Adventures in Yarn Farming
Errata: There is an error in the pattern on page 296 in the first printing. The chart for the Sumac Mittens is cut off. For the complete pattern, click here for the PDF.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.
"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