“Barbara Parry offers a beautiful, vivid portrayal of life on a thriving fiber farm. 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, author of The Yarn Whisperer
“Many of us wool enthusiasts daydream about someday owning a farm, raising sheep, harvesting yarn, and going back to the land. Follow Barbara Parry 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
“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
“In my very first years of sheep farming—and the resulting shearing, spinning, and knitting that goes along with it—I found myself turning each page slowly, not wanting the education and camaraderie to end. But no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum—farmer, spinner, dyer, knitter, or weaver—you are sure to find inspiration, laughter, and joy in the farm tales that Barbara shares.”—Amanda Soule, author of The Rhythm of Family
A wool cap is a comforting essential, even on mild winter days. Christa's design for a simple winter cap plays with color and texture. The shaping for the cap, which tapers toward the back of the head, makes it wearable beneath a hood or fit comfortably when bundled in a high-collared parka. Cormo wool makes this hat clingy without being hair flattening. The luster of silk defines the stitches.
Near the end of June, harvested buds of fragrant French lavender, valued for its intense essential oils, can be used to create lavender pillows to set in bureau drawers and blanket chests. Place on square in each corner of the drawer of chest where you are storing woolens.