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What a time saver! The washer is a super handy trick for blocking and washing hand knits, too. It only took a night to air dry instead of an entire week.
Flickr: Discussing yarn for felting in Crazy for Knitting
Even though I started this whole venture to embrace that sheepy, sustainable, world-saving wool, I love the blends. I just do. I love knitting with a bit of silk and cashmere. Alpaca too. It just takes the dye so well and shines. Would we even know if it was really a synthetic fiber pretending to be silk? It almost seems too good to be true. The purveyor has been so supportive and incredibly invaluable when it comes to helping me set prices. My online shop is pretty bare bones right now, because most of my current stock went down to the brick and mortar store.
I generally love my knitting photography for my posts and social media. Reed also says he wants to grow up to be someone who takes pictures of yarn. I find the whole endeavor makes my hair gray er. I love to knit with all the colors, but I admit to knitting with an abundance of grey. Pink seems to be a big hit, which I get…I knit a lot of pink stuff too. Beyond all else, I am continually struck by the kindness of knitters, as human beings. I am always surprised and touched by the little notes that flutter into my email or Instragram feed, offering warm wishes of one sort or another.
I am so glad we can all knit together, even though many of us are far apart. In general, I find it absolutely wonderful to have a houseful of yarn. This book is an quick, easy memoir.
The subject matter interests me immenesely- a lesbian-run sheep farm is one of my most precious secret dreams. The author is clearly a skilled writer. And yet this book was just "ok" to me. It reads a lot like a blogger's book, and I found out halfway through that the author in fact keeps a blog about her sheep farm. I would guess that a lot of the blog material is given a second life in this published form. Here's one of my favorite passages: We stick by our ' This book is an quick, easy memoir.
Here's one of my favorite passages: We stick by our 'no naming the female sheep' rule. Then Melissa buys two Muscovy ducks, big waddling things that don't quack but sort of whistle in a nonthreatening way. The female proves to be a great mother, so she becomes Mother Duck. The male struts around imperiously waiting for Mama Duck to walk by so he can have sex. In moments like this, I enjoyed the book. I wasn't impressed by the structure of the book, though. Many of the chapters were disjointed and there were weak segues between them.
The quotes at the beginning of each chapter didn't frame or add to the story. And the story itself was a little slow she learns to knit. I thought this was really precious and endearing because I haven't read a lot of lesbians reflecting on their relationships twenty years into it.
Despite my affection for many parts of this book, it was a real slag for me to get through due to the aforementioned issues of flow. Consequently, I would recommend it as airplane reading or as your gym book. Also, it's maybe not so great for really tender vegans because they do sell some of their sheep as meat, although most of the book is about the sheep's fiber and Friend's relationship with it and butchering is not a primary part of the story. Jun 09, Gretchen rated it it was ok. I came to like the author as a character over the course of the book, but overall the writing was a reminder of how hard it is to do funny, self-deprecating, engaging memoirs well.
The short choppy chapters, short choppy thoughts, and short choppy jokes don't hold together to make a particularly compelling read. I got the feeling that Friend's personal despair and the problems in her relationship were deeper than she really wanted to share in full, making for a weird ricocheting back and forth b I came to like the author as a character over the course of the book, but overall the writing was a reminder of how hard it is to do funny, self-deprecating, engaging memoirs well.
I got the feeling that Friend's personal despair and the problems in her relationship were deeper than she really wanted to share in full, making for a weird ricocheting back and forth between her declarations that it was all falling apart and her breezy quips about the humor of farm life. Friend is a truly fantastic writer, but I'm deducting a potential fifth star as the book was just too long for me, with my interest starting to flag beyond the halfway point; animal people shouldn't have such a problem. I'll give her a bit of that back though for the way she deftly handles the sexuality issue, so that it's neither hidden "Where's Waldo?
Dykes ahead! View 2 comments. Jun 19, May-Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: saving-the-world.
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Apr 05, Nostalgia Reader rated it it was ok Shelves: buzz-complete. This didn't seem to be sure whether or not it should be a farm memoir, a craft memoir, a history, or an environmental manifesto. Also, even though they were focusing on farming for meat, the fact that they didn't even fathom selling the fiber until many years later was, imo, stupid.
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Maybe it was just Friend's hatred of "fiber freaks" and their This didn't seem to be sure whether or not it should be a farm memoir, a craft memoir, a history, or an environmental manifesto. Maybe it was just Friend's hatred of "fiber freaks" and their yarn that she didn't think to look past that until much later? Attempts at self-deprecating humor ended up just making many decisions seem stupid and whiny rather than funny, learnable moments. Apr 15, Kristi rated it it was amazing. Sheepish takes us back into the life of Catherine Friend, following the successful memoir Hit By a Farm.
More than a tale of rediscovering the joy of working with sheep, Sheepish takes us through several vignettes of life on the farm.
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In between stories of sheep sex success and failures , lambings, hay bales and fencing comes reflections on recycling, on her relationship with her partner, Melissa, on writing and on discovering FarmVille. Friend gives highlights in the history of sheep and wool, Sheepish takes us back into the life of Catherine Friend, following the successful memoir Hit By a Farm.
Friend gives highlights in the history of sheep and wool, then her own path to becoming a "fiber freak". Her first fumbling with spinning yarn to handling her first turquoise-dyed roving; from knitting a lot of rectangles to showing off her handknit socks in the airport, Friend learns the love that people have for wool. It is one that she has discovers for herself. I adored Friend's first memoir, Hit By a Farm, and Sheepish is an excellent continuation of her story. I couldn't help but be drawn into Friend's life once again.
She is not afraid to poke fun at herself, or the others interacted with through this time period. The theme of middles is a definite part of this tale. As Friend writes, "everyone needs a reason to keep going when they're in the middle. Working with what you have, and finding out what you want to do with it, is all part of the journey. Being able to do it with a sense of humor and self-discovery? This makes sharing the story one that brings the reader along for the journey too. Catherine Friend brings another wonderful tale of life on her Minnesota farm.
With laughter and a few tears, Friend weaves together her stories like the threads on a loom, and as any fiber freak can tell you, this is a yarn we like to spin! Sep 25, Judy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: the sheepish and bleating hearts. Shelves: bio-memoir , non-fiction , minnesota. Catherine Friend starts life on a sheep friend without farming experience, wearing cotton clothing and no knitting needles.
Her memoir explains how that changes through revealing humorous anecdotes and plenty of hard-learned lessons, sore muscles and tears. Friend doesn't skirt issues regarding her own sexual orientation, although she isn't militant about it. Her honesty also shows as she pokes fun at herself regarding her inability to consistently recycle and reuse.
I appreciated her openness i Catherine Friend starts life on a sheep friend without farming experience, wearing cotton clothing and no knitting needles. I appreciated her openness in relaying her story.
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It provided a level of comfort for me knowing there weren't going to be any environmental lectures looming as I feared by reading the sub-title. I'm as concerned as the next person about the environment and do my share to help; I just hate being guilted and wrangled about it. I found most of Friend's humor funny, but there were a couple of joke lines that kept appearing in the book a bit much. For these, I must sheepishly admit, I wool gladly have proffered the means to have them sheared off as they became baa-adly overused Shelves: non-fiction , knitting-books.
This book was very fun to read. It is written with humor. The story is about 2 women who decide to start a farm and end up with a lot of sheep. They sort of figure it out as they go along and somehow manage to survive while doing so. The writing is good and done sort of as essays, although each one moves the book along in a chronologic order. I did enjoy reading this and I was glad to discover that Catherine did get to become a fiber "Freak" as she puts it. She also becomes a mad sock knitter. So altogether a read good read if you like do-it-yourself, laugh at yourself stories.
Oct 18, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: biographies-memoirs , food-farming-cooking. A funny, frank memoir that makes me appreciate sheep, their positive impact on the environment, and the importance of family farms. I really enjoyed this book and I've been having fun reading it with my family!
Aug 17, Gretchen rated it it was amazing. Whether you're a knitter, spinner, or farmer-wanna be, you'll love this book! View 1 comment. Jun 06, Denise rated it it was amazing. Sheepish continues the wild , sheep farming tales started in Hit By a Farm. Catherine and her partner Melissa are still living on the farm, but beginning to struggle making ends meet. Their bodies are protesting the heavy farm labor and Catherine still questions her commitment to the farm.
But everytime doubts arise there is a warm, cuddly lamb to be bottle fed or some heroic friend stops by to help out. Catherine uses this latest installment in their farming adventures to explore the idea of mi Sheepish continues the wild , sheep farming tales started in Hit By a Farm. I can do up to 2k per hour. You said that for your 8th crafting skill you did I prepared very hard for my 8th knitting reinc and made sure I had lots of good paths to character xp without raising the need for very high knitting. I think I did it with I know the 5 to the 8th reinc each cost me on average 3.
With the new gem update it has gotten significantly easier though. Oops sorry. I misread your post and thought it said 40 dyes per hour instead of per minute. Hi Seryn, thanks for the helpful feedback! Well I do hope it is not too big of an adjustment. I would feel a bit bad if people could now too easily catch up to me. So at lvl knitting you would always spin 2 yarn per wool.
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Also spinning should in this case give people a tiny, very small amount of xp. I do agree now would be excessive. Viewing 14 posts - 1 through 14 of 14 total. June 5, at am What on Earth am I doing wrong? June 5, at pm So our total gathering hours estimate stands at 20 hours.