"The first question I’m going to answer ... is my own... Why are these books called “WOOL?” What’s with all the knitting terms? Am I the first openly metro-sexual science fiction writer to have a craft-themed dystopian saga with Shakespearean references?"
As it turns out, Howey's mother and sister run a knitting shop in Charleston, South Carolina! He says
"Now, I don’t knit. I can make a square of cloth, but that’s about it. When I wrote Wool, I aimed for two meanings: The literal cleaning cloths and the blinding, metaphorical kind. When it came time to write the sequels, however, the extension of the family business felt natural. There was an amazing vocabulary to pull from, and much of it was ripe with double and triple meanings. Hence the “casting off,” the “proper gauge,” and the “unraveling.”
How fabulous! Science fiction with lots of knitting metaphors thrown in! Have I died and gone to geek knitter heaven? Reviews of the book praise Howey's work, which can be found here, and his website is here! I've just added "Wool" to my summer reading list...and I think you should too!