The first half of this year made for a very busy wool season, but I’ve finally taken a breather and gotten an issue of The Clip together.
Rocky Fire Relief Fund
North Coast Opportunities (NCO), the MendoLake Credit Union and the Lake County Social Services Department have created a fund for those affected by the Rocky Fire. You can read more about this fund in the Ukiah Daily Journal and this is the Paypal link for the NCO fund.
As of this morning, Cal Fire reports that the Rocky Fire is at 69,636 acres and is 62 percent contained. Thank you to every single one of the more than 10,000 firefighters risking their lives to stop California wildfires right now.
Ferguson’s Radical Knitters
The Guardian has an excellent story on the radical knitters of Ferguson, MO. Anyone who has knit in public knows the comfortable entry point to conversation that cozy-looking knit goods — and the apparently calm demeanor of knitters — provides. The knitters of Ferguson astutely use knitting to foster conversation on racial and social justice, and for much needed stress relief.
Meet Flock, a New Yarn From Verb
The very creative Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm has announced a new line of yarn called Flock and shares the story of its thoughtful evolution, from local fiber experimentation to shearing to seeking a baling machine to the Port of Oakland. You must read this.
Henry Etcheverry, Modern Day Basque Rancher
Henry Etcheverry is a Basque sheep rancher who supplies Pendleton with 80,000 pounds of medium wool per year. This short video about him contains such gems as “Plastic is a terrific sin, if you get it in the wool.” Having recently spent two days pulling bits of polypropylene out of wool in an attempt to keep it out of bales, I can only say “Amen, Henry!”
Local Social Impact Investment Notes
The Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC) is a nonprofit focused on economic development in Mendocino and Lake Counties. They finance local businesses, including Mendocino Wool and Fiber, and are offering Local Social Impact Investment Notes that will pay a dividend through a direct public offering (DPO). This investment fund is structured much like a venture capital fund, but one that the public can buy into for as little as $1,000. For more information, see http://edfc.org/edfc-direct-public-offering-of-local-impac…/. The DPO is open to California residents only.
Heritage Radio Features Sheep and Goat Entrepreneurs
A recent episode of the Heritage Radio Network featured friend and wool local, Robert Irwin; a northern California shepherdess; and Emily Chamelin, a full-time female sheep shearer whom I cyber stalk in admiration via her blog. Give it a listen!
Recommended Sheep Reading
I recently finished reading Today I Baled Some Hay to Feed the Sheep the Coyotes Eat by sheep man and artist Bill Stockton. I recommend it to any sheep, wool and/or Western writing fan. It’s a funny, fast read that packs a lot of information about sheep into little more than 100 pages.
On the Needles
I’m about to begin the decreases for the top of the Baa-ble Hat, a free pattern that is the official pattern of Shetland Wool Week 2015. I am knitting with yarn from my stash and can’t say I’m in love with the yarn colors I have, but they’ll get the job done. I’ve attempted to make my sheep look like California Reds to represent a breed from my state during my travels to Shetland:
Until next time, hang in there through the hot summer weather. High Knitting Season (AKA autumn) is just a month or so away!