How did it become December before I learned about Wovember? A month-long project looking at all things wooly and woolen -- that is, everything from sheep to newborn babies in handknit hot-pink swaddling cones (you have to see the photo to believe it.)
Thank you to Rachel Rawlins for the link and for allowing me to re-publish this beautiful and unconventional (not surprisingly) wool-themed photograph of hers from the Wovember Gallery, of a tuft of wool caught on lichen-covered rocks. She's a dear friend, fine photographer, and one of my favorite knitters in the whole world...The picture is titled "Shovel Down" and she writes this about it:
“This is a picture of wool caught on one of the stones of a Bronze Age stone row on Shovel Down on Dartmoor. Archaeologists consider the rows to be ancient field divisions. The landscape, 4,000 years ago, had already been shaped by the cultivation of sheep, the use to which it is still put. Scanty pockets of trees in open pasture. At about this time there is evidence that the people of northern Europe had begun spinning wool and weaving textiles. I love the way this relationship – animal-human-landscape-textile – is so deeply, well, woven. (Also the wool and the lichen. But that’s another story.)”
Other favorites: a photograph of the annual Icelandic sheep round-up, and another showing just a few sheep on a road in some astounding mountains in Norway.
Every single photograph in the Wovember Gallery made me happy -- partly because I come from sheep country (Vermont); partly because I've just been in another sheep country (Iceland); partly because I too love to knit and to see what others make out of this best-of-all-fibers, a gift from the animal kingdom to us. Take a few minutes and browse through; you won't be sorry.