This post was originally published on the Wovember blog on the 6th Wovember, 2011. It was written by Kate Davies and we are thrilled to republish it here as one of our “from the Wovember archives” pieces. We all probably know that knitting socks for “our boys” became a part of the war effort during… Continue Reading From the Wovember Archives: Sheep as Propaganda
It seems that every member of Team Wovember has a soft spot for Magnus and Justyna Holburn’s Foula Wool. Kate has designed a hat/tea-cosy knitting pattern called Tea Jenny. Tom is working on a men’s Fair Isle cardigan knitting pattern, to be launched later in Wovember, and Felix is a general admirer and desperate to… Continue Reading Foula Wool Q&A
Grand Prize Winner: sponsored by Jamieson and Smith Deborah Barr, “Encounter on Gamle Strynesfjellsvegen, Norway” Congratulations, Deborah! You win a £100 voucher from Jamieson & Smith! Best sheep photos: sponsored by Blacker Designs Lucy Razzall, “Henry Moore’s Sheep” Helena Callum, “Goldilocks” Amy Karasz, “Neve and Wren” Congratulations Lucy, Helena, and Amy! Amy wins a £20… Continue Reading We have winners!
Wovember — our month-long celebration of WOOL is now drawing to a close. Today, it is very easy to use the internet as a platform for a campaign, but in the 1950s, the Woolmark Company / International Wool Secretariat had a rather different idea to publicise the virtues of wool. They held a competition in… Continue Reading There is no substitute for WOOL
Today we feel incredibly honoured to feature Oliver Henry on the Wovember blog. Known to Shetland friends and locals as “Ooey Ollie” (ooey = woolly), Oliver has been sorting and grading wool at Jamieson and Smith for almost 45 years. In so many respects, Oliver really is the Shetland Woolbrokers, and what he doesn’t know… Continue Reading Wool Is . . . a guest post from Ooey Ollie
Did you know that LAMBS-WOOL is the name of a traditional English beverage? This tasty brew is made by mixing hot ale with sugar, spices and roasted apples – either whole crab-apples, or pulped cooking apples – and its woolly name derives from the ‘fleecy’ appearance of the apples floating on the surface of the… Continue Reading drinking lambs-wool
(Robert Bakewell’s Dishley Ram, who heralded the development of modern longwool British breeds) Hurrah for WOVEMBER the first! What? You don’t even know what WOVEMBER is? Might we suggest that you take a look at the About page to learn more about WOVEMBER. You may then like to sign the WOVEMBER petition, and enter our… Continue Reading Wovember is GO!