Autumn is well and truly here, the nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and there’s a chill in the air. To me this means one thing, it’s time to snuggle up in cosy knitwear. Whether it’s a big scarf, cosy jumper or wrapping up in a massive blanket I love knitwear this time of year. There is something so comforting and relaxing about cosying up under a thick woollen blanket with a good book or pulling on a cosy cable knit before heading out on an autumn walk. Wool is the perfect material for autumn/winter keeping us warm and cosy and adding a little Hygge to our everyday lives. Wool is so tactile, cosy and autumnal making us feel snuggly and warm. I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves pulling out my knitwear at this time of year.
It’s not unusual to find me wearing some kind of knitwear on a daily basis during autumn/winter. Normally that’s a woollen jumper or at least a cosy oversized scarf and yes there is always a blanket nearby. I always look for genuine wool rather than man-made fibres when shopping for knitwear. I find a higher wool content (preferably 100% wool) is so much warmer than synthetic fibres and I’m all about being warm and cosy. But there is a lot more to wool than being warm and snuggly. Last week was Campaign for Wool’s wool week here in the UK and I spent the week finding out why wool is a great material. Turns out wool is an incredibly versatile material with huge benefits when used around the home as well as for fashion.
There are hundreds of reasons to choose wool over man-made fibres, especially if you are buying locally produced wool. But of ease I’ve narrowed it down to 10 reasons why you should add wool to your wardrobe and around the home.
All wool is great but not all wool is created equally. Read my knitwear guide to find out about different types of wool and pick the one for you. Once you know what you are looking for it’s time to shop. Good quality knitwear doesn’t come cheap, but it is well worth the investment. A quality knit will last for years to come if you look after it. Think of your knitwear as a luxury investment and take care of it. Buy one knit each year, wear it often and treasure and enjoy it for years to come. You want to make sure your wool has been sourced ethically and is from well cared for sheep so always buy from an ethical brand. I have listed a few ethical brands with a knitwear selection to make it easier for you (feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments).