You may have seen mentioned on other crochet blogs and yarn blogs that this week is National Wool Week. It starts today and runs through Sunday, the 11th. But what does that mean? Unlike some other craft holidays, this isn’t just some random announcement to celebrate a specific topic. It’s a week with a purpose and although it’s actually a British “holiday”, it is one worth promoting.
The Campaign for Wool
National Wool Week is an annual event in its second year and it’s part of The Campaign for Wool. According to their website, this is a multi-national campaign that “was initiated in October 2008 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who had observed that the wool industry was facing enormous and unprecedented challenges.” Challenges included competition from synthetic fibers, reduction in sheep flocks and reduced prices for wool that made it difficult for wool farmers to continue making a living. Some of the goals of this campaign:
- Raise awareness of the problems facing wool farmers and the possibility that wool as a fiber is being threatened.
- Social education about the eco-unfriendly ramifications of a world without wool.
- Encourage fashion brands, department stores, carpet makers and others to take on the challenge of supporting wool.
- Promote the wonders of wool!
Who is The Campaign for Wool?
What is Wool Week?
This is a national campaign in Britain that offers a variety of events to meet the goals of The Campaign for Wool. This includes events at retail locations and other public spaces. It also marks the launch of a free monthl-long wool exhibition at La Galleria on Pall Mall in Central London. Wish I could go!!
During National Wool Week this year there’s a second campaign called LoveWoolUK. This “is a unique free style celebration intended to harness the wool enthusiasm of people across the UK so that they can become part of the Campaign for Wool. Anyone or any organisation can take part – all they have to do – is do something with wool!”
Celebrate National Wool Week
You may not be located in London but if you believe in the mission of promoting wool as a product then you can certainly celebrate this week. Options for celebrating might include:
- Purchase some new wool yarn. How about Felting Yarn-English Rose or Crystal Palace Mochi Plus Intense Rainbow?
- Make something out of wool yarn that you already have. Show it off online and mention the wonders of wool.
- Let people know why you like wool.
- Learn more about what this campaign is all about.