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Adventures in yarn farming : four seasons on a New England fiber farm

Author: Barbara Parry; Ben Barnhart
Publisher: Boston : Roost Books, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 ever having to muck out a barn, be chased by a recalcitrant ram, or lift a hay bale. Told through the eyes of veteran shepherd and textile artisan, Barbara Parry's stories follow her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Anecdotes
Named Person: Barbara Parry
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Parry; Ben Barnhart
ISBN: 9781590308233 1590308239
OCLC Number: 828483968
Description: ix, 310 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Casting on --
The road to Springdelle Farm --
Flocking --
Good fibrations --
The ideas of March --
Springdelle jacket --
Lamb watch --
The full lamb moon --
Jammies for lambies --
Troubleshooting lams --
Lamb-pedes and a llama --
Hay-lelujah! --
Cutting the apron strings --
Grazing days --
The kitchen garden --
A summer meal from the kitchen garden --
Lavender harvest --
Lavender pillows --
Bridge of flowers cardigan --
Fun with tractors --
Hay day --
At the mill --
The zen of dyeing --
Dyeing and hand spinning a self-striping yarn --
Field and sky woven tablet cozy --
The ram is half the sweater --
Goats are born looking for trouble --
Dyeing, combing, and spinning mohair --
Sundance scarf --
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival --
In a wild place --
Wildwood cabled pullover --
Gathering the flock --
Ice storm --
Winter solstice --
Solstice hat --
Snowshoe shepherd --
Dip-dyed yarn --
Full snow moon cowl and mitts --
In the sugar bush --
Sumac mittens --
Binding off --
Abbreviations --
Guidelines for safely dyeing yarn and fiber.
Responsibility: Barbara Parry ; photography by Ben Barnhart.

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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 ever having to muck out a barn, be chased by a recalcitrant ram, or lift a hay bale. Told through the eyes of veteran shepherd and textile artisan, Barbara Parry's stories follow her flock over the course of a year, showing all the facets of life connected to sheep and making yarn. Readers get a front-row seat to the sheep show -- tending sheep on winter mornings, shearing day, the round-the-clock chaos of lambing season, preparing fiber for yarn -- and a visit to Barbara's dye studio, where she transforms skeins for hand-knit creations. With the growing locavore movement, the rising eco-friendly trend in sustainable farming, and the ever-increasing interest in crafting, this book is relevant on many fronts. It will draw readers who yearn for a closer connection with a rural lifestyle and who enjoy making things by hand. Through 13 projects, as well as sidebars and side excursions, readers get a slice of life on a New England farm.

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