Canadian Wool Month winds down

A half circle shawl in a soft, mossy green, the colour of the Shetland Islands. This magnificent piece of lace has a half circle of small trees near the top, with an arc of diamond lace below that and a ring of larger trees below that. The edging is knitted on sideways in a pattern to complement the centre of the shawl

Canadian Wool Month winds down

Wow! What a ride this month has been! I’m so glad I joined forces with The Campaign for Wool to celebrate Canadian Wool Month 2021.

This blog post contains the winners of the prizes, an update from Matthew at The Campaign for Wool office that outlines a number of the exciting initiatives the Campaign undertook this month, and my gratitude to everyone who participated in The Campaign for Wool 2021 Knit Along!

Before starting, though, please remember that your 20% discount code to the Sykes & Ainley website is in place until Sunday at midnight!

First, the prizes: The winners were drawn randomly – Staff at The Campaign for Wool choose numbers in the range of the number of participants on the roster, then I matched those numbers up with whoever had that entry on the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet was created as the participants joined in, so it was a “double random” draw.

Collette C. of Williamswood NS is the winner of the Sykes & Ainley scarf

Judy H from Conception Bay South, NL will be receiving the Briggs & Little Prize pack – she’ll be knitting for a while!

The Canadian Guild of Knitters memberships and tool kits will go to
Claire F. from LaSalle, QC and
Holly H from Edmonton, AB

Congratulations all!

Here’s the update from The Campaign for Wool initiatives – I hope you will take the time to read them – especially the one about the wool drive!

UK Trade Mission – The month began with me leading a delegation of Canadian wool industry representatives to the UK earlier in the month along with a visit to the International Wool Textile Organization in Brussels.  While looking at scouring plants and knitting mills as potential partners to transform Canadian wool was top of our list, I can’t help but think everyone’s favourite event was joining our partners at the Worshipful Company of Woolmen to drive sheep across the Thames:
100 Mile Blazer – Holt Renfrew has been a partner of ours from the very beginning and this year’s Canadian designer capsule collection includes fully traceable knitwear and throws by LINE the label and Montreal’s ça va de soi.  The star of the show however is the 100 mile blazer from SMYTHE which features Canadian wool cloth that was designed, grown, scoured, combed, dyed, woven, cut and sewn within 100 miles of the City of Toronto.  Read here for the full story on how we got this from farm to closet:
Wool House Interiors Project – Working with a young family to fill their newly renovated home with wool from insulation to wall-coverings.  Included the creation for the first time of a 100% Canadian wool needle-felted wallcovering with our partners at Creative Matters and designer Dimitri Chris.  Read the full-story here:
Wool on Wool Art – Acclaimed Canadian photo-artist T.M. Glass has created a digital painting inspired by wool to be released as part of the Wool Month closing celebrations.

Those are only the highlights with other activities including a national knit-along with the Canadian Guild of Knitters and a pop-up Wool shop from our trading partner Sykes & Ainley sharing their fine woollens with the world.

Again, I want to thank everyone for participating – I will place posts in the usual places – here, on Canadian Guild of Knitters’ Facebook page, and on Ravelry – in advance of next year’s event. I’ll also e-mail any of this year’s participants who aren’t on FB or Ravelry.

Happy Knitting! I now return you to your regular knitting schedule, with thanks.



Comments ( 2 )

  • Darlene Mae Krystal

    Hi…just wondering if the green shawl in the pic has a pattern link, please…???

    • Hmm. I don’t know. I was part of a group who worked on this shawl when the designer, Liz Lovick, was creating the pattern. The pattern is called the Orkney Pi shawl. This information should you to be able to find the pattern.

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