Simply Sheep Yarn

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Simply Sheep’s Vernal Yarn in Suerte. A lace weight yarn composed of 65% silk and 35% linen. The color is a little tricky to capture on camera, it is a dusty green-blue with some golden undertones. It looks and feels absolutely gorgeous.  I can’t wait to wind this up into a ball so I can start working with it.

 

 

Literal Dog Knits, circa WWII

You won’t need to take your rations book anywhere because dog wool does not need a coupon, only a comb.

Now somewhat taboo, dogs as fiber animals was once thought of as a war time necessity. Using dog hair was seen as being thrifty, humane and environmentally responsible, largely because the dog hair was going to be shed whether it was collected by the wooler or not. Below are two British videos promoting the use of dog hair fibers as wool. The first video is from 1942, during WWII – the second is slightly after, in 1951.

Though the links for these videos were provided through Youtube, the British Pathe curates these and more historic videos and other short clips.

Book review – Adventures in Yarn Farming

I have recently finished reading, “Adventures in Yarn Farming, four seasons on a New England fiber farm” by, Barbara Parry. And though I tend

Foxfire Fiber

Foxfire Fiber

to be a bit of a literary curmudgeon, I loved every minute I spent inside the pages of this book. Parry is the shepherd, fiber artist and designer of Foxfire Fiber at Springdelle Farm. She sells her yarns on her website (link here).

In her book, she outlines the operations of her fiber farm as they change throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter all without letting the reader forget that the seasonal processes are completely cyclical linked.

Personal stories of lambing, llamas, angora goat keeping, sheering, wool processing are told with a great writing style and sense of humor – all which are accompanied by wonderful photography. She also includes several knitting patters, dying instructions, and other detailed outlines for fiber projects.

As tickled as I was with the read, I couldn’t help to be a little envious. Where are my devious goats? Where are my weary sheep? Where are my pragmatic, though completely ridiculous looking llama guards? While one day, I hope to have all of these things, I am very grateful to Parry for sharing her story with all of us in the mean time.

 

I look forward to trying out some of her yarn (and reviewing it here) in the near future to get a more complete experience of her sheep.

 

Let’s get metaphysical

I’m spinning wool with a stone spindle. This tool has been used probably for more than 30,000 years. And when we twist fibers into yarn we are actually creating a spiral. And the spiral is a cosmic gesture of creation.

This short interview features Renate Hille, co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Here, Hille quickly and eloquently ties together a lofty and romanticized  fiber-centric philosophy to the intimate core of those who participate in the craft.