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November 15, 2012


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So jealous! Great yak photos! I love the big nose and the slurping tongue! I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful visit to Carl and Eileen's ranch.

Deb Robson

Im go glad to be able to share some of the fun.

Susan J. Tweit

Thanks for the field trip, Deb! What fun to meet the yaks and learn about their fiber and the yarns coming from it. That Yak/silk combo sounds wonderful. Your fingerless mitts are lovely too. And congrats on filling Explore 4 (v.2) beforehand--the participants are lucky to be working with you....

Kathryn Ray

I love yaks too.

I visited a ranch in Steamboat a few years ago... and Hubba always cautions me not to come home with any yaks when I go to the Estes Park Wool Festival. ;-)

L.M. Cunningham

That looks like too much fun, Deb! I always like going up to visit our friends who raise bison here for the same reason. While some of the calves have been bottle-raised and have little fear of humans bearing treats, Peter and Judy work hard to keep them from being too domesticated.

It makes it harder to get fibre from them, but I think I like them more wild. ;-)

Diana Troldahl

I am breathing in, imagining I can smell them. I grew up out in the country, and some of my favorite scents are related to livestock (not pigs particularly but sheep and bovines.) I might buy some raw yak fiber just to experience that scent, too. I used to walk a mile out of my way in Japan so I could pass by some closed gates that hid cows, so I could breath the scent of home.

Deb Robson

Susan, yak fiber might work for you. Some time when we have the leisure (ha?), I can bring you a swatch and we'll see whether you might want to try it.

Kathryn, the yaks would match your dogs.

Yaks are domesticated, Linda--at least, this type is. I'm fascinated by the relationships between yaks, cattle, and bison.

You and me, Diana: the scents of bovines and sheep speak of home (and not so much the pigs, although pigs are amazing). Carl Koop and I were talking about that (what types of barnyard aromas are comfort smells, which aren't, and why) while we visited with the yaks. I never found a place in Japan where I smelled cows!

Lynn Hershberger

Adorable huge fuzzballs, yes? I have no fondness for dirt roads or animal smells, but I love gentle beings. I also love your photos and your stories.

The yarns sound luscious. Silver is a gorgeous color with which to knit. I'll be interested to see what the dyed colors look like, as well. I'm guessing teal and eggplant might be possible. Crossing fingers.

Deb Robson

Lynn, theres a whole lot more color than you might imagine. Yaks dont just come in brown, although thats the color that most frequently ends up in yarns because its what most of the blends end up as. They also come in natural white, and all of Bijou Basins whites are natural. So you could get the bright colors you like, including turquoise!

Interestingly, yak is one of the few protein fibers that can be bleached without causing it serious damage. But the natural white is the way to go, for both textile and environmental reasons.

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