Loved this quote from knitwear designer Sally Muir in the latest National Trust magazine:
"Wool is a perfect material, it's organic, renewable, and it embodies those planet-saving good things that we care about. It is the complete antithesis of artificial fleece, which is made from petrochemicals. I very much hope that when our oil supplies dry up, so will the supplies of that work of the devil, the zip-up fleece.
Once great advantage of an evening spent knitting is that you can't easily smoke, play video games, buy things from Amazon or inject drugs at the same time. You can, however, indulge in some bad television, salving your conscience with the thought that you are doing something constructive at the same time."
Taken from the book Simple Pleasures, published by Random House.