Yes, that’s right, it’s not a typo.
This month is being dedicated to celebrating wool… real wool, that comes from sheep. Not from goats or rabbits or lamas or petro-chemicals, but good old sheep. According to the Wovember website…
The idea is to show our collective appreciation of WOOL by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and celebrating WOOL and its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. We hope that through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of WHAT MAKES WOOL DIFFERENT, and jointly create a force for WOOL APPRECIATION strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed.
So, this month I’m planning two projects using two 100% British wools, both from small producers.
First, I’m finally going to get round to working up the hand-spun Portland wool from Hannah at Spinning a Yarn. I have settled on crocheting a neckwarmer and hat using a pattern from AG Handmades. In fact, I might need a bit more yarn, but I know Hannah has more of the fleece and so she can spin me some more if necessary (how cool is that?).
And second, I received my latest yarn from Burrow and Soar this morning. It’s not ideal for socks because it is 100% wool (which is not tough enough alone for heels and toes), so I’ve found a wonderful pattern from Knitty for fingerless mittens that I’m going to use. If I have enough left over, I’ll also make a beret from this pattern… in fact I can make this by including a contrasting yarn if I don’t have enough. For the first time, the Burrow and Soar wool has arrived in the form of a ‘blank’ – a piece of knitting that has been hand-dyed and needs to be frogged and balled up before use. I will wash it gently to get the kinks out before re-knitting it into the mittens I have chosen. This is what the blank currently looks like:
It will be really interesting to see what it looks like when converted to a completely different shape.
However, before I can get on with these exciting creations, I want to finish a pair of socks using some of the yarn that I received from The UK Hand Knitting Association for my winning picture. (but sshh… it’s 75% wool and 25% polydamide to make the socks hard-wearing).