Woolness from the Archives: Dr Jaeger

Back in Wovember 2012, our good friend Tom Van Deijnen wrote this piece for his carefully curated Wovember Words series. In it, he explores the ideas of the German naturalist and hygenist Doctor Jaeger, and how he saw WOOL as the best medicine; in lieu of this morning’s post, we are reviving Tom’s wondrous Wovember… Continue Reading Woolness from the Archives: Dr Jaeger

Woolness and You – further support

Here is Emma with her final post this week on Wool, Wellness and You.  There is masses of information out there about the mental health benefits of knitting and crafting in general. This week we have spoken about woolness and the impact the individual can have on the community of wool. But woolness is also… Continue Reading Woolness and You – further support

WOOLNESS & ME: Managing anxiety with wool

We’ve been really struck by how honestly Woolness & Me contributors have written about their relationship with wool and wellbeing. Victoria Bennett has written one such post of her management of anxiety with sheepy, characterful wool in her knitting.  Working wool with my hands helps me to manage my anxiety. I asked my mum to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Managing anxiety with wool

The language and connections of woolness

What makes knitted fabric really special, is that it doesn’t seem hi-tech at all. It speaks an emotional and sensual language that we all respond to and inspires love and even obsession.The love in choosing yarns and colours, making every stitch and then after casting off the finished project, passing it on to a knitworthy… Continue Reading The language and connections of woolness

WOOLNESS & ME: Through grief

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Desiree Goodall, who writes about ‘woolness’ in the context of moving through grief and loss; of using wool and needles like a life raft. I was unexpectedly widowed at the age of 30 and found myself inexplicably drawn to knitting – something I hadn’t done for a… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Through grief

Woolness and Me: Introducing Emma Ross

Today we are delighted to welcome Emma Ross and introduce her to you as one of our Wovember contributors this year. Emma will be writing on Woolness and the Individual and Louise wanted to ask Emma a little about herself and what woolness means to her. Hi Emma! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi… Continue Reading Woolness and Me: Introducing Emma Ross