Not that any of us need an excuse to dig our knitting needles out, but Wool Week is now an annual event and the organisers are hoping it will encourage more people to make use of the natural fibre.
The Campaign for Wool – which was initiated by the Prince of Wales – is looking to raise awareness of the unique, renewable and biodegradable qualities of wool with Wool Week.
A number of exciting events have been held in celebration of the material in the past, such as Wool School – where students designed their own jumper alongside a major retail leader – and Knit Nation, which involved knitting classes being hosted by some of the country’s biggest wool specialists.
The extravaganza also saw the launch of PicKnit, a knitting party welcoming everyone and anyone who wants to either host their own private event or take part in a public get-together at various venues around the UK.
Wool Week offers Brits the chance to discover more about yarn, and invite them to stop and think about just how valuable it is.
For instance, did you know that it can cut carbon emissions? According to the Campaign for Wool website, when used in the home, the material prevents loss of energy to the environment and can consequently reduce electricity costs.
It is also much easier to look after garments made from wool compared to other textiles, as it is resistant to staining and attracts far less dust.
What’s more, wool production is now so advanced that many fabrics no longer require being hand-washed over going into the machine, and it is possible to find yarn in a vast range of styles, colours and textures.
If you want to get involved in the Campaign for Wool, then why not celebrate the beauty of the material in your own way and start a new knitting project?
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