For the past month, I have been following the WOVEMBER Blog, maintained by Felicity Ford and others. Wovember is all about WOOL and SHEEP. The goal of the Wovember campain is to increase awareness of what wool is and what it is not, and then to encourage people all over the world to wear thoughtfully raised and processed wool.
In the hiking world, wool clothing has been resurging in popularity due to the availability of Smartwool, Icebreaker, and other machine washable wool clothing. (“Superwash” wool is truly high-tech clothing, as it has gone through considerable processing.) I personally wear washable wool socks almost every day. Recently, I am also learning to knit wool garments for myself out of wool that is not “superwash”. Along with this, I am learning how to take care of these garments so that they can last for a long, long time. In general, it does not seem that many hikers put thought into where their high-tech wool clothing is sourced from, or how it came to be a shirt, socks, underwear, etc. I hope that campaigns like WOVEMBER and The Campain for Wool continue to reach new audiences in the UK and here in the US, to give us all a greater appreciation of processes that go into our being comfortable during winter walks.
On Sunday, the last day of Wovember/November, my brother and I went to Great Baehre Swamp for a few photos of my favorite new hat, which I knit as part of the 100% Wool Wovember Wool Along.
The hat is a tribute to one of my favorite birds, the Loon, and I designed it last year. The fiber comes from sheep raised in the United States, and is spun into yarn in Maine for the Quince and Co. company. The hardest part of designing hats for me seems to be finalizing a PDF and posting it for sale on Ravelry, so I am sharing this here as incentive for myself.
The hat is finished off with a little red eye…
Here’s to wool and it’s amazing ability to keep me warm on winter walks!