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Published on November 5th, 2015 | by Kate O’Sullivan

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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…

The lovely Kate from the popular knitting blog and podcast A Playful Day joins LoveKnitting to talk 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….

Wool Blankets - The lovely Kate from the popular knitting blog and podcast A Playful Day joins LoveKnitting to talk about the woolly month of Wovember and how we can all make wool an important part of our lives...

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.

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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.

Mukluks knitting pattern by tincanknits - The lovely Kate from the popular knitting blog and podcast A Playful Day joins LoveKnitting to talk about the woolly month of Wovember and how we can all make wool an important part of our lives...

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

Erika Knight Maxi Wool - The lovely Kate from the popular knitting blog and podcast A Playful Day joins LoveKnitting to talk about the woolly month of Wovember and how we can all make wool an important part of our lives...

 

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!

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About the Author

Kate can be found at her online home, A Playful Day, where she encourages everyone to find their own daily moment of playfulness. Kate is a wearer of many hats - knitted and professional. A blogger, a podcaster, a writer and a dreamer of things. Kate likes to create and is happiest with a camera in her hand and a notebook of ideas and stories. You can find her snapping on instagram, chatting on Twitter and pinning far too many things on Pinterest as @aplayfulday. She works well on coffee and gin.


Last updated: December 14th, 2015.

2 Responses to A Playful Day: November Wovember

  1. Kris Weeks Oliveri says:

    I am a spinner so I love whatever wool I’m working with at the time. Sometimes it’s from my neighbor’s sheep so I can picture the critter as I spin its fiber. Sometimes it’s roving I bought at a fiber festival. And sometimes it’s not just wool. I blend wool with Tencel, or silk or flax. My spinning is an adventure, not just in Wovember but all year round.

  2. Anji says:

    I love wool and enjoy knitting wool, but as I’m allergic to it. Knitting with rubber gloves on just isn’t the same.

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