The Campaign for Wool was launched by the Prince of Wales in 2010 to promote wool‐rich products and to support and grow the wool industry. His speech at the start of Wool Week this year highlighted the benefits of wool: its warmth, elasticity and the way it can be made into a vast range of items.
Indeed this is one of the key problems of recent throw‐away fashion trends. In the UK alone 1 million tonnes of clothing is discarded into land‐fills every year. If a substantial proportion of these new clothes are made from oil‐based materials such as nylon and polyester, then they will take hundreds of years to break down. Items made from wool would biodegrade within just a few short months releasing their nutrients back into the soil.
Many major fashion houses now agree about the superiority of using wool as a renewable raw material, and we have seen designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith leading the way to introduce many more wool items into their collections.
My Welsh grandmother was a master in the art of unravelling baby sweaters, adding in a touch of colour and fashioning a new larger‐sized sweater. As lucky recipients of her woolly creations we never felt cold!
- Top Left: Beckenham Scarf
- Top Right: Elizabeth Scarf
- Lower Left: Ocean Currents Blanket
- Lower Right: Rare Earth Cushions
There are also lots of others too, so do feel free to browse through my pattern store here and maybe you’ll find just the thing for your next Wool Week Project!
Until next time – Happy Wool Knitting