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Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm (Anglais) Relié – 12 novembre 2013

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"Visually as well as informatively inviting, Barry’s story of her New England farm, particularly how she produces yarn for crafters, will absorb readers regardless of their previous interest in or even exposure to the nearly magical world of yarn preparation."—Booklist, starred review

“Many people dream of ditching it all and starting a farm in the country, but Barbara Parry actually did it. In 1997 she began building a flock of sheep that has since become the foundation of her thriving Western Massachusetts fiber farm. Here she offers a beautiful, vivid portrayal of the life she has chosen. Season by season, she presents a narrative that is dreamy yet concrete, inspiring yet informative, and, always, unblinkingly honest. A must-read for anyone who wants to better appreciate where their yarn comes from.”—Clara Parkes

“Parry’s skillful hand and gentle heart  are the perfect blend to capture the joys and heartaches of farming in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.”—Linda Cortright, publisher of Wild Fibers magazine
“Many of us wool enthusiasts daydream about someday owning a farm, raising sheep, harvesting yarn, and going back to the land. Follow Barbara Parry—a former English teacher who made this dream a reality—on a journey that teaches us all ‘about the intangible gains of . . . taking the long road.’ ”—Jared Flood, knitwear designer and owner of Brooklyn Tweed

“In my very first years of sheep farming—and the resulting shearing, spinning, and knitting that goes along with it—I found myself turning each page slowly, not wanting the education and camaraderie to end. But no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum —farmer, spinner, dyer, knitter, or weaver—you are sure to find inspiration, laughter, and joy in the farm tales that Barbara shares.”—Amanda Soule, author of The Rhythm of Family

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BARBARA PARRY raises sheep on her 220-acre Springdelle Farm in western Massachusetts. She and her husband, Michael, keep a flock of 77 sheep, goats, and llamas. Every year Barbara converts hundreds of pounds of her spring wool clip into high-quality yarn and handspinning fiber. She markets her yarns and fibers under her label Foxfire Fiber & Designs and has created a substantial presence, both online (www.foxfirefiber.com) and at major sheep and wool festivals throughout the Northeast. She has worked collaboratively with several well-known designers in the industry. Barbara's diverse background in fiber arts, sheep farming, and yarn production makes her a sought-after speaker for fiber retreats and guild presentations. Barbara regularly chronicles farm life on her blog, Sheep Gal: Notes from a Shelburne Shepherd (www.sheepgal.com). She is also the author of Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing (Wiley Publishing).

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20 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Hay-lelujah for this wonderful book! 11 décembre 2013
Par S. J. Dagg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I knew I was going to like this book from my first glance at the contents list. Someone who can come up with Good Fibrations, Lamb-pedes ad Hay-lelujah is my kind of author – clearly imaginative and with a fine sense of humour. And, as a sheep, alpaca and llama owner myself, the subject matter of these cleverly named chapters fascinated me.
The author Barbara Parry tells us about four seasons on her New England farm. She also tells us how she tends to take “an awfully long and complicated way around most things”, but most definitely not with her writing. The book is succinctly written, full of absorbing detail about the life of a small-scale sheep farmer, and Barbara Parry outlines why she embraces this fascinating but formidable lifestyle. And there’s plenty of humour, as I expected. You pick up lots of interesting facts about the various different breeds of sheep, how and why they differ with regards to their wool type and yield, and the author explains how she made her own choices. Being a llama farmer, I was delighted to see that she added llamas (one of whom shares my daughter’s name!) to her menagerie to act as bodyguards, a role these camelids perform brilliant as I know from experience.
The author shares with us how she processes the fibre, from shearing to spinning; it’s a veritable goldmine of information. There’s hands-on advice, workable tips and hints, not just about yarn processing, using and storing dyes, but also about lambing, stock health maintenance and running a farm. Throughout there are fabulous photos. There are even knitting patterns too and a glossary. This is such a well planned and executed book but most of all it’s so readable. Barbara has a wonderful, welcoming conversational style.
Any yarn lover will surely adore this book.
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Very nice, left me wanting more 19 novembre 2013
Par Amyklebust - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a sweet, fast-reading book with lovely photos and a good introduction to the shepherding life. As a "yarn farmer" myself, I really would have enjoyed hearing more from the author about her day to day experiences with her flock. Still, it's a nice book for the armchair sheep enthusiast.
I am more a yarn-maker than a knitter, so I can't speak to the quality of the patterns included in the book, but the projects (there are 8 knitting patterns included, plus a weaving project, a couple of spinning projects, a clutch of recipes and some tutorial information on dyeing), look lovely and appealing.
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A Yarn Farm in All Its Glory 18 novembre 2013
Par Fairbanks Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a lovely book that has the story of a yarn farm in all its glory and seasons. It also includes patterns for knitting along with delicious recipes. The book is divided into seasons with each season having its share of dyeing, combing, spinning and weaving.

While I had thought this book would have more patterns, the narrative is excellent and the reader learns what it's like to have a yarn farm.
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A true adventure 14 novembre 2013
Par Bonnie Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I just received this book yesterday, The pictures are wonderful and the projects are lovely. I will probably keep this book close at hand as it is a great reference as well. From sheep to shawl, the book explains all of the steps. I love this book.
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Wonderfully Entertaining Book! 29 novembre 2013
Par Peaceful Acres Farm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I LOVED reading this book! I too have a Yarn farm and was delighted at the tails from the shepherd! Barbara truly is an entertaining writer who has a pleasant use of words. I couldn't put it down, reading from cover to cover as if I was feasting on the most scrumptious dessert! I'm now searching for another real life farm(her) book that will entertain my senses!
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