, until it was the right length. Then I cast off, sewed the ends of the belt together, and added the gems. Or did I sew on the gems first, and then sew the ends together? You decide ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ta-daa!

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She looks ready for adventure doesn’t she?!
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Why don’t you make yourself a Megan doll? ย Or a Reflecto Girl doll? Or any of our heroic vegan characters. And do send us photos if you make any, we’d love to see them ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marie Canning – vegan ceramicist

Manchester Pig Save

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I was so moved by a post I read this week that I wanted to share it with you. Since there was no reblog button I am copying and pasting, so please go over to Marie’s site to LIKE and comment on the original post, it’s such a … what word am I looking for? I am lost for words. All I will say is that I’m so grateful to Marie for sharing her experience and lighting a fire under me. The following are all Marie’s words (and photos):

On Tuesday last week, in the pouring rain, I headed to Manchester for a peaceful vigil outside a slaughterhouse. I have never been to one before, and honestly, I never believed it would be something I could manage. But recently Iโ€™ve felt ready to step forwards much more with my animal activism.

The slaughterhouse is in Ashton-under-Lyne and activists there have been peacefully protesting for years. Animal Saves are done in cities and towns all over the world. After some time the activists here have developed a good relationship with the security guard who allows the trucks to stop for a few minutes before going in.

I pulled up right in front of the group to ask for directions of where best to park and saw a slaughter truck at the gate. I had been feeling strong but immediately felt myself break. After I parked up I walked to meet the small group. The last slaughter truck had gone in. Annoyed at myself I didnโ€™t even manage a hello before becoming upset. Thankfully this didnโ€™t seem unusual behaviour and everyone welcomed me with open arms.

Another slaughter truck pulled in. The driver stopped at the gate. The activists moved forwards to the truck. Many had bought stools to stand on as the open section is quite high. Someone kindly offered me theirs. I stood on it and looked into the truck. It was crammed with young pigs. The heat and the smell was intense โ€“ I know they could have been in that truck for hours without food or water. They were very quiet and barely moved. I didnโ€™t want to look in their eyes but I made myself. I could only see fear and it was beyond intolerable to see an animal that frightened. The driver beeped his horn. We all stepped back. The truck drove into the slaughterhouse. Just before we did I managed to stroke one of their ears with one finger peeking through the bars and tell them it would all be over soon.

This process repeated itself I think 7 more times in the 2 hours I was there. I canโ€™t say it got any easier. The other activists told me about themselves, everyone introduced themselves to me, someone bought a bunch of vegan snacks. I politely nibbled mine, I couldnโ€™t stomach it. I was struck by their friendliness though. Occasionally while you were chatting you could hear screaming in the background. I declined to go closer to the area where the animals are killed to be a witness to the screaming. But maybe I will be ready for that another time.

It may seem like quite a pointless thing to be doing for some of you reading. As of course you canโ€™t stop what is happening to those animals you lock eyes with. You just have to step back when the driver beeps his horn and let the animals go in. The answer to why is to simply bear witness to an injustice, to document it and to share it. With the hope that this may help more and more people connect with farmed animals and consider to not be a part of their exploitation. This blog post explains what you are trying to achieve way better than I am as well as providing self care to activists and is well worth a read โ€“ https://www.dominionmovement.com/self-care

For myself โ€“ although I know what happens to animals in animal agriculture and am horrified by that โ€“ seeing part of the process was another level of knowledge. It was obviously extremely tragic and upsetting. But I know now that I can be extremely upset and act at the same time. I feel like the least I can do is look into their eyes and acknowledge and witness what is being done to them, even if I canโ€™t stop it.

I am still processing that day, thinking about the pigs I met, the ears I stroked and the backs I rubbed. I hope theyโ€™re at peace now. Iโ€™m grateful for the kindness of the other activists, how gladly they welcomed me. Many cars beeped their horns and waved as they drove by seeing the signs โ€“ it feels like all hope is not lost.

Marie Canning – Manchester Pig Save 15.11.22
Manchester Pig Save

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Most popular stories of October!

The most popular story for little ones at Violet’s Vegan Comics is: How many friends could a Bibbolybob make if a Bibbolybob came to Earth?

And the most popular story for ages 8 and up – Megan and Flos #7: Mitis ๐Ÿ˜€

And the most popular fairy tale – When There Were Witches!

And the most popular story for 12 and up – A Story for Halloween

Have you read them yet?

What will you read next? There are tonnes of vegan children’s stories, with lovely vegan characters, to choose from on our stories and comics page. Read them for free, any time you like. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hold on tight!

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Wednesday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Sindyyy!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Why is the Flat-Capped Menace taking baby Sindy to a ship?! Will our heroes get there in time to stop him?! These questions and more will be answered when this story continues, which will happen as soon as Miranda finishes drawing it.

For now – have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

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“The next stage of my genius plot!”

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Monday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Blast that Flat-Capped Menace and his robots! Hurry Mildred – they’re getting away!

Come back on Friday to see if our heroes can stop them before they reach the ship ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

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Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Here goes nothing

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Friday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Uh oh. This is not going well at all. Poor Sindy Snowdrop is getting further and further out of reach! Come back on Wednesday to see what our heroes do next! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Plan B?

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Wednesday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Bungee cord? Whatever next?!

Find out what’s next by coming back here on Monday ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

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Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Watch yourself Gerty

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Monday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Uh oh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Plan B?

If at first they don’t succeed, they’ll try and try again – on Friday ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

There they go!

Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from Friday. For the story so far, click here ๐Ÿ˜€

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Oh my goodness! So close! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Will they be able to rescue little Sindy? Come back on Wednesday to find out ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Catch that tram!

For previous episodes of Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, click here. Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from yesterday:

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ Pedal fast girls – that baby’s life depends on it!

Have a great weekend but don’t forget to come back on Monday to find out what happens next ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Heeelp!

For previous episodes of Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, click here. Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from yesterday:

Hurry girls! Will our heroes get there in time to save Sindy Snowdrop? Come back tomorrow to find out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.

Fiendish plan

For previous episodes of Marvellous Mildred and the Girl Scout Twins, click here. Episode 4 – Serious Trouble for Sindy Snowdrop – continues from yesterday:

funny vegan comic for kids

That evil kidnapping fiendish villain! Where on Earth are Mildred and the girls?! Come back tomorrow to find out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Marvellous Mildred, the Girl Scout Twins and the Flat-Capped Menace are characters from the vegan comic by Miranda Lemon.

This comic was created with ComicLife by Plasq

Violet's Vegan Comics logo

Violet’s Vegan Comics – making funny, exciting and sometimes action-packed vegan children’s books since 2012.