Adventures in Yarn Farming

Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
Barbara Parry’s Springdelle Farm revolves around the sheep, llamas, and goats that contribute to her signature farm yarns. Follow Barbara through a year on the farm—from lambing and caring for her flock to shearing and preparing fiber for yarn—and get an insider’s view of life on a fiber farm, all told through the eyes of a veteran shepherdess and textile artisan. Along the way, discover techniques for spinning and dyeing natural fibers and patterns from top knitwear designers.


Author Bio
Barbara ParryBarbara Parry raises sheep on her 220-acre Springdelle Farm in western Massachusetts. Every year she 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).
Imprint: Roost
ISBN: 9781590308233
Publication Date: 10/02/2013
Page Count: 320
Size: 7 x 9

"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

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