Wovember Wrap-up

I originally meant to post this as a WIP Wednesday, seeing as how it's really just a bunch of photos of what I've been working on lately. However, since it's also been Wovember this month, I've also made a conscious effort to knit exclusively using wool.

Wovember?? I hear you ask. Well, if you've not heard of Wovember, it's a new-ish movement (established in 2011 by designer Kate Davies and friends Felicity Ford and Tom van Deijnen), cleverly twisting the name of that other well-known November cause - Movember - and exists as a celebration of all things woolly. It's a great idea to have a whole month dedicated to the celebration and the grassroots nature of the campaign lends an authenticity to the discussion by encouraging craftspeople to share their own stories and experiences with wool:

Wovember is about showing our collective appreciation of wool by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and by celebrating its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. Through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of what makes wool different, and jointly create a force for wool appreciation strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed. - Wovember web site.

It was a long queue for the Eiffel Tower so I kept busy with my knitting!

It was a long queue for the Eiffel Tower so I kept busy with my knitting!

Wovember for me began while I was in Paris with my DH. Even though I'd chosen a French pattern to celebrate being there, my yarn choice was a yummy British Falklands fingering weight yarn.

Not much progress, I'm afraid. But I'm loving all the shades of grey in this hand-painted yarn!

Not much progress, I'm afraid. But I'm loving all the shades of grey in this hand-painted yarn!

Sadly, the train on the way there and in queues for various attractions was the only time my knitting saw any progress as when we got back I moved back into wrapping up a few Christmas presents and other things.

Possibly the most awkward knitted thing to photograph while on the needles, ever!

Possibly the most awkward knitted thing to photograph while on the needles, ever!

Speaking of other things, this WIP baby blanket has been the other project mostly keeping me occupied this month. A hardy Cascade 220 Superwash is what has been used. I'll post more details as soon as it's done and I can get some proper pics taken. It's just too unwieldy while still on the needles!

A bag full of yarn, fresh with possibilities!

A bag full of yarn, fresh with possibilities!

And to wrap up the celebration of all things woolly this month - my package from The Shepherd and The Shearer arrived this week! Funny how this blog post has now come full circle - Kate Davies is actually one of the designers on this project. She has a great archive of blog posts about the project, if you're interested. The wool smells wonderful and sheep-y, but sadly this project will have to wait until the new year for me to get started on it.

What woolly things did you knit on this month?