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Wovember

 

 

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What is WOVEMBER?

The idea is to show our collective appreciation of WOOL by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and celebrating WOOL and its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. We hope that through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of WHAT MAKES WOOL DIFFERENT, and jointly create a force for WOOL APPRECIATION strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed.

oldgoat

Say catchfire, you're really in to this aren't you?

 

Anyway the stuff makes me itch like crazy.

Caissa

It makes me itch as well. My sister-in-law knitted me a pair of wool socks several years ago. I''m still trying to figure out what I did to piss her off.

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Please, gentlemen. Discuss wool from a pro-wool point of view.

Ripple

oldgoat wrote:

Anyway the stuff makes me itch like crazy.

Maybe [url=this[/url]">http://www.esvbible.org/Matthew+25.31-46/]this[/url] explains it.

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Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 

!!

oldgoat

So it seems I'm going to hell because I'm a goat.  Well that's just a little harsh!

GOD

Look buster, I don't make up the rules, I just.... oh wait, I do make up the rules!

Ha!

Oh well, sucks to be you I guess.

 

Unionist

GOD wrote:

Look buster, I don't make up the rules, I just.... oh wait, I do make up the rules!

 

Good day, Your Immanence! Your humble servant has an insignificant question: Were you responsible for that Old Testament rule as well? I'm thinking of Deuteronomy 22:11:

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Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

I was just wondering whether that prohibition is to be interpreted strictly, or whether it could also be taken to prohibit, say, a wool-polyester blend? Knowing some of the penalties, I want to be absolutely sure I don't screw up.

Your Word is my command,

Unionist

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GOD wrote:

Look buster, I don't make up the rules, I just.... oh wait, I do make up the rules!

Ha!

Oh well, sucks to be you I guess.

 

Glad to see you're still alive and well and still kicking against the pricks. What did you think of the new carpet our folks installed in the church yesterday?

GOD

Uh..yes, very tasteful Boom Boom.  Let me apologize in advance for the flood that's going to ruin it.

 

Unionist, bit of a mixup there.  First, I never had much to do with the scriptures.  Backed out of that ridiculous project early when they refused to include any of my dirty limmericks in psalms. Anyway, due to a time/space continuum screwup, bits of Deuteronomy got mixed up with some fashion tips from a 1957 issue of Chatelaine, and snippets from the Alabama criminal code.  Feel free to ignore it.

 

Being seen in public in just polyester is it's own punishment.

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I hope the carpet was woollen, BB. I wouldn't want to have to suspend you for speaking off topic. Divine intercession notwithstanding.

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for your amusement: "...And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

- Acts 9:5 KJV

GOD

Maybe I can help slowly move back to topic

 

Unionist

Shoulda known GOD was a sock puppet - anyway, here's the Old Testament version:

6079_Smith_W

GOD wrote:

Uh..yes, very tasteful Boom Boom.  Let me apologize in advance for the flood that's going to ruin it.

 

Hey.... I thought you promised you weren't going to do that again. I bet they paid extra for fireproofing and everything. 

Wool is nice. Best of all it stays warm even when wet, so a wool blanket is the best thing to bring camping if weight is not a concern. 

Knitted silk is better, though.

Also, anyone who works with danger of fire or electricity knows you should wear natural fibres, not synthetic. It is one thing to have your clothes burn off; another to have them melt onto your skin. 

 

Maysie Maysie's picture

Catchfire this is for you, and back on topic.

Kiss

P.S. God is a sham.

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Now that's what I'm talking about. Uno! Dos! One, two, tres, quatro!


Slumberjack

Hmmm.  A dialogue involving sheep, and the pulling of more wool over people's eyes.  Is there no end to these infernal NDP Leadership threads?

Slumberjack

Maysie wrote:
P.S. God is a sham.

Or a chamois.

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(I'm not done yet)

"I sleep on your freshly-shorn bum"

The Devil

Maysie wrote:

Catchfire this is for you, and back on topic.

Kiss

P.S. God is a sham.

 

Maysie and I agree on so many things.

 

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GOD wrote:

Maybe I can help slowly move back to topic

 

which begat

mint sauce

Unionist

Caissa wrote:

I sure Lampchop had quite the Passover surprise. Wink

Now that is funny!

milo204

the vegan in me thinks that while wool is nice, it'd be even nicer if we could wear stuff that doesn't involve enslaving animals, like fabrics made from plant fibers!  I don't want to bum anyone out, just something to think about.

Caissa

I'm sure Lampchop had quite the Passover surprise. Wink

Noah_Scape

"Wool is Warm when it is Wet"

 

 nuf said!! I love the stuff Catchfire, I am with you on the wool.

Fidel

Noah_Scape wrote:

"Wool is Warm when it is Wet"

 

 nuf said!! I love the stuff Catchfire, I am with you on the wool.

 

Agreed! I have a pair of wool pants with suspenders. Those pants saved my life more times than I can count. They beat blue jeans in a cold snap hands-down. It's not even a close race. And you can get them with all kinds of dressy patterns woven into them. I have a wool London Fog blazer, and it's toasty, too. Wool is very warm indeed.

Michelle

I got a gorgeous Icelandic wool poncho when we visited Vik earlier this year.  (I got a poncho so it could go over stuff so it wouldn't be right next to my skin - I get way too itchy in wool, but couldn't resist!)

Got it from here:

http://www.vikurprjon.is/index1.html

(Click on "Vikwool" on the top menu, then on "Other Products" then scroll down to "Item 4911" - except my poncho is in a different colour - various shades of blue.)

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Another thread of virtue clashes. ;)

We're above that.

ButI'm kinda into the plant fibres too, if that's realistic. I have no clue.

milo204

totally realistic! hemp fibres, organic cotton etc.  we wear it all the time!

i have no problems wearing animal products if you live in the bush and you need to use that stuff to stay alive, but for most of us it's totally unnecessary....not much dif to me between wearing animal products cause "i like it, it's nice" and saying too bad for all the people our countries kill to get their resources cause the products they produce are convenient...

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Love my wool sweaters, but I've got a heavy cable-knit silk sweater that is the warmest thing ever.  I've had it almost 20 years, so it's getting a bit worn, but can't find anything similar to replace it with.

Plant fibres are okay - cotton and linen and such - but they don't hold a candle to silk or wool for defense against cold.

6079_Smith_W

I dunno... do I want to get my shoes from dead animals, or do I want to get them from petrochemicals? 

I am all for arguments regarding humane treatment, and if some people want to choose an absolute approach for them selves, fine. But it ain't for all people, and it sure ain't for all places.

One of the reasons why some people keep herds is because they are on land that cannot support crops. So it is not always an either-or choice.

 

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Actually, if you want sustainable crops, you can't do it without manure.  Vegan farming = chemical fertilizer dependency.

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New Zealand farmers group says sheep shearing has potential as Olympic demonstration sport

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A New Zealand farm lobby group says sheep shearing has the potential to become an Olympic demonstration sport. Just don’t count on seeing it at London next summer or Rio in 2016.

The “time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage,” the New Zealand Federated Farmers said in a statement Monday, adding that the world’s top shearers are “athletes who take it to another level.”

As if other countries stand a chance against the mighty All Baa-Baa-Blacks

 

stevebrown

I stay as far as I can from wool.

When I was an ambitious young person growing up in the seventies I joined the air cadets because living so close to the St.Hubert air base with planes always flying low I wanted to ride in one. Not being from a jet setting family, the only thing I could figure out was to join the air cadets.

The uniforms back then were older "air force" style with that sort of narrow blue hat. And they were made ENTIRELY of wool. Standing at attention was an exercise in pain management for me as the wool pants and socks would itch like crazy. I never got to ride in an airplane and I quit after about three itchy months. Just thinking about it has got me scratching.

Sorry for not exactly mainaining a pro wool point of view, but if we ever want to talk about cotton, now there's a material I'm very fond of.

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Knitters Outraged After U.S. Olympic Committee Squashes Knitting Olympics—and Disses Knitters

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If you mess with the Olympics trademark, a cloud of legal hurt will descend on you faster than Tyson Gay in the Men's 100 meters. Case in point: The U.S. Olympic Committee has sent a cease and desist letter to a knitting-based social network for hosting a knitting "olympics." Now, knitters are in revolt.

2012 was to be the third year that the knitting social network Ravelry—yes, this exists and issurprisingly popular—hosted a "Ravelympics," a knitting competition for users that includes events like an "afghan marathon," and "scarf hockey." Knitters were supposed to compete in their events while watching the actual Games on TV.

But that was before the U.S. Olympics Committee got wind of it and sent Ravelry a cease & desist, for making a mockery of the Games with their needlework. Here's a passage from the letter, sent by the USOC's general counsel and posted by Ravelry founder Casey Forbes to his blog:

 

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The athletes of Team USA have usually spent the better part of their entire lives training for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them.  For many, the Olympics represent the pinnacle of their sporting career.  Over more than a century, the Olympic Games have brought athletes around the world together to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them.

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We believe using the name "Ravelympics" for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.  In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

 

 

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It was the afghan marathon that brought the heat down on them. Homeland security flagged it and then sent it over to the Olympics people to squash it in the name of apple pie and true American values.

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baaaaaa-ump

MegB

There's nothing baaaaaaa-d about wool.

Michelle

My mom knits socks with a wool blend yarn so that they don't itch.  They're darn comfy and warm!  I guess they kind of violate the rules of Wovember, but at least there's SOME wool in them!

lagatta

For those who find wool itchy, try MERINO wool. I'm wearing one of my two identical black merino v-neck pullovers bought at the Boxing Day sales at the Bay last year. I'll buy two more if they show up again. Alas, I didn't like any of the colours; I'd love a red or green one but the colours are two "primary" and a bit garish; I'd like a deep red or a forest green. 

Of course this won't help if you have a true wool allergy, but a lot of people just cant tolerate scratchy woollens. 

But on oldgoat's behalf, please remember that CASHMERE is made from goat fur. 

I don't own a leather handbag; good nylon ones are fine, but there is no way I'm wearing plastic footwear. I have a touch of arthritis and only real leather can conform to the feet and permit any degree of comfort. (The cattle used to make leather shoes is killed anyway). 

Mmm, for socks knit in (opaque-weight) silk!!!

I confess I thought this thread was to ask women to take part in Movember, as men raised money for pink-cancer-month in October. 

Also confess that if I didn't use depilatory methods, I could probably take part in it à la Frida Kahlo - lots of brunettes have a bit of a dark shadow... 

MegB

Merino is wonderfully soft. So is Noro.  I can't afford to knit anything bigger than a hat or mittens with either, but the quality is lovely.  For bigger projects I use cotton (well, I use cotton yarn for dish cloths and face cloths as well).  I have this cotton variegated sock yarn that knits up in a jacquard pattern. They must have some kind of autocad program that dyes the yarn so that regardless of where you start in the ball of yarn, both socks match.  It's kind of freaky.

Friend of mine cards and spins her own yarn.  I tried that years ago and failed miserably, producing lumpy unusable yarn.  On the upside, the lanolin made my hands incredibly soft :)  My friend, of course, produced usable yarn on the first go.  

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Michelle wrote:
They're darn comfy

Unintended pun alert!

Aristotleded24

Catchfire wrote:

Michelle wrote:
They're darn comfy

Unintended pun alert!

Sew true!

Unionist

This thread is bare, I'm a frayed.

 

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Wool ewe please stop now? Weave got to get this back on needlepoint.

Unionist

These unravelled champions of wordplay are baagaining for a spot as a mutton jeff act.

militantdilettante

I find cashmere to be an effective means of wealth redistribution. Because the last couple I've had shrunk from large to medium after two washes and now reside in my medium-sized friend's wardrobe.

I'm considering a dry cleaning-only regime for any future cashmere items, but am worried that I may be labelled an anti-Woolite.

Slumberjack

I don't know if parodying the issue of health awareness, in essence making a joke out of it, is an effective or desirable use of space.

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