Launching WOVEMBER

Do you remember this post? Well, in response to all your wonderful comments, Felix and I have launched WOVEMBER — a grass-roots, month-long celebration of all things woollen and woolly. Please pop over and have a look at the website, sign the petition, and join us, in whatever way you like, in the shared appreciation of 100% wool. Plus, there is a competition! With 100% woolly prizes!

To quote from our statement of purpose on the WOVEMBER website:

WOVEMBER is about:

* recognising that WOOL is a premium textile which comes from an actual sheep, and 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 heritage 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:

* endeavour to wear as MUCH WOOL AS POSSIBLE throughout the month of WOVEMBER, and tell everyone about the unique qualities of WOOL.
* 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 the WOVEMBER website.
* 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. (Sponsored by Jamieson & Smith – 100% WOOL prizes on offer!)
* Have fun.

42 thoughts on “Launching WOVEMBER

  1. Splendid idea. I thought of your last post on this when I saw on (naming and shaming) the Jigsaw website a dress that claimed not merely to be wool, but ‘fine merino wool’, but was actually made of nylon, viscose, and … angora…

  2. I’ll definitely support Wovember! I’ve put the button on my blog and will be sure to blog about it. I’m hosting a week-long knitting celebration on my blog just now, so can follow it up with a Wovember-related post. Love the idea of the competition too – will get my thinking cap on.

  3. Thats what the wool mark here is all about. Would be nice to see something of the sort for all wool products where ever they come from.

    I just found this site – very much like :)

    viv in nz

  4. Echoing Donna, it IS sad that we need this– that “wool” has been co-opted by the fashion industry as an evocative– not technical– term, and that the sheep, shepherds, and mills are completely left out of the picture. However, what a wonderful way to put WOOL & SHEEP back into the spotlight– I can’t wait to see where this goes. Thank you so much for giving us WOVEMBER!

  5. Last week I made a long skirt out of a piece of wool I found clearing out my mother’s fabric. I wore it as part of my Halloween costume last night (Molly Bloom. Nobody guessed.) I wore it again today, and may wear it again tomorrow. I, for one, am all for wool.

  6. Great ideas! The petition is signed. It will be interesting to follow you and Felix because you are making a difference. And I adore the sheep trio above. They are smiling!

  7. Wow – I love the idea. I’ve started well by donning my lopi-vest today but as down under we’re rapidly approaching summer it’s going to be a bit of a challenge for me :) Will give me a great excuse to write up the post on the science of wool that I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while!

  8. I’m not sure how you feel about Facebook, but it could be good to enable sharing with Facebook on this one? I’m sure a lot of people would gladly share it on their account.

  9. Wonderful idea! Because it’s Wovember, I’m planning to visit New Lanark this weekend and spoil myself with some woolly goodies :)

    Happy Wovember!

  10. Its going to be hard to wear wool every day as I live in Tropical North Queensland in Australia but I have purchased one of Felicity’s badges and will wear that everyday and continue with my knitting/crochet which is almost like wearing it :-)

  11. Whats up with the idea to use the word WOOL for sheep’s WOOL only? Is it not a little bit too dogmatic? Whats up with Mohair-Wool from goats and Angora-Wool from rabbits? Or all the other animals which give their hair for wool such as the lama?

  12. Viva wool…..I bought some organic Poll Dorset wool from a dyer that Kate mentioned quite a few blogs ago – its pure woooliness is a real pleasure – no silk, no spangles, no seaweed – and it knits up into the most wonderful fabric. Support sheep I say!

  13. While idly browsing the web just now I found a site selling yarn whose “double knitting wool” section contained 12 items, of which 1 contained wool (15%) The rest were mostly 100% acrylic but there were a couple containing bamboo or cotton. I half expected what I found – but I was still shocked!

  14. Since Wednesday afternoon, the kids in my class know the difference between yarn and wool. I was teaching them how to make Ojo de Dios and they all looked at me blankly at the beginning of the lesson when I used the word yarn. Wednesday…..twenty six eight eayr olds…..Next year the world!

  15. Thought of you today when our school took part in St Mungo’s Woolly Hat day in aid of the homeless charity. I wore my (genuinely) hand-knitted 56% wool, 40% acrylic, 4% viscose beret – yes, I can see that it’s not the best yarn but I love the colours – and you may imagine the selection of headgear that the pupils wore. I think, Kate, that you may have lain down and wept!. However, at the end of the day there was a bucketful of donations, so the loose terminology served its purpose for a good cause.

  16. Woe is me that I am entering the spring/summer months! But, as a person who lives in a not-that-cold climate and yet still feels the cold like a mofo, wool is IMPORTANT to me. And because I want it for specific qualities – namely warmth – then yes, ‘wool’ HAS to denote sheep, or it doesn’t have those qualities! Who are these nay-sayers? My relatively recent motto regarding winter clothes – if it ain’t wool, I ain’t buying it. Severely limiting to a non-knitter but worth it. I appreciate this – boo to bollocks labeling!

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About Kate Davies

writer, designer and creator of Buachaille (100% Scottish wool)