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A case for the defense of British Wool

poppy red BFL aran
BFL Aran WYSpinners

Did you know that a farmer receives just £1 per fleece for his wool! Really Shocking isn’t it? when you compare how much we buy our yarns for.

30p per Kg. Wool prices range from 1p per Kg for Jacob sheep and around 80p per Kg for Wensleydale or the like! It really is shocking. I was shocked when I saw how little a farmer is paid for the hard work needed in raising his herds. Whenever possible I have used British yarns in my crafting. because I want the farmer to receive a fair price for his work. This is the main reason for lack of British spun and reared wools on the shelves of our local LYS.  I would like to see more british wool in stores.

Festivals like the British Wool Weekend need to happen because at one time in the UK, all yarn you could buy was British wool, which of course made people itch.. so when the softer, modern yarns became available tastes changed.. and British wool became lost in the background. Now, British made yarns are now seen as a luxury. There is change happening out there.

Big retailers such as John Lewis and yarn companies such as Rowan, Artesano and others independent retailers such as Blacker yarns and Jamieson and Smith are now manufacturing British yarns. Debbie Bliss and Rowan have British breed yarns avaliable within their ranges. The designer Kate Davies creates some incredible work with British yarns

One thing is sure in my mind, with big events such as Wool Week in October and The Wool House in London has seen high street retailers join in the campaign to bring about more awareness of the yarns I hope, people will open their eyes to what is made within the British Wool Industry when they are buying yarn and other wooly goods.

Let me know what you think and if you use British Yarns.. I would love to hear from you

British Wool Weekend

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Last weekend I traveled to the 4th British Wool Weekend in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. organised by the Campaign for Wool, the festival showcases the best of British made yarns. A new festival compared to others it is a wonderful event to attend.

After an early start I arrived at the festival accompanied by my mum; Her first fibre festival in over 50 years of knitting.. I think she was more excited then me..  just after the doors opened to see lots of fibre artists and their wares. It was great to see the array of wares on offer form felted accessories, notions, homewares, and most importantly YARN!! There were many products using the by products of the wool industry, pillows and duvets anyone..? many yarn companies and other well known retailers attended the festival too.. I just had to visit the Rowan yarns stand, West Yorkshire Spinners too. West Yorkshire Spinners are a new company specialising in British yarns spun with native breeds.

I came home with *some* of their yarns.. well when I mean *some*.. I mean alot of their Blue faced Leicester Aran in Poppy, natural and ecru for a project i’m making. I couldn’t resist it.. its soo soft and squishy. Some Brittany 4.5mm knitting needles came home with me too. As I was leaving a single 50g ball of Blacker yarns Corriedale and Hebbridean 4ply just fell into my bag.. a beautiful shade of burgundy.

As you can see from the photo I did some yarnbombing too.. I made up my daisychain garland for event joining @onesheepishgirl and her #sheepishbloomdrop.

Anyway getting back to the festival.. although only small compared to others, we spent a good few hours at the festival. we left uplifted, happy and just a little bit tired for our journey home. All in all we had a wonderful time at the festival. If you do get the chance to visit this festival I can recommend it.. it will if anything put a smile on your face.

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