I’m thrilled to introduce a new segment of my blog: Wooly Wednesdays! On special Wednesdays I’ll be sharing some sort of wool-related trivia, craft, source, or inspiration.
My interest in wool has grown exponentially lately between listening to some of my favorite podcasts and getting back into spinning. Someday I would love to own a spinner’s flock and some other fiber animals. But as I’m currently living in the suburbs and fiber animals aren’t in the picture, I’m collecting my wool information to develop my spinning and knitting know-how.
Like did you know that wool fibers are made up of two parts? The inner core loves water and soaks it up, while the outer scales are water repellent, which is why you always feel dry when you wear wool. And it’s also why you can wear wool in the rain or snow and not feel soaked.
And did you know that different sheep breeds produce fibers of different length, softness, size, and color? So if you are like me and have sensitive skin, some wools will be irritating while wools of different breeds or blends will feel nice against the skin. Part of Wooly Wednesdays will be exploring these breed differences and how they impact the quality, feel, and drape of the fibers we use to knit up.
I’ve also been learning about how wool can be processed and dyed in ways that are eco friendly or harmful to the environment, and how mills for fiber production can be run in ways that are socially responsible (or not). Having a “fiber conscious” approach to creating is super important to me: a large part of my goal in creating my own clothing is that my wardrobe won’t be at the expense of our environment or the freedom and welfare of other people around the world.
If you have any wool-related wonderings, drop me a line! I’m no expect, but I’m an enthusiastic learner and am excited to share my findings with you.