In the UK, at least. But hey, use it as an excuse to go out and enhance your wool yarn stash!
Wool Week is an offshoot of HRH Prince Charles' Campaign for Wool, which encourages the use of wool in textiles, art and more. As stated on the website, "the Campaign for Wool is a cross-industry initiative convened by HRH The Prince of Wales in January 2010. As a serious environmentalist, the Prince believes the natural, sustainable origin and highly technical structure of wool can offer fashion, interiors and the built environment many superior benefits. Choosing real wool - as the Prince understands - will also help to care for our planet."
Well, of course--wool is WONDERFUL. It's warm, waterproof (with its lanolin), and comforting. You can make any kind of garment and object out of it. You can dye it, spin it, caress it, felt it, knit it, crochet it. When you take it off the sheep, it grows back, so it's also renewable. And sheep themselves are lovely creatures, so peaceful and calm. Who doesn't love watching them in a field?
So if you feel like buying wool yarn today, check out some of my favorite wool yarn links.
- AlpacaDirect.com (okay, not sheep, but LOVELY real fiber yarn)
- Green Mountain Spinnery