The Clip: September 10, 2015

My trip to Shetland Wool Week is less than two weeks away. I’ve pre-ordered my Shetland Wool Week Annual (76 pages of patterns, essays and other wool treats), I’m studying a dialect map of Shetland, and I’ve highlighted sights to see in the 2015 edition of the Shetland Islands Visitors Guide.  But if I’m being honest, this is what my thoughts of Shetland travel actually look like:


We’re all going to die! Photo from Maritime Leisure.

That is a photo of the ferry I’ll be taking from Aberdeen to Lerwick. If I should perish at sea with three of the people I love most on this earth, note that it was my foolish idea to put us all on the same vessel in the North Sea. In autumn. I’m bringing my headlamp and Coast Guard whistle, so the helicopters can see and hear us in the water.

The Unravelers
The Paris Review has an absolute stunner of an essay on knitting.

“Women who knit are able to sit still. They can sit with themselves for hours and not want to crawl out of their own skin. They can forget themselves for a minute and pick themselves back up again. They can give and not take.”

This essay, called The Unravelers, is one of several from the forthcoming book Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting. Look for it in November 2015.

Seeing the Fashion Through the Trees
Zady has a well researched and readable post on the toll that semi-synthetic fibers, like rayon, modal and lyocell, take on our forests and watersheds.

“When it comes to the direct contribution of wood-based fabrics, in the southeast Alaskan rainforest, demand for rayon was found to be one of the primary, direct causes of unsustainable logging. Further, it’s estimated that 30% of the wood going into rayon is sourced from endangered and ancient forests, which are forests that have reached old age without being significantly disturbed.”

The Recovery of the Faribault Woolen Mill
The recovery of Minnesota’s Faribault Woolen Mill is a story in its own right, but the New York Times also uses it to illustrate the fact that economic recovery isn’t possible without wage recovery, and that a recovery for a business is not the same thing as recovery for the worker.

America’s Surviving Textile Mills
These behind-the-scenes textile mill photos by Christopher Payne are every bit as mesmerizing as the title promises.

Five Questions to Ask Before Keeping Sheep
I have an article over at the Hobby Farms website, most of it based on sheep questions I’m asked while out shearing. I’d love to hear what you think!

Mendocino Wool & Fiber Update
I recently posted an update on the wool mill, Mendocino Wool & Fiber, to our Indiegogo page. It’s probably not of interest to you if you didn’t donate, but you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about opening a rural manufacturing business in 2015.

On the Needles
I’m working hard to finish my Elizabeth Zimmermann Craftsman Sweater Vest before leaving for Shetland, but if I don’t it will make good plane knitting.

Yours in the anticipation of colder days, even colder nights, and High Knitting Season,



2 Responses to “The Clip: September 10, 2015”

  1. Deborah

    So jealous that you are going to Shetland Wool week. I’m trying to see if we can add Shetland to the itinerary if we go to the UK in 2017.

    • anysteph

      I’ll let you know how it goes! Naturally, I know folks who are planning to go next year or in 2017 but not THIS year! 🙂


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