Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

I had the pleasure of reviewing a printer's proof of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook for Vogue Knitting. These days a printer's proof is a pile of xeroxed pages, and in the case of the FFSB, a lot of xeroxed pages. I realized then this is a must-have.

First off, this is the first time anyone has compiled a resource this vast. Not only does the FFSB tease out the details on all manner of sheep (each entry features animal photos, descriptions, fiber details--and this is what blew my mind--examples of the fiber raw and clean, spun, knit and woven--it also addresses exotic breeds like the domestic American shorthair.

Secondly, it's beautiful. And, hopefully, it will raise awareness that when it comes to fiber, Gertrude Stein was wrong: A sheep is a sheep is a sheep--so not! The diversity from breed to breed and how each behaves on the spindle and needles--and hoof--is vast and wonderful. We owe Deb Robson and Carol Ekarius an enormous debt.

Thirdly, now it's mine! Many thanks to my good buddy who gave it to me as an early birthday present.

Now let's all go hug a Corriedale. Or barring that knit some its yarn.


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