So that was October.
Once again the monster workload which accompanies the month caught me by surprised (as it does every year), and having been chewed up and safely spat out the other end I find myself in November which means Wovember!
Wovember is a month long celebration of the wonder fibre we yarn botherers love; Wool. You can read more about the project and keep up to date on the Wovember website where you will find daily posts curated by Felicity ‘knitsonik’ Ford, Lousie ‘Knit British’ Scollay, Kate ‘Buachaille’ Davies and Tom ‘Master Mender’ of Holland who have invited a whole flock of guests to write, photograph and record for them.
As my Fleeced journey continues, Wovember has become more relevant to me than ever before and I will be joining in with the project across social media. You can keep up with goings on by following @Wovember on Twitter and enter the Instagram competition by posting your photographs celebrating and appreciating wool in all is forms by tagging your images and search for hashtag #WOVEMBER2015 to see what everybody else is up to.
Fleeced has been gathering a lot of interest over the past few weeks and appeared in a brilliant article by Genevieve Roberts for the Independent on Sunday. A dear friend of mine, Gillian, who I actually met whilst working at Loop, very kindly forwarded the Fleeced blog post on to a few of her journalist friends. Genevieve picked the story up and contacted me just over a week ago to find out more. We had a chat and I told her my background and the story of how the Fleeced project has come about and she did some digging around, contacted a few supporters of British wool whom I recommend she speak to and here we are: “Knitting: Increasing interest driving a new market in specialist British wool“.
Not only is it amazing to see this issue being covered in one of the big Sunday newspapers, it is utterly refreshing to read a mainstream press article addressing the serious issues which affect the knitting and crochet industry and those behind it. Thank you to Gillian for putting me and Genevieve in touch, to Knit British, The Little Grey Sheep, Blacker Yarns, BritYarn, and Baa Ram Ewe for taking the time to respond to Genevieve and tell your part of story and to everyone who has read and shared the article.
As Wovember kicked off, I was invited to appear on the Yarn in the City podcast with Allison and Rachel which is now available for your listening pleasure. We chat about the Fleeced project, the state of the British wool industry and there’s even a brief rummage in my stash! Thank you so much ladies!
Last but not least in today’s whirlwind round-up of goings on is the winner of the Coop Knits Toasty & Baa Ram Ewe Titus giveaway. Thank you so much to everyone who entered – I think there was a fairly even split between the ‘to pom pom’ and the ‘not to pom pom’ comments. I’m thrilled to announce that the name drawn from Mr K’s hat is another Rachel (that’s makes Rachel number 4 in today’s blog post!) who left the comment: “What is life without pom poms?” and I’m inclined to agree! Congratulations Rachel and I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize!
And so where am I up to with the Fleeced project? Well, we are currently working out the logistics of weighing 250+ fleeces so we can get booked in with the scourer and mill. There is a plan involving a dynamometer and a forklift truck – I’ll keep you posted!