The Clip: September 6, 2014

Happy Saturday morning! It’s my favorite morning of the week because it means my husband isn’t going anywhere and we get to luxuriate with coffee. Nothing better!

The Science of Why Synthetics Stink
NPR reports on a study that explains why synthetic fabrics stink so much more than natural fabrics, even after brief wearings. NPR notes that the “bacteria that flourish on a sweaty polyester T-shirt are different from those that grow on cotton.” Staphylococcus was found on cotton and poly while Micrococcus, known for being extra stinky, loved polyester. I wish wool had been included in the study methodology, because I’m curious as to which of these results — if any — would or would not be observed in wool.

Oo La La, an Ouessant Boyfriend!
The Ouessant (pronounced we-sahn) is a very rare breed of sheep that produces stunning fleeces. It’s the smallest sheep in the world, which is part of its appeal for vineyard grazing: the sheep are too short to eat the grapes. The Cappella Grazing Project — started by my intrepid shearing school colleague, Marie — is raising money for two rams in order to increase the size of their seven-sheep flock in Northern California. Please consider helping them reach their very reasonable $2,000 goal. They are more than halfway there!

The British Wool Learning Curriculum
Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler, unschooler or none of the above, you might learn a little something from the British Wool Learning Curriculum. I especially like their attractive statistical display of wool information.

Amen, Joel Salatin
If there’s one thing I like most about Joel Salatin, it’s his fearlessness to just go there when it comes to cultural criticism. He did it again this week in a retort to Slate Magazine that had me waving my proverbial church fan. I won’t claim that we cook a homemade dinner every night of the week, but we do most nights and it’s squarely on our shoulders if we don’t. This pressure cooker has been a game changer for us in terms of weeknight cooking (chicken stock in an hour, from bones!) along with the book Pressure Cooker Perfection from America’s Test Kitchen.

On the Needles
I am in the home stretch of my Elizabeth Zimmermann Classic “Brooks” Sweater, knitting the decrease rounds for the shoulders. If I finish it by September 14 I’ll have knit a sweater in one month. If I can manage to do that every month for nearly a year, I’ll have knit up my sweater quantities of yarn. Onward!

Wishing you the warm fuzzies,

Stephany

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