Washing wool: in this case, Florida Cracker

If you are on my mailing list, you’ve already seen this, because it is, in essence, the newsletter I e-mailed out this morning—but one reader has asked whether there’s a way to post it elsewhere, and this is the best option I can think of it for responding to that request. Another reader asked about … Read more

Textile legacies: In this case, Cat Bordhi’s

There is a problem with textile legacies–that being, we have no reasonable way to preserve, and be able to build upon, the substantial individual and collective work if it has not been captured in, for example, the published form of a book. Even then, parts of those accomplishments become inaccessible as the books go out … Read more

Fourth of July: Thinking about knitting and historiography

Cover of Never Caught by Dunbar

I’m knitting a shawl using natural white and indigo-dyed Finnsheep wool. It’s an exceptionally simple pattern with garter stitch stripes and an edging of an extremely simple lace: *yo, k2tog* across in one row, followed by three plain garter rows. There are some increases at each end of two of the plain rows. On the … Read more

Coloured Sheep: A Colour Genetics Primer

I wrote this commentary as one component of my May newsletter, which was sent to my mailing list yesterday. I’m posting it here as well so people who are searching for information on Coloured Sheep: A Colour Genetics Primer by Irina Böhme and Saskia Dittgen will be able to find it more easily. Spring and … Read more

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em: Rare wools initiative

Florida Cracker fleece

Record-sheet-vertical-2up-printer UK-2019The Livestock Conservancy has initiated a wool-oriented rare-breed project that warms my heart every time I come in contact with suppliers and fiber folk who are participating in it. Called Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em (also known as #SE2SE), it encourages people to discover rare-breed wools and to use them. It also provides incentives … Read more