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Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm


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A knitting book focusing on the sheep-to-shawl process by a well-known knitter, shepherd, and artisanal yarn producer.

Gain an insider's view on fiber farming and yarn craft, from sheep to skein, all told through the eyes of shepherd and textile artisan Barbara Parry. Follow her flock over the course of a year and discover all the facets of life with sheep: from shearing day and lambing season, to preparing fiber for yarn. Along the way you'll find projects for the fiber obsessed by top knitwear designers, essays on country life, and over 100 stunning photographs. With the growing locavore movement, the rising trend in sustainable farming, and the ever-increasing interest in crafting, this book is perfect for those who yearn for a closer connection to a rural lifestyle and who enjoy making things by hand.

About the Author

BARBARA PARRY raises sheep on her 220-acre Springdelle Farm in western Massachusetts. She and her husband, Michael, keep a flock of 77 sheep, goats, and llamas. Every year Barbara 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).

Table of Contents

Casting On

The Road to Springdelle Farm



Good Fibrations

Ides of March

Springdelle Jacket (project)

Lamb Watch

The Full Lamb Moon

Jammies for Lambies (project)

Troubleshooting Lambs

Lampedes and a Llama

Finding Fiddleheads



Cutting the Apron Strings

Grazing Days

The Kitchen Garden

A Summer Meal from the Kitchen Garden (project)

Lavender Harvest

Lavender Pillows (project)

Bridge of Flowers Sweater (project)

Fun with Tractors

Hay Day


At the Mill

The Zen of Dying

Dyeing and Hand Spinning a Self-Striping

Yarn (project)

Field and Sky Woven Tablet Cozy (project)

The Ram is Half the Sweater

Goats are Born Looking for Trouble

Dyeing, Combing, and Spinning Mohair (project)

Sundance Scarf (project)

New York Sheep and Wool Festival

In a Wild Place

Wildwood Cabled Pullover (project)


Gathering the Flock

Ice Storm

Winter Solstice

Solstice Hat (project)

Snowshoe Shepherd

Dip Dyed Yarn

Full Snow Moon Cowl and Mitts (project)

In the Sugar Bush

Sumac Mittens (project)


Binding Off




Guidelines for Safely Dyeing Yarn and Fiber


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Product Details

Parry, Barbara
Roost Books
Agriculture - General
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Yarn;sheep;sheep farming
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9.32 x 7.25 x 1.01 in 2.16 lb

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