I am recently returned from a trip to northern Michigan, which included a stop at Zeilinger’s Wool Mill in Frankenmuth. I sprang for new, fuller wool pillows than those we currently have, a wool comforter, two (more) pairs of their top-notch wool socks, and two cones of sock yarn. Now that I’ve confessed my consumerist sins, let’s get to it!
Lost and Found
Yes, it’s an ad, but it’s also a touching, visual story about the surprising journey of wool. It brought a tear to my eye.
Synthetic Fabrics and Oceans
Finally, finally a news outlet the size of the Guardian has a story on the major role synthetic fabrics play in polluting our oceans or, as the Guardian correctly describes it, “the lonely fight against the biggest environmental problem you’ve never heard of.” Read it and wear your wool extra proudly.
Robin Lynde is a shepherd and master craftswoman who designs and weaves some of the most beautiful textiles you’ve ever seen. If you reside in or will be visiting northern California, you can see a collection of them at the Artery in Davis, CA.
I’ll be giving a demo on wool classing at the third annual Fibershed Wool Symposium in Pt. Reyes Station on Saturday, November 15. Tickets are required for the event but you can visit the marketplace for yarn, roving and much more for free. Do join us. It is, without exaggeration, one of the highlights of my year.
On the Needles
I’ve completed the body and one sleeve of my Waffle Stitch Raglan and cast on the second sleeve today. It sure is nice to get back to knitting after more than a week without so much as a stitch.
Fire up your pellet stoves, ready your mulling spices, don’t worry too much about politics and steady on your needles,