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WOVEMBER is about…

how to write a research paper fifth grade 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 heritag
e 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.

To involve yourself with WOVEMBER, you can…

research paper school discipline * sign the WOVEMBER PETITION to support changes to textile trading standards and product descriptions.
* TALK ABOUT WHAT WOOL MEANS TO YOU throughout WOVEMBER on your blogs, sites, facebook pages, twitter feeds, and other social media.
* PUBLICISE WOVEMBER by sharing our button (below) and linking to this site.
* send us WOVEMBER stories about sheep, wool, knitting, weaving or other endeavours which celebrate WOOL in all its sheepy glory!
* Enter the WOVEMBER COMPETITION by sending us a 100% wool photograph for the WOVEMBER gallery. (Fabulous 100% WOOL prizes are on offer!)
* Have fun WITH WOOL!!!

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57 thoughts on “About

  1. Such fun to link you to my site. Love participating as much as possible. Our daughter has been clad in wool ever since she was born. Except for Summer that is. It is not only very convenient it also looks gorgeous, even if I say so myself. It has an air of “old-fashioned” (in a nice way!) to it. Maybe I can get a picture of her wear for wovember.

    Just knitting her a hat with what is left over from my Tantallon and Caller Herrin’ hats. My first stranded design, makes me bow all over again to you Kate!! And Felix, your badge machine was a great thing to get!

    So much reading and looking to do here, lovely!


    1. We think this is a fantastic idea! At Knit-Wise in Ormskirk we’re going to get behind it 100% We’re doing a 100% wool window and wearing our badges with pride.

  2. I think the name choice is very poor. It strikes me that you’re riding on the back of the already existing Movember charity which was set up to raise the profile of testicular and prostate cancer among men.

    This alone is enough to put me off what you’re attempting to do.

    1. Hi Ra,

      I’m sorry you feel that way, and that you haven’t left a web-address for me to follow up.

      “WOVEMBER” was chosen as a name because it sounds a bit like WOVEN (which is the construction of many WOOLLEN TEXTILES) and because we decided to launch it IN NOVEMBER. This was not intended at all to clash with the MOVEMBER campaign but rather to raise awareness regarding the product descriptions for garments being sold on the High Street.

      I think most people can tell the difference between MOVEMBER and WOVEMBER, and if people want to simultaneously grow moustaches and celebrate 100% WOOL this month, then there is no conflict of interests at all.

  3. I agree with you about natural animal fibres, and sheep will always continue to be the primary source thereof, but why the sectarianism towards the wool of goats (cashmere, mohair etc), of the angora rabbit and of all the South American wool-producing critters, some of which keep us very warm indeed?

    Though of course the source animal should always be indicated.

    I know rabbit hair will never have the strength of sheep’s wool, but it can make very warm comfy hats, including one of my favourite bérets…

    1. For us it’s not so much about “sectarianism” towards other animal fibres, but recognition that sheep’s WOOL is unique. Also, we feel that it devalues cashmere, mohair, alpaca etc. and fibre from the angora rabbit to just generally describe them as “WOOL” when they in fact have their own cachet value and unique qualities… I think the source animal should – as you say – always be indicated. That’s all this is about!

  4. Hi I’m just wondering about your definition of wool, wool is defined as:
    The fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals…

    But is sound like you only want sheep wool to be called wool, I agree that synthetic and semi synthetic fibers should not be mislabeled as wool, but angora, alpaca, cashmere and camel as well as sheep wool are all different kinds of wool aren’t it?

    1. The reason why we specifically focus on wool is because those fibres you list: angora, alpaca, cashmere and camel are commonly seen as luxury fibres. When a garment is made of one of these fibres, then it will proudly be labelled as such, and usually have a price tag to match. We at Wovember feel that these types of fibre already have a good name for themselves, and don’t need any clarification. The High Street will make sure that if something is made from angora, alpaca, cashmere or camel that this is their unique selling point. When I say I have a woollen garment, you would not expect the label to read “made from 100% alpaca.” Conversely, we at Wovember would like to see that if a retailer says that a garment is wool, that the label would say “made from 100% wool.”

      However, currently garments made from synthetic fibres, or which only have a very low (sheep) wool content in their blend will still be marketed to make consumers believe they are made from 100% wool, whereas they are not. We believe this devalues sheep wool, for the reasons stated above. I hope this clarifies why we decided to focus on wool being from sheep only.

      1. Thank you for the reply, I think that sense I liv in a seasonal climate with temperatures down to about -30ºC (-22F) every winter, where most people appreciate 100% wool this issue isn’t as prominent her even if it occur. No one expects acrylic to be warm and therefor they are aware of the content.

  5. Hi Wovember wondering how I could contribute an article to Wovember. I have a small knitting yarn business base on my croft on the Isle of Berneray with my flock of sea faring Hebrideans reared between here and outlying islands in the Sound of Harris.
    Would it be interesting to write a short article about my sheeps’ sea faring antics and our family business?
    My website is: http://www.birlinnyarn.co.uk
    Many thanks
    Meg Rodger

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