Meet the people, sample the flavor, and experience the kinship through 11 unique events and more than 25 inspiring projects
Throughout history, we've gathered together in the market square. We're there to buy and sell, to get good deals on fibers, fabrics, fruits, vegetables, and bread, but we're also there to see friends, gossip, trade recipes, and admire new clothes. We've got an eye on each other's animals, and we're going to keep them from getting into any trouble. It's our chance to hold someone else's baby or to congratulate a new grandmother. It's a chance to connect, to touch, and to bond with others.
These days, it's easy to feel like we live in scary times, and sometimes we're less neighborly than we used to be. Our lives are filled with long distances and technology. We're more likely to make cyberfriends than visit with someone down the street. Our lives are full of work, school, and caretaking, but how many of us still live near our families? Our hometowns? How do we reach out to one another?
—From the Introduction
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Chapter 1: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
Sheep Dog Demonstrations.
Mary Jane Socks.
Spirited Entrelac Polo.
Learning to Hand Dye Multicolored Yarn.
Chapter 2: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.
New York Wine and Cheese.
Festive Fingerless Mitts.
The Curious Ewe.
Chapter 3: New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival.
Apple Crisp Recipe.
Unmistakably Warm Cowl.
Natural Alpaca Ruana.
Chapter 4: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.
Quick Felted Sweater Bag.
Chapter 5: The Tennessee State Fair: A Spinning Competition and Fleece Auction.
How to Wash Fleece: A General Guide.
Spinning for Speed.
Chapter 6: Michigan Fiber Festival.
Inexpensive Tools for Spinning: A Drop Spindle.
Inexpensive Tools for Knitting: Knitting Needles.
Creating a Skein.
Chapter 7: Heart of America Sheep Show and Fiber Fest.
The New U.S. Lamb Market.
Sit Upon: A Crocheted Wool Roving Seat Pad.
Icelandic Winter Cap.
Chapter 8: Shearing Day.
Preparing for and Helping at a Sheep Shearing.
Skirting a Fleece.
Chapter 9: Black Sheep Gathering.
The Woolen Mill.
Chapter 10: Estes Park Wool Market.
Lamb’s for Lunch.
Mountain Ripple Socks.
Men’s Crochet Mock Cable Sweater.
Chapter 11: The Wool Festival at Taos.
New Mexico Weaving Traditions.
A Trio of Southwestern-Style Pillows.
Chapter 12: Conclusions: Building Your Own Fiber Gathering.
Thick & Thin Baby Coat & Cap.
Classy Aran Long Skirt.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A book about fiber gatherings. It a good idea, and if I lived close to any of the described gatherings, I would attend. But, After the second or third descriptions, they all started sounding the same, with similar offerings, and similar setup. A few stand out in my mind, especially the Estes Park Wool Market in Colorado, and the Wool Festival at Taos. The patterns are nice, but I did not knit any. I especially liked the emphasis on learning how to spin. The chapter on sheep shearing is quite fun too. I think die hard fiber junkies will appreciate this book, but for the average knitter, its a one time read.
nice to look at, wide variety of projects including a really bad entrelac Polo sweater, bits on information on spinning including how to make potatoe spindle