Prick Your Finger

This evening we are introducing our final weekly sub-theme for this year’s POLITICS OF WOOL extravaganza: WELCOME TO THE WEEK OF WOOLPOWERMENT! To kick things off we are revisiting a post from our archives about Prick Your Finger – the legendary haberdashery/wool shop/art gallery of Bethnal Green created by Rachael Matthews and Louize Harries in 2007. Prick… Continue Reading Prick Your Finger

Owce i wełny w Polsce – Sheep and wool in Poland

Today in our EU themed Wovember Words tour, we’re in Poland where the word for sheep is owca, and the word for wool is wełna. The source of our words is an amazing report written by Stanisława Trebunia-Staszel PhD. Handicraft based on the products of the sheep was a Polish Research Project concluded in 2011,… Continue Reading Owce i wełny w Polsce – Sheep and wool in Poland

SCAEP & SCEAP, WOLLE & WULL – some woolly words from the Netherlands

Today on our Wovember Words EU tour of sheep and wool, we are in the Netherlands. To celebrate this, we are republishing a post from Tom of Holland – inventor of Wovember Words – written in 2011, and exploring Dutch knitting terms for sheep and wool. In this EU Wovember Words series, we are rarely… Continue Reading SCAEP & SCEAP, WOLLE & WULL – some woolly words from the Netherlands

Πρόβατα και μαλλί στην Ελλάδα – Sheep and Wool in Greece

For today’s EU themed Wovember Words post we are talking about the endangered and rare breed sheep of Greece. The Greek word for sheep is πρόβατο (próvato) while the Greek word for wool is μαλλί (mallí). Our information for this post comes from a report by the SAVE foundation whom we mentioned earlier in the… Continue Reading Πρόβατα και μαλλί στην Ελλάδα – Sheep and Wool in Greece

Daughter of a Shepherd labels by Rachel Atkinson

For this evening’s post we have Rachel Atkinson here for a Q&A session on labelling. Many of you may know Rachel from following Wovember last year, or through knitting with her 100% British Daughter of a Shepherd yarn. Having looked at the labelling of wool from a legislative EU position and from two people within… Continue Reading Daughter of a Shepherd labels by Rachel Atkinson

The Ouessant sheep of France

Today we are thrilled to have a Wovember Words post from Diane Falck AKA The Spinning Shepherd. Long term Wovemberists will remember Diane from Wovembers past, for which she has provided many fantastic articles and photos of her Ouessant sheep. In this article, representing France in our European tour of sheep and wool, she tells… Continue Reading The Ouessant sheep of France

Wool in the Czech Republic

For today’s stop on the EU sheep breed tour, we’re in the Czech Republic. We found some of our links for this piece via the cesky a slovensky Ravelry group, and others through extensive use of Google translate services, through which we learned that the Czech word for wool is vlna, and the Czech word… Continue Reading Wool in the Czech Republic

From the Wovember Archives: Sheep as Propaganda

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

Bulgaria’s endangered Karakachanska ovca

Continuing our tour of Europe for Wovember words, today we are in Bulgaria, discovering the endangered Karakachan sheep. In Bulgarian the word for sheep is овца, or – for non-Cyrillic readers – ovca. This breed of sheep – along with the Karakachan horse and the Karakachan dog – is a focus for The Bulgarian Biodiversity… Continue Reading Bulgaria’s endangered Karakachanska ovca