Shear Spirit: Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns, and Miles of Yarn
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Shear Spirit: Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns, and Miles of Yarn

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An artisan who captures Maine’s summer air in her sun-and-sea-dyed yarns. A weaver and a poet whose Buddhist stupa sits near the barns of their Massachusetts farm. Two scientists turned sheep farmers whose flock grazes in the shadows of Montana’s Bridger Mountains. A Navajo sheep herder and craftsman in the Black Mesa region of Arizona whose endangered breed of sheep were...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Potter Craft
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Janelle
Aug 09, 2008 Janelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kristina, Steven
I loved this book and alternated between reading it voraciously and trying to save it so it wouldn't be over too quickly. It profiles 10 fiber farms around the U.S. and includes at least one pattern that showcases the yarn produced by that farm. The photography is gorgeous - this is one I'll leave out on the coffee table for a while.

The book is about fiber, but it's even more about fiber PEOPLE, and it makes me want to be one. I know I'm not cut out to be a farmer, but maybe I could buddy up wit...more
Diane
Part coffee-table book, part inspirational work, and part pattern guide, Shear Spirit connects knitters to the yarn-producing community across America. This book follows the writer and photographer to 10 fiber farms and ranches across America - from the Willamette Valley of Oregon to the coast of Maine - taking a rich inside look at the challenging but rewarding lives of the people who have devoted their lives to harvesting and spinning fleece into yarn. Twenty projects featuring yarns from the...more
Jan
I really enjoyed the profiles of the farms and their owners, thanks to Cindy and Rich who gave me this beautiful book. The photography is gorgeous. So much luscious yarn, so little time. This is the dilemma of my life - read or play with yarn.

I just looked through this book again today - two lambs were born this week on our farm. One is chocolate brown; since her mother is Nutmeg I've named her Cinnamon. The black lamb is a male but it has the "hand of God" marking on the top of his head, as th...more
Cayenne
This book is like reading a National Geographic of fiber animal farms in the US. Beautiful photos and wonderful stories about people living sustainably, raising livestock and selling fiber. My favorite was the farm in Maine. She uses seawater for her dye pots instead of toxic metal-based salts and ends up with gorgeous colors. There are some lovely knitting and felting patterns included as well.
Rebecca
I loved the photography in this book and really enjoyed learning about the different fiber farms. I want to do a tour and visit them all! I also found 3 or 4 patterns that I plan to knit in the near future. All in all a great book if you're interested in fiber, fiber animals, farms, etc.
Lari
Beautiful book. Lots of pictures of fiber animals and fiber workshops. The patterns are good too. I found one farm that is just a few miles from husband Vern's sister's house in Western PA. I'll have to look it up next time we are out there.
Emily
The Stories of the Different Farms are inspiring and eye opening. I am not to enthralled with the patterns. But this book has inspired me to contact these farms personally and get my yarn and roving from them, cutting out any middle man.
Flower Edmiston
A cute book giving weaver, knitters, and some spinners, and idea of where their fiber comes from. Over all, more flash and dressy show than practical knowledge, but I'm not quite sure it was supposed to be a book of practical knowledge.
Julie
Interesting look at small-scale sheep farmers/yarn and fiber producers all over the US. The photography is wonderful. Some nice patterns, too.
marissa
Great stories of small fiber farms doing things in new ways. Beautiful photographs and inspiring patterns.
Alexandra
My yarn pusher showed me this book yesterday and I bought it on the spot. Sheep farming is the LIFE!
Kaylan
Jan 04, 2011 Kaylan added it
Great patterns and stories, good addition to anyone's fiber collection.
Ann Muth
great patterns and photography. I fun look at where fiber originates
Lisa Beamer
Totally made me want to go buy a farm somewhere and raise sheep.
Emily
A really attractive book, very interesting stories
Tara
Sep 19, 2008 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lolly
Shelves: crafting, i-own
So beautiful and inspiring! A birthday gift for myself!
Tracy Ward
all things sheep, goats, fiber and spinning!
Jocele
What an inspiring book.
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