Every year in October we celebrate Wool Week! Designers, makers and wool lovers come together to enjoy and promote this wonderful fibre that we all adore in unique and interesting ways.
Beginning in 2010, the campaign has proven very successful and has been introduced to international markets such as Australia and Japan.
Wool Week is a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into the work of the designers. The Wool BnB, designed and curated by Karina Garrick and a range of other designer makers, was open for Wool Week 2016. During which the BnB was open for guests to stay and enjoy the woolly wonderland!
This year, Campaign for Wool launched the Wool Fusion Exhibition over at Carousel Space. This event is free admission and features a collection of beautiful wool interiors, art and wearable pieces. A treat for wool lovers everywhere!
Here at The Knitting Network, we are celebrating Wool Week 2017 by knitting and crocheting our very own woolly sheep, and you can do the same! You can choose from a knitting or crochet pattern and they are available for absolutely free! Enter the code WOOLWEEK when you checkout.
Give as thoughtful woolly gifts or keep for yourself!
In honour of Wool Week, we thought we would share some of our favourite wool yarns:
King Cole Merino Blend DK is 100% merino wool. A non-itching and versatile yarn, available in a range of lovely colours, can be used to make anything from garments to toys. And to make it even better, it’s a super wash yarn meaning it can be machine washed at 40 degrees! Available for £2.89 here.
Wendy Roam Fusion Sock 4ply Yarn is 75% Superwash wool 25% Nylon. This fun and colourful yarn comes in a range of different colour ways and is the perfect wool and nylon mix so your socks are cosy and long lasting. Find it in the link below for 57% off!
Freedom Super Chunky is 100% wool, it is very affordable at £2.59 and can be used for chunky knits such as scarves and hats as well as being perfect for felting. Browse our colour collection using the link below.
Erika Knight British Blue DK is 100% wool from the British Blue Faced Leicester breed. Famously known for their gorgeously soft fleece, this wool is machine washable and comes in a range of shades, you are sure to find a colour you like!
Another favourite from Erika Knight is Vintage Wool Aran. Available in a variety of shades from pastels to pink, this Aran weight yarn is spun in Yorkshire and is wonderfully soft. It would be perfect for a variety of projects, including a luxurious blanket.
Knit and crochet away knowing that both of these Erika Knight yarns are dyed using environmentally friendly dyes. What’s more to love?!
All of these yarns are available on The Knitting Network website, as well as lots more great woolly yarns perfect for all of your projects.
Knitting and crocheting should be well worth the effort that you put in. Working with wool will create long lasting garments meaning they are sustainable and should last you years to come. We hope you love working with wool as much as we do!