Greetings from Sleeve Island, where I am stranded (heh) after deciding that the vest I was knitting really ought to be full-on sweater with sleeves. After years of unbearable drought, our miraculous El Niño (which, for all its strength, feels to me like “normal winter”) is making for some ideal knitting weather in our neck of the woods.
Here are some recent wool-related clippings I thought you might enjoy. Knit on!
Franklin Habit does it again
The funny and famous Franklin Habit has a friendly three-point message for journalists who want to write about our type.
“Yes, men knit. So what? Would you write an article celebrating those astounding women who somehow–in spite of their sex–manage to do inherently masculine things like drive automobiles or hold political office? If you would, I assume you are reading this in 1956; and I have some sad news for you about what’s going to happen to the Brooklyn Dodgers.”
Northern Woolen Mills in Fosston, MN
Admittedly, I’ve got a thing for women named Stephanie who like to start wool mills when they don’t even know how to spin. Even if you don’t, however, this is an inspiring story on the woman who reopened the Bemidji Woolen Mills. As someone familiar with this territory, I appreciated the story’s coverage of unexpected things that crop up when trying to open a wool mill business in this day and age, particularly the lack of people from whom to learn skills, and YouTube videos and documentation for equipment only being available in Spanish or Chinese.
Of Ruminants and Methane
If you’re as tired as I am of the overly simplified “Cows produce methane so don’t eat beef” line, you’ll appreciate this article from Dr. Christine Jones on ruminants and methane. “Although most methane is inactivated by the hydroxyl (OH) free radical in the atmosphere, another source of inactivation is oxidization in biologically active soils. Aerobic soils are net sinks for methane, due to the presence of methanotrophic bacteria, which utilize methane as their sole energy source.”
Fascinating stuff that shows why carbon farming is so important.
Hopland, CA is so happening
The University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) offers a lot of events wool fans might be interested in. They have monthly hikes, recently held a screening of the acclaimed new film Unbranded, and — if those can’t persuade you — lambing has begun and you can hike down to meet them on Feb. 13, 2016. You can find the HREC on Facebook or see their complete calendar of events here.