As I was looking through my window this morning, I could hardly see the opposite side of my valley. A typical autumn day – fog everywhere. My dogs Silas and Locksley were not impressed at all. They want to go outside whatever the weather and so I had no choice but to join them. I put on my warm jumper, mittens, scarf and hat and off we went.
Once in the woods, the sun came out and casted some mystical beams through the branches. Suddenly we were in an enchanted forest! Where there had been no life and only grey there were now the brightest colours and humming was everywhere and I could see little flies happily circling in the beams.
I had to think about an article in the autumn issue of Holunderelfe on “bathing in the woods“. I find the expression quite nice and felt myself instantly surrounded by nature and life itself. At once I realized the earthly sent of the autumn forest and enjoyed the rustling of my feet in the leaves on the way.
This probably was one of the last days I could enjoy this spectacle since it is going to snow next weekend. But then nature will hold other spectacles I can indulge in.
Do you find self-knitted stuff from your teens in your wardrobe, too? I do and nearly all of it is made with synthetics L Well, I wasn’t picky at that age. I chose my yarn only for colour and price. After all, it should look pretty despite my scarce pocket-money. I didn’t care for quality. I put a lot of time and effort in my crafts and was even quite proud of my finished projects. But somehow I didn’t like to wear them and couldn’t really tell, why. Nowadays, I know better: It was my choice of yarn. I should have knitted those things with wool. And why is that? Here are my 10 foremost reasons, why I knit all of my jumpers, cardigans, socks, scarfs and mittens with wool:
Wool is a natural fibre
Wool is an animal fibre and 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It is organic and ecologically sustainable. Therefore, it doesn’t pollute your seas as plastic does.
Wool is durable
Apparently you can bend a single fibre for at least 20.000 times before it breaks!
Wool is pile forming
Wool fibres are frizzy and curled and therefore stick together easily. So, even loosely woven yarns can result in quite sturdy fabrics.
Wool is temperature-regulating but airy and light
Wool protects against cold and heat. Because wool fibres are frizzy they can enclose a lot of air. So, woollen clothes are perfect for storing and insulating heat.
Wool is elastic but resistant for deformation
Wool fibres expand and bound back to their original length. Clothes made of wool keep their form and don’t crinkle.
Wool doesn’t charge electrostatically
Wool is stain and odour resistant
The wool fibre’s surface neither lets stains nor odours get into its core. Both stick to the surface and can be removed easily by brushing or airing
Wool is absorbent but water-resistant
The wool fibre’s core can hold up to one third of its own weight without feeling damp or wet. Because of its lanolin, the fibre‘s surface lets water simply drip off. So woollen clothes keep one dry and warm
Wool is colour-fast
Wool easily absorbs colour. Therefore, colours on wool are really bright and lasting. Even frequent use or washing cannot harm the beauty of its colours.
Wool is hardly inflammable; it even absorbs and neutralizes pollutant of the air.
Wool doesn’t burn, it only carbonizes. Furthermore, wool decomposes pollutant such as formaldehyde, cigarette smoke and solvents. These hardly play a big role for clothing but, nevertheless, I though it quite remarkable!
Spring! First warming sunbeams and bright blue sky. Not even the cheering expectation of relaxingly knitting a few stitches can keep me on my sofa. Both my dogs, Silas and Locksley, don’t mind any weather. They always want to go for a walk – best with all of the pack. So that’s what we did.
The scent of wood, the twittering of birds and a very shy green here and there. “Finally!”, I’d like to shout out while stepping outside my front door. Again I realize how amazing it is to live in the middle of a nature reserve and have the possibility to choose from dozens of forest paths. (I actually have that in winter too, but sadly I somehow ignore that then.)
The temperatures are still a little springfresh and so my recently finished jumper “Ravello” by Isabell Kraemer got the opportunity to be introduced to the world. But sadly the world wasn’t around in our wood – we haven’t met a single soul (I honestly enjoy that) – therefore, I introduce this jumper here on the internet, which is said to be quite global.
This is the second jumper I made from this pattern.” It can’t be all bad then”, the Swabians would say (which is meant to be an honour). And indeed the pattern is, as all patterns by Isabell Kraemer are, quite easy to understand. The jumper is knitted top-down in the round in stockinette stitch – no need to sew parts together. I just love this! All you need to know is short-rows and an i-cord-bind-off. Brilliant!
For this second version I choose a much better quality of yarn: Lifestyle by Atelier Zitron hand-dyed with acid dye by myself. The yarn is super soft, so this Ravello has a real chance to become one of my best loved jumper.