I love it when the directions to a local workshop include “then you go down the gravel road for two miles until…”
I was part of a group of fifteen people learning about different kinds of wool, from about a dozen different kinds of sheep.
We learned a little bit about the background of the breed, characteristics of the wool, good combinations to make various types of items, rugs, socks, sweaters.
Then, we got to feel the different wools and see their characteristics.
What a fascinating new and very large vocabulary there is.
I also watched a video from Interweave Press about wool. Way more than I could take in – which breeds of sheep and how to spin their wool to take advantage of the best characteristics of that type of wool to make specific items, socks, sweaters, shawls.
Even on overload, I am totally loving my opportunities to learn new homestead skills to enjoy more sustainable living in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Missouri.
© 2017 Kathryn Hardage
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