Wovember

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.

I’ve already mentioned NAKNITSWEMO and NAKNITMO. However November is also the month of Wovember.

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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.

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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.

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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,

Bekki Hill

30 thoughts on “Wovember

  1. I confess I don’t always use pure wool when I’m knitting but like to have at least some wool content in there somewhere. I guess it’s mainly due to the cost and also the ease of caring for the knitted item afterwards – I have accidentally indulged in some felting in the past. However, I applaud the sentiment behind the campaign and do think that pure wool should be given the status it deserves. I see, from the Wovember ‘about page’ that somebody asked about the ‘Woolmark’ symbol and it does still exist and has always stood for quality.

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    1. I agree, it’s never black and white. I once accidently felted a beautiful wool jumper and that did put me off for a while, and it certainly stops me knitting wool for my daughters. As for cost, to become a more reformed character I’m going to view increasing my wool consumption as part of being more eco-friendly and not having so many clothes, but of better quality that last longer.

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    1. You’re right, awareness is the key – at least I think so. I think in general a huge problem with the breeds is that’s they’re not just sat in a shop waiting, so people don’t even realise they exist. I’m definitely challenging myself to explore breed wool more next year.

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  2. Loved your post today. I support my local yarn suppliers, and have learnt so much about the different types of local yarns and dyers. I also buy the more expensive imports, they are all lovely.
    Your scarf is stunning, the yarn and colour is perfect for the lace design. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Good for you – and I love that you’ve said you’ve learn so much, because you’re right, there’s so much to learn that makes the experience of working with a yarn so much more enjoyable and interesting 🙂

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  3. I do love the look of pure wool, Bekki, but i can’t wear it anywhere near my skin. It itches like mad – so even a woollen scarf is out. I can never wear pure Arran jumpers, either. I wish i could. I’ll have a look at the Wovember site (as soon as I’ve caught up with myself after destroying so much of my blog last week.)

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    1. Oh no! Are you still not sorted out on the blog 😦 That’s a shame. Can you not even do something like blue faced Leicester? Mind, I do think scarves can be the worst as your neck’s so sensitive. Good luck with resurrecting the rest of the blog.

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      1. I’m just about there now, Bekki. Some posts had escaped me because the images showed on the published piece on my blog (though they wouldn’t have done on other people’s). I only noticed I’d deleted those when I checked in the Edit file. Very odd, that.
        I take it that blue faced Leicester is not so itchy on the skin? I’ll have a look for that once I’m back to knitting. 🙂

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      2. Good to hear you’re all but there.
        Yes, Blue Leicester is softer, but what I would say is have a look at the whole knit British swatch thing – when you go back to knitting there should be a fair few explored. Different breeds are so different – even the same breed from a different flock sometimes. Also one thing that keeps coming up is how much some breeds soften after a couple of washes. I was also reading about how some breeds are better for sock knitting as more hard wearing and our feet are less sensitive. Although at the end of the day we’re all different, some people can’t wear acrylic, some can’t wear wool.

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      3. Not being able to wear wool must be genetic. My mum couldn’t and most of my children can’t either. It’s such a shame because wool looks and feels so much nicer. As you say, around the neck is the worst.
        can’t wait to do some knitting. I have dreafful withdrawal symptoms, especially after reading your posts! 🙂

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      4. Sorry if I’m causing you anxiety with my evil plan to get the whole world knitting 😉 The itchy thing is really interesting – I’ve thought in the past I can’t wear wool, but then I found blue faced Leicester and this test drive I’m doing with Ryeland has shown only some, more sensitive parts of me, itch with it. When I wore it down my sleeve for ten hours, I completely forgot it was there.

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