I’ve spent the last week or so finally catching up on some of the posts I missed while we were away. Although, I’m sure heaps more amazing posts have vanished from my radar without trace. Since Lovely Husband can only take holiday at the most inconvenient times, I missed several interesting Wool Week posts. When I caught up, there was one I just couldn’t let go past.
KnitBritish cast on a swatch along on 5th October. Fortunately it’s not to late for me to join in. Yes, you read that right, I’m voluntarily going to knit a swatch.
‘Heavens to Betsy!’ I hear you gasp, ‘What could possibly incite you to do that?’
The clue, of course, is in the name. KnitBritish has had the genius idea of creating a ‘directory’ of British breed swatches that informs how single breed wools knit, wear and the best uses for them. (If you visit the KnitBritish blog you’ll find there’s also a Knit Local SAL happening, so although I’m going to rattle on about British wool for the next part of this post, this SAL is inclusive of all.)
Although the cast on date was 5th October, there is, as yet, no finish date – in order to allow the SAL to build a decent amount of information about different breeds. Since I’ve plans for a big project with Ryeland wool, this seamed the obvious choice for my swatch. Okay, I know a bit about it already, but the Knit British ‘test drive’ will really help me focus and explore in a way I might not have done before. And, oh boy, does the
geek scientist in me just love to analyse from every angle possible.
One of the myths the ‘directory’ will hopefully help dismiss, is that British wool is only good for carpets. (I wash my mouth out as I type that phrase.) British wool should be spun into yarn and celebrated, because many British breeds have a lot to offer us as knitters, crochets and crafters. However, so little is being spun into yarn, many of our farmers are being expected to spend more on producing a fleece than they are paid for it. Which brings me on to another important Wool Week post that I urge you to read, if haven’t already…
Rachel at My Life in Knitwear wrote about the current realities of wool farming in Britain and where the wool we knit comes from. It’s not just a heart breaking story, but a warning that we have much to loose if British wool continues to be side-lined.
Another note that struck me when I read Rachel’s piece was how wasteful and environmentally detrimental the situation is; both in the destruction of fleeces and the environmental costs of using manmade fibres and British yarn companies using imported wool. This leads me on to the final blogger who really drew my attention while I was catching up…
Before I even went away, I realised I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with The Fringe Association’s Slow Fashion October. But I’ve had a rummage and I’d highly recommend checking out some of the links in this post.
Hope you find some of the above useful and interesting. And don’t forget it’s not too late to join in the Knit British/ Knit Local SAL.
Until next time,