Sunday, 6 November 2011

Wooly business...

There's a couple of things happening on the internets that I wanted to share -

The inimitable Kate Davies, of Needled, is the co-founder of a movement in the UK to change clothing and manufacturing classifications of wool products - similar in intent to the Australian Woolmark licensing system, the goal is to change labelling, product descriptions, and labelling to accurately describe to true wool content of products for sale - a noble goal indeed....

I quote from Kate's blog below the aims of 'Wovember' - the month of November devoted to raising awareness and support for wool production and labelling:

(photo credit)

WOVEMBER is about:

* recognising that WOOL is a premium textile which comes from an actual sheep, and that – as such – the terms WOOL, WOOLLY and WOOLLEN should only be applied to real WOOL and not, for instance, to polyester or viscose.

* celebrating the important heritage and contemporary value of WOOL through our 100% WOOL stories, blog posts, pictures, textiles, and garments.

* educating and informing the wider public of the wondrous qualities of WOOL.

* creatively pushing the idea that the word WOOL should refer to sheep’s WOOL only.

* reconnecting the idea of WOOL to the animals and people involved in its creation and manufacture.

* campaigning for a clarification of trading standards to prevent further misuse of the term WOOL.

I encourage everyone to visit the Wovember site to participate and learn some more....

As for the knitting side of things, my lovely and awesome vintage loving friend Tasha has just launched Vintage Knitting College - an ongoing series of posts about knitting vintage patterns, with techniques tips and tricks, all clearly laid out with gorgeous photographs and clear instructions....

This is an ongoing project, and you can find the first post of the series here - getting started with Stranded Knitting!

I'm about to embark om my first colour work project myself, so I'm glad that Tasha will be there to hold my hand along the way....

Sadly, I am a little hungover today, so it's basic knitting, trashy tv and cups of tea for me!

Grandma is a bit hungover today...

I hope your weekend is a little more spirited than mine!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only thing I am interested in when it comes to wool is that it comes from unharmed and well cared for sheep. There is too much abuse of sheep in the production of wool and knitters don't seem to care much. Until this is addressed I will turn to other natural fibres in preferance.