Wovember is a movement started by Kate Davies and Felicity Ford encouraging the celebration of100% wool. Wool that comes from actual sheep – not wool blends and not synthetics, the real deal.

The idea got me to thinking about how much 100% wool I use in my knitting so I took a  closer look at my past projects. In the spirit of increasing my own woolly awareness, I started a ‘100% wool’ tag.  There are more projects that fall into that category than I expected. I’ve been using a lot of alpaca and linen wool blends lately and actually had a hard time remembering my most recent 100% wool project. It turns out that it was Damson on October 2nd – so not long ago at all!

I also ‘wovified’ myself by ordering some of Felicity’s 100% wool badges, which you can see above. This woolly campaign brought Shrek to mind – New Zealand’s now deceased celebrity sheep. Six years of freedom and a 60-pound fleece!

Knitter’s Frolic

I went to my first Knitter’s Frolic this afternoon, held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. I have to admit, it hurt a little bit to take the bus to Don Mills on a non-work day!

The Frolic is put on each year by the Downtown Knit Collective and is mainly a marketplace and series of workshops. The spindles above were at the Gemini Fibres booth. Plenty of spinning equipment and books, including a charkha. I’m dying to try one out – I like the idea of having a little notebook charkha.

Indigo Moon from Gabriola Island, BC was there as well. Really beautiful, rich colours and naturally dyed silks. I showed amazing restraint and didn’t buy a single skein of yarn. I’m still wondering how that happened.

For the second time in the last month, I flirted with the idea of buying three skeins of Malabrigo Lace. I have Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan in mind, if I could only commit to a colourway!