Wovember 2016 prizes announced

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  • buy essay legit The Golden Fleece Award goes to the sheepiest project – i.e. the project that from materials through to concept, most thoroughly celebrates the inspirational and material qualities of THE SHEEP
  • 5 possible topics for term paper The Ewe-sain Bolt Award is awarded to the crafter with the fastest fingers, i.e. to the greatest technical feat of WOOLWORK completed during the WAL.
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Fleece Flight – knitted by Lisa in wool from sheep local to her; proceeds from the sale of the pattern that she used support Livestock Conservancy

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Lisa at one of the farms where the wool for her Wovember shawl was grown; she is pictured here with Amaryllis, the guardian animal of the flock

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Annette’s actual sheepy rainbow, containing wool from 11 different sheep breeds!

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ALL THE WOOLLY THINGS! made by Annette

All the yarn here, used and unused, was spun by me this month. Top left is my Furth hat crocheted from two types of yarn I spun, the brown is moorit and black Shetland spun mixed together in a sort of humbug style, then the brim is my special art yarn spun from Black Welsh Mountain and Eider using a technique I learned in Jacey Boggs Faulkner’s Craftsy class on art yarn.

Top right is the start of a poncho which will use a gradient of four tones, brown BFL at the top, which I need to spin a bit more or, then grey Gotland, then pale grey Swaledale, then I need to spin some Whiteface Woodland for the edge.

Below that is some Manx Laoghtan, some dark brown Corriedale and a little bit of brown Icelandic, then one of the two skeins I spun from humbug Jacob, the other of which has been crocheted into the mitt to its left. Those two were spun in slightly different ways to experiment with how the colours of the humbug top played together.

To the left of those is brown Finnish, half of which has been crocheted into a leaf to make a scarf or shawl, which will also use other natural shades, probably of Finnish, but I need to buy more top. Below the leaf is a swatch of mega bulky Swaldale I spun to see how big a yarn I could make! It is big, 2-3 wpi 🙂 also very soft and lovely. I will spin more like this also using different sheepy shades to make a huge cowl.

Below that, the yellow is some old dyed top I had lying around, probably merino but not labelled (certainly WOOL though!) which I spun into singles to make a mobile phone mat for my husband. I was very pleased with how even this came out. To the far right bottom is my first singles yarn, the red, done on the first of Wovember. To the right of that is a merino blend I made on my blending board from top dyed in single shades. Bother, I forgot one – not in the photo is my jade mix yarn.

Then in the centre bottom is my favourite sheepy rainbow project so far, my yarn of 11 sheep! Yes, that gradient knitted up in the swatch with the red is a single yarn.

The Yarn of Many Sheep!

This post is getting too long now, I will do another where I can list all the sheep breeds I have used this Wovember :)’

We just love the enthusiasm, exuberance, and spirit of adventure with which Annette has made all these wonderful woolly things. That’s what it’s all about – trying new things, discovering more about wool, playing, creating and having fun WITH WOOL.

We thought that in that spirit of woolliness and for the love of sheep, that you would enjoy copies of The Baa-ble Hat, Cowl and Mitts patterns, by Donna Smith. These are on their way to you and we look forward to maybe seeing new and multi-breed versions of these in Wovember 2017! Congratulations again on a superb array of woolly achievements this Wovember 🙂

Many thanks again to all who entered the Wovember instagram competition and the Wovember WAL – your participation in the woolly celebrations is what makes Wovember awesome, and we hope you have enjoyed thinking about what wool means to you and how to share that message, and working with wool, this Wovember. Huge congratulations to all, and very best wishes for the festive season.


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  1. Wow! Thank you so much for picking me for the Sheepy Rainbow! I loved spinning all these natural sheepy shades and sharing them with the Wovember ravelry group as well as seeing what everyone else was making and reading all the blog posts 🙂 I love Wovember even more now and look forward to making a Baa-ble set in handspun sheepy shades next Wovember!

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