READING SHEEPISH – BAG OF WOOL – SPINNING AND DYEING

16 11 2012

HELLO

SHEEPISH

 

 

 

 

 

I am still reading Sheepish, having it in the barn means I only read a chapter or so a day.  Catherine Friend was worried about how sheep effected the environment.   She found out that they are actually good for the environment.  Now sheep and goats are being used in land were fires are prevalent to keep a large area clear of scrubby growth, they are also used on power lines to keep the growth down.  

Wool ranks third in the worlds natural fiber, Jute second and Cotton first.  Although we in the United States are doing well in reducing insecticides when producing cottons so much of our clothing comes from countries that don’t.  I was so amazed at how many chemicals go into making cotton.  It makes one think about buying any cotton clothing.  Buying organic is great but where to find it and when you do it so expensive. 

I thought that this book would be a frivolous book about sheep, you know the kind of book that entertains but you don’t learn anything.  I was quite wrong.  This book has given me a lot to think about.  I highly recommend it.

BAG OF WOOL

 

 

 

 

I have this bag of wool which has been sitting on my porch for ages.  I just don’t know what to do with it.  Its full of all sorts of dyed stuff.  Bits and pieces left over from dyeing, not the best wool but good enough for a pair of socks or some mittens.   Most would throw this away but this wool came from my sheep, there are parts that will go into the mulch but a good part will be made into something useful.    So today I am going to spin some of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIN OF CAMPBELLS TEA

 

 

 

 

I have had this tin of tea since I was in Scotland almost 20 years.  Tonight I used the last of it for the dye for the quilt squares.  

Thank you for reading my blog and hope you have a wonderful day.

Carole

 


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