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Adventures in Yarn Farming

Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm

Barbara Parry



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Roost Books
15 November 2013
A knitting book focusing on the sheep-to-shawl process by a well-known knitter, shepherd, and artisanal yarn producer.

Gain an insider's view on fiber farming and yarn craft, from sheep to skein, all told through the eyes of shepherd and textile artisan Barbara Parry. Follow her flock over the course of a year and discover all the facets of life with sheep- from shearing day and lambing season, to preparing fiber for yarn. Along the way you'll find projects for the fiber obsessed by top knitwear designers; essays on country life, including planting an heirloom kitchen garden, harvesting winter greens for a holiday wreath, and making bluebird nest boxes; and over 100 stunning photographs. With the growing locavore movement, the rising trend in sustainable farming, and the ever-increasing interest in crafting, this book is perfect for those who yearn for a closer connection to a rural lifestyle and who enjoy making things by hand. City and suburb dwellers sometimes dream about what it would be like to live on a country farm and raise animals. Adventures in Yarn Farming invites readers to participate vicariously in the daily life of a working sheep farm without
Imprint:   Roost Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   862g
ISBN:   9781590308233
ISBN 10:   1590308239
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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

BARBARA PARRY raises sheep on her 220-acre Springdelle Farm in western Massachusetts. She and her husband, Michael, keep a flock of 77 sheep, goats, and llamas. Every year Barbara converts hundreds of pounds of her spring wool clip into high-quality yarn and handspinning fiber. She markets her yarns and fibers under her label Foxfire Fiber & Designs and has created a substantial presence, both online ( and at major sheep and wool festivals throughout the Northeast. She has worked collaboratively with several well-known designers in the industry. Barbara's diverse background in fiber arts, sheep farming, and yarn production makes her a sought-after speaker for fiber retreats and guild presentations. Barbara regularly chronicles farm life on her blog, Sheep Gal- Notes from a Shelburne Shepherd ( She is also the author of Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing (Wiley Publishing).

Reviews for Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm

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<br><br> 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<br> <br> 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

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