WOOLNESS & ME: Deborah Gray on spinning and swatching

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Deborah Gray, who has written on the Wovember blog before, and will be known to many of you from her classes at Shetland Wool Week and her long-running and informative blog, Perfect Weather for Spinning & Knitting. Today she describes many of the links from sheep through… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Deborah Gray on spinning and swatching

WOOLNESS & ME: Wool to aid negative thoughts and feelings

Mariette, a friend of Wovember from Rotterdam, has written today’s post about how particular wool and wool textures are part of her therapy ‘tool kit’. Through a childhood in difficult circumstances I grew up learning not to listen to my own feelings. In the end I did not even know they were there. After several… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Wool to aid negative thoughts and feelings

WOOLNESS AND ME: Beate Herold on the healing powers of wool

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Beate Herold from Nuertingen, Germany, who describes the multifaceted physical and mental benefits she has experienced as a result of growing and working with wool. Wool rescued me. When my work got more and more computerized and pressured, woolly sheep came into my life. Working and caring… Continue Reading WOOLNESS AND ME: Beate Herold on the healing powers of wool

WOOLNESS & ME: Liddy the Lamb

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by longterm Wovember supporter and contributor Sara Dunham of Punkin’s Patch, who has written about the incredible bedside manner of one of the lambs in her flock. Liddy’s mom didn’t love her. She’d feed the lamb if forced but after a couple days we gave up. We tried… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Liddy the Lamb

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Sally Vergette on healing from the foot & mouth crisis of 2001

This post was curated by Paula Wolton for our Woolness and the Land theme and features the voice of Sally Vergette. She explores the pain of the Foot & Mouth crisis of the early 00s, and the role that working with wool played in aiding her recovery from this devastation. Both this post and the… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Sally Vergette on healing from the foot & mouth crisis of 2001

WOOLNESS & ME: The Woolly Pedlar

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Sue Reed, aka The Woolly Pedlar, who is here to talk about ‘woolness’ in the context of the profound effect that working with wool has had on her outlook. The sustainable and recycling aspects of her practice also speak to our theme this week of Woolness and… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: The Woolly Pedlar

WOOLNESS & ME…And the land, the sheep, and the knitter too

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Pauline MacPherson from Midlothian, who has been so inspired by the good that wool can do, that she’s recently started her own wool business. As it slides through our fingers, as it warms our bodies, as it soothes our minds, we know the ways in which wool… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME…And the land, the sheep, and the knitter too

Crochet, Community and Wellbeing

Earlier this year I stumbled across a lovely instagram account @coastalcrochet run by the equally lovely Eleonora. Eleonora lives a few miles to the east of me on the Sussex coast where the South Down cliffs meet the sea. Not only is she an avid crocheter, she has also been supporting some rather special wellbeing… Continue Reading Crochet, Community and Wellbeing

WOOLNESS & ME: Alison is making…

For today’s Woolness & Me post, Alison Mayne, maker and doctoral researcher, is here today to discuss how wool, wellbeing and an online community gave her support and structure and shaped the adventure that followed.  Reflecting now, ‘woolness’ has both saved me and become my future: In 2013, the depression that I had struggled to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Alison is making…

WOOLNESS & ME: Escapism

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Beverley Dott, whose post – like yesterday’s – touches on the therapeutic qualities of playing with different coloured wools and the ways in which wool work can help when navigating long-term health problems. Woolness for me is all about texture, colour, warmth and comfort: knitting with wool is… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Escapism