All images taken, with thanks, from weheartit
Today is the start of Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week UK 2011. This campaign was initiated in 2008 by the charity’s patron, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (watch this YouTube video for more information from ‘The Royal Channel’) and this is the second year of Wool Week UK. The wool industry has plummeted, like so many of our industries with the ever increasing demand for cheap food and clothing, and is in a dire situation where wool farmers receive less money for their wool than it costs them to have the sheep shorn. Wool is an integral part of all of our wardrobes especially when we see the last remnants of our paltry summer slipping away with all this rain and wind. Wool is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable fibres available and can you even begin to imagine the rolling green hills of Blighty without the friendly little legged clouds? I do not mean to be flippant but it’s hard not to think of sheep without Creature Comforts’ Shaun the Sheep popping up in my mind’s eye. I, for one, love all my woollen jumpers and am a big fan of my woolly cardies. It makes good sense to buy woollens made by the bodies of our own fair sheep. So, let’s get fighting on behalf of our sheep and the farmers who work so hard to look after them. Let’s not let another great British industry fall and crumble. I certainly do not want to have a future of sweaty synthetic man-made fibre clothing and of electric shock-inducing rugs and carpets.
There are lots of events happening all around the UK and British Isles. Have a look here for further information. One of my high street favourite’s John Lewis are also hosting events in their shops around the UK in conjunction with Rowan Yarns. Do get involved.