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September 28, 2012


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It was a spectacular workshop, beginning to end. Thank you for coming to be with us all weekend.

Susan J. Tweit

Deb, It sounds like the research for the workshop gave you new material for that wide-ranging book, and an expanded framework for understanding what I hope you'll be writing about someday. We've talked about doors opening from F&F, and it seems like they still are, and they're interesting ones that pay as well. I like that! BTW, that Cormo sweater is gorgeous! And looks wonderful on you. It's nice to see you looking relatively relaxed in the photo. (I realize it's only relatively, but still, given all you're dealing with, that's a big achievement.)

Deb Robson

I'm so glad you were there, Shelly! Thanks for affirming that our experimental idea worked out well for you.

Susan, you're right. And I've also been asked (via e-mail) to write an article that will give me a nugget for whatever that project is. PIECES of it are coming together very clearly and deeply, but the whole has not revealed itself yet.

I'm glad I looked relaxed in the photo. I was practicing looking relaxed {grin}. I did need a haircut--hadn't had time to get one! The sweater feels even better than it looks.

Deb Robson

By the way, sorry to everyone for having added an additional sign-in hurdle on the comments. Almost thirty spam messages in a single day exceeded my tolerance for deleting.

Diana Troldahl

Lovely sweater! I would have loved that class, but (although tons closer than others you have taught) was a bit outside my comfort range :-}
I just received shipment on my new electric spinning machine, built by friend Teri (Dreamspinner). I have a lot to learn, but that is exciting!


This sounds like a wonderful class! I would love to talk with you sometime about where you look to research breed history, it sounds fascinating.
I got to check in about 80 fleeces last Friday for our local fiber festival - what a great opportunity to get up close & personal with a lot of different fleeces! It is such a Pandora's box - the more I learn, the more I want to know.

Devin Helmen

The class sounds like so much fun! And so interesting!
I love the sweater, it is beautiful and looks also like it could be a wardrobe workhorse.

Laura Walters

As a very new farmer, I want to thank you for your work on rare breeds. Thanks, in part, to your work in F&F Sourcebook, I have chosen to raise Gulf Coast sheep. I currently have 3 lambs who will be ready for breeding next fall. I have the hoggett fleeces from the first two, the other two to be shorn in the spring. Beautiful, beautiful fleeces, both of them.

Would love to have you do some of these workshops at SAFF--we're no MDS&W, but I have been trying to grow our fleece show.

I am hoping to go to the ALBC conference in November. Thank you and thank Carol for your efforts that are encouraging people like to me go into the field (literally) with these rare breeds.

Deb Robson

Diana, some day our paths will cross in person! I did get to visit with Lynn and to meet Brian when I was in Michigan for this workshop (and to hear them play part of a gig--it was great). Enjoy your new spinner!

You're right about the Pandora's box, Melissa. The more I know, the more I want to know, too. Researching breed history is also very tricky. The information comes in bits and pieces. Some breed societies keep extensive records, while others are focused entirely on the breed's current economic benefits. Any records or accounts are kept from the perspective of the scribe, which makes for some interesting variations in the information. That's part of why I enjoy it, but wow, it doesn't make getting a comprehensive picture easy! I *hope* to have some time to write up some of what I'm finding, along with where I'm finding it. My goal is not to provide definitive information but to at least document where I've been so others won't have to retrace those particular steps, or if they do they'll be able to start from where I left off.

Devin, it's true that the sweater looks like it's becoming a wardrobe workhorse. Yesterday our temperatures dropped from high 70sF to high 30s, and guess what I immediately reached for about 6 p.m.?

I'm thrilled to hear about your Gulf Coast sheep, Laura! This is tremendously exciting, and thank you for choosing a breed that needs you, that suits your part of the world, and that grows such lovely wool. I forwarded a copy of your comments to Carol, who says, "cool!" On SAFF: I love fiber festivals, large and small. I book six travel-to-teach events a year (slightly flexible, but the teaching is very energy-intensive and that's about all I can handle). As a result, I'm currently scheduling workshops for 2014. Just this week I started to work with a virtual assistant who will help me keep up with all the details (another limitation on how often I can teach). Our first project together involves preparing an information packet for events that may want to have me teach for them. I don't think it will take long for us to get this in place.

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