For me, knitting has always been a year round activity. So it wasn’t until I began blogging that I realised how important November was to knitters – or at least to knitters in the northern hemisphere.
Wovember is about celebrating wool and its unique qualities. The founders of Wovember aim to raise awareness of what makes wool different and to encourage people to explore real wool – rather than garments and yarn that are described as wool, woollen or woolly, but have little or no wool content.
If, like me, you think it scandalous that something can be described as wool, woollen or woolly, but have little or no wool content, you can sign Wovember’s petition here.
Wovember also encourages the exploring of local breed yarns, because much wool gets bad press, because people don’t understand how to get the best from it.
The marvellous Wovember crew are posting lots of interesting and useful pieces. They’re also running an Instagram photo competition and a WAL (wool-along), in which one can use any method to create something out of 100% wool. For the Wovember WAL I’ve started knitting a Feather and Fan Scarf using Blacker Yarns’ 100% pure blue faced Leicester laceweight.
If you’ve never heard of Wovember, I urge you to at least take a look at their About page, because the misnomers about wool are relevant to more than just yarn enthusiasts. And, if you are a yarn enthusiast who doesn’t think your local wool is worth working with – wherever you live in the world – take a look at this post which has some great pointers about finding out what a breed wool is really like.
Until next time,