Monday, March 29, 2010

I Swear This Isn't My Fault!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/7069612/Prince-of-Wales-leading-wool-fashion-comeback.html


Unless the drop in the English wool market really did start 2 1/2 years ago...........like when I stopped buying wool......................................

5 comments:

Janet said...

We believe you Toni, I think it has to do with overall economy everywhere, at least we hope so, lol. I think I have more than made up for your purchases, yikes!

Ella said...

I'm sure it's not your fault, dear, so don't worry.

And thanks for the laugh *wipes coffee off monitor*.

tinebeest said...

Dear Toni,

Don't give the Daily Mail any ideas that this might be caused by foreigners :-)

On a more serious note: the problem is an old one, it is a complicated one, and will not be easy to solve. To start with the farmers lose out on the sheering: it costs more to take the wool off a sheep than they get for the fleece. AFAIK the British Wool board has not been much help, and many farmers end up burying the fleeces because they see no other option. Heresy for some spinners, I know...

But there are small Davids fighting the big Goliath, and I love Cornish Organic and Wool Britannia from the lovely people at Knitwits in Penzance for that reason.

P.S. They do mail order, too :-)
P.P.S. Declaration of personal interest: I lived in Cornwall and wish the county's local businesses all the best

RobinH said...

Dunno, Toni. You may want to knit faster, just in case.

Hmh. While I support the use of wool in other products, I still think the large Aran sweater has it's place. That would be on me, given that my thermostat has been turned way down...

Auntea said...

Oh great! While I am thrilled for the call to a beautiful, natural, renewable fiber, it is already so expensive to make anything. Trying to be thrifty and responsible by making things for ourselves, not to mention being artistic, is becoming a luxury.