October 5, 2000

I saw my first flock of geese in the sky this morning. While I can barely jog a mile without collapsing, these amazing little creatures engage in their annual heroic journey without thought, costly cross-training shoes, or even a dose of caffeine.

It's humbling to think that these are the same creatures that feed and warm us. Likewise, if you love natural fibers, there's nothing more powerful than meeting and interacting with the animals that produce them.

That's exactly what I did last weekend at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival. If you've never been to such a show, I strongly encourage you to find one in your area. In the meantime, I'll share my experience with you.

Majestic Merino

Fur-bearing animals are impressive, and the Merino breed is the most awesome of them all. The oldest and most revered sheep breed in the world, Merino produce a strong, fine, soft fiber that doesn't itch.

Merino garments are lining the racks in stores this fall, and lucky for us, yarn manufacturers are doing the same with more varieties of Merino than ever before.

This week, we'll discuss the history and characteristics of Merino. Then next week, we'll roll up our sleeves and look at the Empress of Merino herself, Australia's Jo Sharp.


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The Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

The Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
The 12th annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival took place on September 30th and October 1st at the Snowshed Base Lodge in beautiful Killington, Vermont.

There were spinners, weavers, knitters, dyers, and breeders from across all of New England. Here's my take on the show, with plenty of pictures.

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Merino 101

Merino is the finest wool on the market, and it comes from from the oldest, most established sheep breed in the world. Best of all, you can actually afford to buy the stuff! Get the full scoop on Merino.

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