Photo Gallery Roundup #1
Good evening WOVEMBERISTS! We are so excited about the huge online buzz around WOOL created by your tweets, your messages, your comments here, your likes and shares and the amazing articles you have contributed. Clearly YOU ALL LOVE WOOL AS MUCH AS WE DO! The instagram photo competition is a thing of joy and if you have not searched under the hashtag #wovember2015 on there please do so for an epic, inspiring, collective dose of woolly joy. As promised in our competition guidelines, here is the first of several gallery pick posts. Tonight’s selection chosen by Felix.
First up, I love this atmospheric photo by Imke, heralding in the month of WOVEMBER. She has captured a real sense of early morning light and woolly anticipation!
I also love this sheepy image and the others found on Michelle’s instagram feed; they give a lovely sense of Growing Wool as part of daily life and clicking on the sheep led me to Michelle’s blog which I think many WOVEMBERISTS will enjoy as it is about raising sheep on a smallholding in Oregon, US.
This image joyously references a thriving contemporary network of wool producers and wool workers. I love how Ysolda (knitwear designer) is dealing here with a massive box of yarn from John Arbon, (yarn-spinner and producer of wondrous textiles) and how she’s used hash-tags to give shout-outs to connected projects like WOVEMBER (ahem) and VESTVEMBER. Ysolda is also rocking an amazing Fair Isle vest here, made of 100 WOOL and spun and machine-knitted in Shetland by Jamiesons of Shetland. Designing with wool, hauling in the wool order, high-fiving comrades in the wool industry and rocking some 100% WOOL knitwear: WOT IS NOT TO LOVE?!
Some images just instantly speak of the connections between landscape, wool and knitting and I confess to having a soft spot for socks for this reason. They always suggest walking where sheep grow – especially a pair as warm, rugged and soulful as this. The description for the photo gives context and I love the thrifty detail of designing with stripes to stretch limited supplies of different colours as far as they can go.
This sock-mandala by Sigi is magnificent. It’s hard to see all the details in this photo, but if you check out this Ravelry link you can see that Sigi has created a collection of socks, each using a different construction, and each worked in wool from a distinctive sheep breed. A marvelous foray into sock-construction and understanding different types of wool, these joyous little socks map an adventure in sheep and knitting discovery.
The sense of knitterly adventure continues in this photo by Lynn, featuring a hap of her own design in a cocoon-like (pre-steeking?) stage. I really like the light in this image and the sense of mystery and woolly promise contained in that intriguing bundle of hap.
Finally, I just adore this photo by Rae. The hand cups the yarn in a way that really celebrates its preciousness, and the little bit of vegetable matter poking out of the ball are a wonderful reminder of the origins of WOOL in sheep and in land. WOVEMBER is all about celebrating that agricultural context of wool and I think that ethos is very beautifully captured here.
Many thanks to everyone entering photos in the WOVEMBER instagram competition – it is truly inspiring to see what WOOL means to YOU! Please note that this roundup only shows a fraction of the amazing submissions we have had so far and that if your entry hasn’t featured in our post today, your photo(s) are still in the running for winning some form of woolly prize! Louise will be back with another round-up next week, so do keep putting your wondrous woolly photos out there, they are magnificent!