Out of the Mouths of Sheep

A bit of wool controversy is happening, with a few big name brands and a well known group doing what they can to tell the world not to wear wool.

What would a sheep say?

I think they would say “Save a sheep – Wear wool.”  Since sheep can’t really tell us how they feel, we have to be their voice.

Wool has so many great natural properties to offer the world, has been around since… well forever seems like a good amount of time.

We know wool is a natural, renewable resource. 

We also know:

  • Wool is self-cleaning, naturally antibacterial and odor resistant.
  • Wool can absorb a lot of weight without feeling wet.
  • Wool is biodegradable.
  • Wool is naturally fire resistant and fire retardant.
  • Wool improves indoor air quality to help remove allergens and pollutants, deterring the growth of dust mites.
  • Wool is 100% natural and forms part of a natural carbon cycle.
  • Wool is a great insulator for homes.
  • Wool keeps you warm in the winter and it cools in the summer.

Can you say that about man-made fibers?

There is much to be said about the health factors of shearing sheep and the by-product of their fleece, for us spinners, it is heaven on earth. 

The sheep is sheared and let free to roam around the pasture. The spinner obtains the fleece to spin the wool into yarn. The weaver or knitter works the wool yarn into an article of clothing or home goods.  The sheep grows more wool and the process starts again. 

There is so much more to it than this small post I am writing. Many of us on Instagram feel that @claraparkes said it well here. 

I’ve ordered buttons, see the photos within this post, and should be available mid-January in the #spin15aday shop!

Until next time…spin on.

#spin15aday gets a mention

Spin Off Winter 2019 Issue

Spin Off has been around, well, it seems like forever.  I had printed copies of issues years and years ago.  Those printed copies have moved on to other spinners as I’ve taken the minimalist approach to magazines by mostly going digital.  

Thanks to @yarnengineer for the heads up about the article in the Winter 2019 issue of Spin OffPodcast! Creating a Fiber Community by Emily Straw. Of course, I had to go out and get a copy to read, especially when #spin15aday gets a mention. 

It just keeps getting better, our little #spin15aday community, mostly on Instagram and now with the group on Ravelry run by some wonderful co-moderators that take care of keeping the threads alive and well.  

#spin15aday has slowly, but steadily spread joy over the past three years and I hope it will continue to do so as we head in to its fourth year in 2019. 

It has been a community effort, even when I nudge all of you spinners, it has taken us as a village to make it happen. Thank YOU for making it what it is and will be.

Spin on…

Oops! Not an IT person – Apology to you!

A huge apology for any and all crazy emails that went out today from The 1764 Shepherdess website.

I was trying to update the website theme.  Fail!!!

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