Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool - Clara Parkes

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool

A fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent
transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the
people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way




Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of
characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers
without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and
our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with her as she meets a flock
of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in
Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a
working farm, and learns how wool fleece is measured, baled, shipped,
and turned into skeins.



In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Parkes describes a brush with the
dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her adventures from
Maine to Wisconsin ("the most knitterly state") and back again; along
the way, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners,
scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that
populate the yarn-making industry. By the end of the book, you'll be
ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep
instead. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture
through the lens of wool.
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A fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent
transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the
people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way




Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of
characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers
without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and
our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with her as she meets a flock
of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in
Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a
working farm, and learns how wool fleece is measured, baled, shipped,
and turned into skeins.



In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Parkes describes a brush with the
dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her adventures from
Maine to Wisconsin ("the most knitterly state") and back again; along
the way, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners,
scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that
populate the yarn-making industry. By the end of the book, you'll be
ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep
instead. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture
through the lens of wool.
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