Learning About Wool

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.

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Then, we got to feel the different wools and see their characteristics.

What a fascinating new and very large vocabulary there is.

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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.

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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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