Adventures in Yarn Farming

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Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry
Hardcover $27.95

Nov 12, 2013 | 320 Pages

  • Hardcover $27.95

    Nov 12, 2013 | 320 Pages

Praise

“Visually as well as informatively inviting, Barry’s story of her New England farm, particularly how she produces yarn for crafters, will absorb readers regardless of their previous interest in or even exposure to the nearly magical world of yarn preparation.”—Booklist, starred review

“Many people dream of ditching it all and starting a farm in the country, but Barbara Parry actually did it. In 1997 she began building a flock of sheep that has since become the foundation of her thriving Western Massachusetts fiber farm. Here she offers a beautiful, vivid portrayal of the life she has chosen. Season by season, she presents a narrative that is dreamy yet concrete, inspiring yet informative, and, always, unblinkingly honest. A must-read for anyone who wants to better appreciate where their yarn comes from.”—Clara Parkes

“Parry’s skillful hand and gentle heart  are the perfect blend to capture the joys and heartaches of farming in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.”—Linda Cortright, publisher of Wild Fibers magazine
 
“Many of us wool enthusiasts daydream about someday owning a farm, raising sheep, harvesting yarn, and going back to the land. Follow Barbara Parry—a former English teacher who made this dream a reality—on a journey that teaches us all ‘about the intangible gains of . . . taking the long road.’ ”—Jared Flood, knitwear designer and owner of Brooklyn Tweed

“In my very first years of sheep farming—and the resulting shearing, spinning, and knitting that goes along with it—I found myself turning each page slowly, not wanting the education and camaraderie to end. But no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum —farmer, spinner, dyer, knitter, or weaver—you are sure to find inspiration, laughter, and joy in the farm tales that Barbara shares.”—Amanda Soule, author of The Rhythm of Family

Table Of Contents

Casting On
The Road to Springdelle Farm
Flocking

Spring
Good Fibrations
Ides of March
Springdelle Jacket (project)
Lamb Watch
The Full Lamb Moon
Jammies for Lambies (project)
Troubleshooting Lambs
Lampedes and a Llama
Finding Fiddleheads

Summer
Hay-lelujah!
Cutting the Apron Strings
Grazing Days
The Kitchen Garden
A Summer Meal from the Kitchen Garden (project)
Lavender Harvest
Lavender Pillows (project)
Bridge of Flowers Sweater (project)
Fun with Tractors
Hay Day

Fall
At the Mill
The Zen of Dying
Dyeing and Hand Spinning a Self-Striping
Yarn (project)
Field and Sky Woven Tablet Cozy (project)
The Ram is Half the Sweater
Goats are Born Looking for Trouble
Dyeing, Combing, and Spinning Mohair (project)
Sundance Scarf (project)
New York Sheep and Wool Festival
In a Wild Place
Wildwood Cabled Pullover (project)

Winter
Gathering the Flock
Ice Storm
Winter Solstice
Solstice Hat (project)
Snowshoe Shepherd
Dip Dyed Yarn
Full Snow Moon Cowl and Mitts (project)
In the Sugar Bush
Sumac Mittens (project)
 
Binding Off
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Glossary
Guidelines for Safely Dyeing Yarn and Fiber
Resources
About the Designers and contributors
About the Author

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