Aug 28

Let me introduce you to Pocket’s Daughter.

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Isn’t she lovely?  Her mom is a North Country Cheviot/Dorset Cross (Pocket) and her Dad is a Cotswold cross (either Jared or Rocky).  She’s soft and shiny and so beautifully wavy.  She’s cold soaking right now with the intent to dye her fleece with the Coreopsis tinctoria I have been growing and saving all summer.  If all goes well, I will get a rich, burnt orange by shifting the pH to a slightly alkaline level by adding just a pinch or two of washing soda to the vat.

First, though, I can’t wait to see how white her fleece becomes as I wash it.  I have the feeling she’s going to be a brilliant white when she is clean.  I’ll let you know.

This is from Tring Farm in Kentucky.  I have 8 total fleeces from her 2018 clip, but this is the only white one.

Nov 9

Faribault blanket mill revival restores US jobs.

The above link was posted by Marg Coe on WeaveTech.

Yeah!!!  We need more factories and business like this reopened here in America.  If that equipment had been shipped overseas, it would have been lost to us forever.  Let’s make our comodities here in America, bring back the jobs from overseas, and become more dependent on ourselves for what we need.  Okay, so we might have to pay more for the things we need – wouldn’t you rather pay more for home grown and home made quality?  I would!  Buying cheap stuff that doesn’t last is a waste of our money and resources.  Besides, maybe people would treasure what they have more, and take better care of it if they had to pay a bit more for it. 

One factory down, thousands to go.  Let’s put America back to work making things for Americans.  I know this sounds so political, but why are we allowing our country to fail when we can make our own goods and succeed?

Nov 8

Cannabis & Hemp ‘Hemp for Victory’ (1942) – USDA Film.

This link was posted by Virginia Glenn on WeaveTech, of which I am a member, and I just had to share this with you.  It is a fascinating look at how hemp was considered back in WWII.  Also, I found it very interesting that hemp is grown and processed like flax is.  I learned quite a bit watching this, and I wanted to share it with all of you.  The teacher in me just loved it.

Why is is illegal to grow hemp in this country?  Back then, growers could grow it with a certificate from the government.  Why can’t we do this again?  It is such a versitile crop and the uses for it are wide and varied.  It would give our country one less reason to turn to synthetic alternatives and our dependence on other countries.  I would love to hear other opinions on this.

I think I will be looking for more videos like this.