Welcome to the first edition of The Clip, a weekly post (and eventually newsletter) on wool and textile related matters from around the Web. The term “clip” refers to news clippings I’ve read during the week and is a deliberate pun on “wool clip,” which refers to the annual crop of wool, or to the quantity of wool from one shearing session (which, in a large commercial operation, may span 10 days).
Baa Baa Betabrand Black Sheep
Betabrand is a small (one store) clothing company that manufactures its goods in San Francisco with 100% local labor. Now they’re creatively embarking on a 100% U.S. wool sweater project. With sufficient interest, the project will be crowd funded and a gorgeous wool sweater made in San Francisco from Montana wool. Take a look and consider supporting the come-back of U.S. made clothing (and fabric). The sweater is simple, flattering and will be made of un-dyed wool from black sheep, so unappreciated and shunned because they don’t have the white wool that large industrial operations want to dye in exactly the same way every time.
Etsy: Making it easier to buy from… China
Brooklyn Accelerator has an informative, in-depth blog post on changes Etsy made to its policies in the fall of 2013. These allowed Etsy sellers to source and list items made overseas. (Because it wasn’t already hard enough to shop ethically! Sigh.) I’ve noticed a lot of junk listings on Etsy that make it harder to find U.S. made items, but I didn’t know why until I read this. In short, “The difference between Etsy, and let’s say, Wal-Mart just got a whole lot smaller” and I wholeheartedly agree that “the world doesn’t need another eBay. It needs the old Etsy.”
For the Laura Ingalls and Little House Lovers
A previously unpublished Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir will be published this fall! This may just call for a West by Midwest book club to mark the occasion. The memoir includes “love triangles, domestic abuse, and even a drunk man who manages to set himself on fire” but I think the blog detailing the efforts behind publication of the memoir is even more interesting.
On the Needles
I’m knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Classic “Brooks” Sweater. I’ve finished the body and am halfway through the first sleeve. I’d be farther along if I hadn’t accidentally knit six inches of the first sleeve with the wrong needle size before thinking “Hmm, this fabric sure seems dense compared to the body.” Ha! So it goes. Fortunately, I’m enjoying this simple sweater so much that I didn’t even mind re-knitting half a sleeve!
Happy wool gathering,