A Playful Day: November Wovember
The lovely Kate from the popular knitting blog and podcast A Playful Day is back! This time she talks about the woolly month of Wovember and how we can all make wool an important part of our lives…
I have a confession and I’m hoping that we can just keep it between you and I, if that’s ok?
I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I could stand to have a little more wool in my life….
Take my freelance uniform as proof of this: a cosy sweater, joggers and synthetic slippers. Warmth and comfort is key as I type and edit away for hours. Yet, where is the wool? It’s not just the lack of handknits that I’m frustrated by – my store bought clothes aren’t much better. One sweater I bought years ago was clearly labelled wool but a shivery afternoon prompted me to examine it further. A familiar squeak confirmed it: the reason I wasn’t benefitting from wool’s wonderful insulating property was because there was only a paltry 10% of wool in it.
Action against mislabelling textiles as wool and a true appreciation of all that this Super Fibre can give us is exactly what Wovember is about. Wovember happens each year and is a month long focus on wool as a premium textile, reconnecting the idea of Wool to the animals and people involved in its creation and manufacture. You can join by helping spread the word about why you love Wool so much and there’s plenty of inspiration to be found on the Wovember website.
This year, Wovember is prompting me to get serious about how much Wool I have in my life and those synthetic slippers are the first thing to go. Why have I yet to knit myself woollen slippers? I know it will keep me far warmer than anything store bought yet I shiver on regardless. I tend to knit lots of shawls which are pretty but bypass some of the more functional aspects of my daily wardrobe.
So this Wovember I’ll be casting on some Mukluks, by Tin Can Knits. It’s my first stranded colourwork experience and I’m hoping the chunky weight helps me whip these up quick before things get really cold. I’ve chosen Erika Knight’s Maxi Wool, a super soft, chunky 100% wool made from British Massam sheep.
A love and deep appreciation for wool as a premium fibre is at the heart of Erika’s yarn range. Erika’s commitment to pure wool in her yarn ranges was obvious when she says:
“For me, wool is the ultimate fibre; perfect natural design. The ancient and authentic process of shearing, spinning and dyeing wool is as captivating and relevant to modern knitters as ever. The natural bounce of wool makes the process of knitting with it a joy. It is fabulously soft and comfortable to wear, keeping you warm and cool whatever the weather.” – Erika Knight
Working with a true wool in this month long celebration of a natural fibre that is rich in texture, heritage and character feels pretty good. The fact I’ll have warm toes too? Wovember, my toes thank you!
What wool do you love? Tell us in the comment box!
Last updated: December 14th, 2015.