|A picture of my copy.|
Fiber folk: put this book on your holiday wish list or just call up your independent book seller or yarn store and see if they have it in. I found mine at Battenkill Books in Cambridge, New York, where I was for the last holiday, and where I often am as that's where I'm from. This is prime sheep country and some of my favorite fleece is produced there (but I may be a little biased!)
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is not only filled with lovely fibery pictures of sheep and fleece but lots of information that is well-written and enjoyable to read. This book can feed your fiber longings for a long, long time and will definitely be my go-to book for information on numerous breeds of sheep and other fiber critters after I've read it cover to cover. This is the book for fiberfolk everywhere, who like foodies and their heritage tomatoes, want fabulous heritage fleece to spin and knit or weave with joy.
I hope this book helps bring an end to the current fascination with those over-processed rovings from overseas (and worse superwash) and open greater interest in local, sustainably grown, uncovered fleece. Maybe we'll be seeing more painted roving that come from local sheep and local small mills. That's what I'll be looking for. Maybe more people will embrace Slow Cloth as a way of life.
Just to mention, I was in Battenkill Books with my sister-in-law to pick up a copy of Jenna Woginrich's book Barnheart. Jenna has a farm down the road and not only raises Scottish Blackface sheep, chickens and other critters but has a day-job and is a prolific author. I didn't reserve a copy, but I know I'll be back there to pick up a book--but I think I'll ask my own local bookstore to get me a copy.