WOOLNESS WORDS: Where It Begins by BARBARA KINGSOLVER

This week finds us drawing Wovember to a close. We are considering what the month has meant. To kick off our reflections, and to begin inviting yours in the comments, we are sharing this beautiful piece of writing by Barbara Kingsolver that celebrates wool’s interconnectedness with other parts of our lives… with seasons, with families,… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: Where It Begins by BARBARA KINGSOLVER

Sue Blacker on Shearing Wool

We are always honoured and delighted to include articles from honorary Team Wovember member, Sue Blacker. This year we asked if we may re-publish a recent blog post that Sue wrote at her own blog, part of a series there on the journey that wool takes from sheep to skein.  You may have seen the recent… Continue Reading Sue Blacker on Shearing Wool

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Introducing Paula Wolton

This week we are exploring the topic Woolness & The Land and our guest curator is Paula Wolton – the passionate farmer and creative force behind One Hut Full and One Change. One Hut Full is a touring shepherd’s hut with a multimedia installation celebrating the wool farming year in Dartmoor. Conceived to engage, inspire… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Introducing Paula Wolton

WOOLNESS & ME: My woolly walking stick

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Felicity Ford AKA Felix (one half of Team Wovember!) who is here to talk about ‘woolness’ in the context of wool, disability, and walking with a stick. The magical properties of wool were first revealed to me not through knitting, but through wet-felting. I was at a… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: My woolly walking stick

WOOLNESS & ME: Welly wool

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Kate Schofield, of Lancashire Farm Wool, who is here to talk about ‘woolness’ in the context of a new project she has been trialling with some willing guinea pigs. Warm feet? We can’t think of anything lovelier! Here is an image of my ‘Welly Wool and Boot… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Welly wool

WOOLNESS WORDS: Rachael Matthews ‘Finding Our Place Through Yarn’

Today’s Woolness Words post is excerpted from a chapter of the same name in Rachael Matthews’ highly recommended book The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm. We thought it would be a perfect segue into the focus for the forthcoming week: Woolness & the Locale. Noticing Interdependence I find Herdwick a comfort to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: Rachael Matthews ‘Finding Our Place Through Yarn’

WOOLNESS & ME: Managing anxiety with wool

We’ve been really struck by how honestly Woolness & Me contributors have written about their relationship with wool and wellbeing. Victoria Bennett has written one such post of her management of anxiety with sheepy, characterful wool in her knitting.  Working wool with my hands helps me to manage my anxiety. I asked my mum to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Managing anxiety with wool

Woolness and Me: Introducing Emma Ross

Today we are delighted to welcome Emma Ross and introduce her to you as one of our Wovember contributors this year. Emma will be writing on Woolness and the Individual and Louise wanted to ask Emma a little about herself and what woolness means to her. Hi Emma! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi… Continue Reading Woolness and Me: Introducing Emma Ross

Wovember 2017: WOOLNESS themes and structure

Greetings, Wovemberists and wool-lovers! This evening we thought we’d talk about how we’ve structured content through Wovember this year, and briefly introduce our amazing guest curators and contributors. As you’ll have noticed, we’ve been trailing the theme of WOOLNESS: WHERE WELLNESS MEETS WOOL. We thought it would be useful to unpack a little bit what… Continue Reading Wovember 2017: WOOLNESS themes and structure