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Our monthly round up of best bit from around the web… 

As you know here at YAK we take very seriously the way we source our products. We love to work with small producers and try to promote an ethical and sustainable approach of knitting as much as we can.  From shepherd to dyers, every person involved in the process of transforming fleece into ready to use material, not only create incredible high quality yarns but also allow these age-old traditions to survive. 

 Unfortunately they represent only a small percentage of the whole industry and the struggle to stay alive in a contemporary market place is real.  To engage with these communities and to promote the cultural, historical and material significance of wool is what Wovember is all about. The 5th edition of Wovember will begin the first day of November so if you too would like to get involved, check out their website for more information!

Around the web wovember

Shetland Wool Week is about to finish, but if you live in the Shetland area, it is not too late to participate in the various events proposed in this years program. Events include talks, exhibitions, open studio as well as a wide array of classes from fleece preparation to spinning and weaving. It will all end on the 2nd of October, so be quick to book your tickets if you don’t want to miss it. 

Here you’ll find an insightful article about the advantages of using European shoulder seam written by Renee Callahan – the creative mind behind East London Knit.

In our last Around the Web post, we talked you about the Top-Down KAL organized by the Fringe Association. Wondering how those guys are doing? Here is a little update on the panellists progress as well as several WIPs from other knitters who took part in the KAL.

Fringe association, top down kal, gladys paulus
Fringe association© jess schreibstein top down jumper – gladys paulus©

Gladys Paulus is a UK based artist who uses felted wool to create sculptures and wonderful life like animal masks. She sells her work on Etsy and also runs a series of workshops in which she teaches the art of wool felting.

Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!


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