It’s amusing that I thought starting and running my own business would result in more free time, huh? This edition of The Clip includes a book giveaway (the first of three), assorted updates, and some interesting links.
Book Giveaway: The Yorkshire Shepherdess
I’m giving away a paperback copy of Amanda Owen’s excellent memoir, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, to one winning commenter. To enter, add a comment below describing a new craft or skill you’d like to learn, fiber related or otherwise. Comments must be submitted by midnight, Pacific Time on March 25, 2016. The winning comment number will be drawn at random, using RandomPicker.
Not a lot of people comment on this blog, so you have an excellent chance of winning. Please comment with an email address or other online moniker where I can reach you, so as to be able to ship the book to the rightful winner.
Assorted Personal Updates
I’ve been busy.
At long last, Mendocino Wool & Fiber is fully funded. Congratulations, Matt and Sarah!
My 2016 shearing season kicked off early, in February’s wonderfully temperate days. It began with time on the shearing trailer of the Kaos Sheep Outfit at Fetzer-Bonterra Organic Vineyard. The season opener can only be referred to as “humble shearing,” when it’s been a couple of months and I marvel that I ever sheared last year’s numbers.
My favorite photo of the night was taken by one of my oldest, dearest, and most supportive friends, Jeska. She is a talented photographer and got a great shot of fiber from Meridian Jacobs with my shearing hand piece at the center of it all. (My hand piece and I have a special bond that is difficult to describe. It’s an extension of my hand.) I treasure this photo.
And, not long after all this, I had a wool classing gig in central Washington for a few days, outside of Ellensburg. The high desert in winter was heavenly, and like nothing I’ve ever seen or experienced.
And, in my abundant free time (ha ha ha), I’m learning to spin. Some of my shearing clients were uncomfortable with the fact that I did not spin, and that I only sheared and knit. “How can you only come in at the very beginning and the very end?!” they asked. Well, I’m not any good at it, but I am learning.
Wool Around the Web
Podcast: Heritage Breeds
The fine folks at the Livestock Conservancy produce an engaging, fascinating podcast on all sorts of heritage breeds. You can listen on the web or subscribe via iTunes. Give it a listen!
Podcast: Looking Sideways
Looking Sideways is the sort of podcast that prompts you to ask “Where have you been all my life?” or at least “Where the heck have I been, that I just now found out about this?” My favorite episode of the four posted so far features Christopher Schwarz, of Lost Art Press. His perspective on anarchism and craft is one that speaks deeply to me, and Schwarz is a wealth of historical information that independent minded folk will appreciate… like his anecdotes on laws that prevented workers from owning their own tools. Yes, that happened.
Three Knitting Nannas Arrested in January
Three women who belong to Knitting Nannas Against Gas were arrested in January. Never doubt that knitting in public is powerful and, apparently, a threat to the authoritative alliance of planet pillagers. Believe them when they say “We’re knitting a nanna-lution!”
Sheep Stop Fugitives
But of course they did, what with their perennial “I shall not be moved” demeanor. As the New Zealand Herald reports, four fugitives “were on the lamb, and it took a flock of sheep to stop them.”
The Resurrection of the American Wool Industry
Just in time for Easter? (Had to.) My insider perspective makes me think “resurrection” is a bit generous, but that doesn’t diminish this excellent article on some small, gradual improvements in the American wool industry from Outside Magazine. (Let’s ensure the TPP doesn’t nip these in the bud, shall we?)
The Exciting Prospect of American Woolen Company
This is a story on American Woolen Company, and on quality wool fabric for men’s suiting, in particular. The company re-launched under new ownership and leadership, acquiring Warren Mills in Stafford Springs, Connecticut in 2014.
Video: The Value of Knitting for an Afghan Refugee
The Atlantic brings us a gorgeous short film on what knitting means to an Afghan refugee in the US. It’s stunning, and made by Abdullah Abo Jassin.
Don’t forget to comment below for a very good chance to win a free book.
Happy lambing season,