Adventures in Yarn Farming
For a brief moment during my childhood, my grandfather owned a farm in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. It was great to play outside in the fresh air and learn about the hard work farm life requires. Ever since, I have been interested in farming. When I saw Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry, I couldn't resist.
The book is a wonderful overview of what sheep farming for yarn production entails. It covers an entire year in a season-by-season account of what she does to care for her sheep and farm without going into too much detail. The information about lamb birthing was particularly interesting. There are plenty of adorable pictures of sheep and the book also includes a few projects for knitters, weavers and yarn dying enthusiasts. Barbara keeps a blog called Sheepgal, which is very interesting, but infrequently updated as she seems to be busy with her farm. I recommend checking out the book and blog if you are interested in the fiber production process. I was inspired to pick up another, more detailed book about sheep farming.
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