Dreaming of Shetland

Dreaming of Shetland

Deb Robson is one of the people I most admire in the spinning world.  For as long as I have know her ( is it 20 years?) she has passionately championed rare and endangered breeds of sheep.

Yesterday, the Rare Breed Survival Trust in the UK updated their Watchlist. The Watchlist covers  cows, horses, chickens, pigs as well as sheep. Of all of the animals listed on the RBST Watchlist sheep have the most positive numbers. Deb Robson has had a hand in this. She has helped to bring an awareness to spinners and knitters and other fiber folk about different breeds and their properties that just was there before. The fiber world is richer for it.

Deb’s North American Teaching Schedule

Deb is teaching 3 four-day breed intensive retreats this year, and that’s all she’s teaching in North America 2014. Here’s some information:

Using individually selected and prepared fleeces, in each retreat she’ll lead a small group of participants in a relaxed, information-rich exploration of fibers, history, and spinning skills. All of the retreats accommodate a wide range of skill levels, from those who have recently gained confidence making a two-ply yarn to those with a great deal of experience.
Deb spends the year preceding a retreat sourcing and preparing the fibers. Her goal is a combination of featured materials that provides a variety of experiences—and that result in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The retreat days combine presentation of materials and techniques with independent time for rest, further fiber work, and exploration of the local area. There’s lots of time for visiting and informal, personalized instruction.

Dates and locations:
* Explore 4 Fiber Retreat, a potpourri of fibers, March 17-20, 2014, Friday Harbor, Washington
* Explore 4 on the Eastern Shore, focusing on locally sourced fibers, October 13-16, 2014, St. Michaels, Maryland
* Wild Card Fiber Retreat, featuring an array of Shetlands in 2014, November 10-13, 2014, Friday Harbor, Washington
For each retreat, participants arrive the evening before and depart the morning after.

For information on the Washington retreats (March and November), contact Deb directly, deb@drobson.info, with “Explore 4 Spring 2014” or “Wild Card Fall 2014” in the subject line.
For information on the Maryland retreat (September), organized by Blended Threads, visit the retreat announcement or contact bobbi@blendedthreadsworkshops.com.

April 5 – 6, 2014 – Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners, Waterloo, Iowa (a one-day rare breeds workshop and a couple of talks)
 
May 1 – May 5, 2014 – Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival  (a one-day Shetland workshop and a two-day 3Ls and 3Cs, with the three Leicesters and three Australian/NZ breeds), plus the two half-day barn walkabouts)

Dreaming of Shetland

Several designers, editors, tech editors and knitters got together last year and donated their creativity, time and money to publish Dreaming of Shetland. It is an e-book in seven sections (four have been released so far)  of knitting designs inspired by Shetland. All of the proceeds go to a fund to keep Deb doing her fiber and sheep research on the Shetland Islands. Deb talks about it here.

We have one copy of Dreaming in Shetland to giveaway, retail value $20.00.

Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Friday February 7th. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the e-book. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other spinners and knitters a chance.
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127 Responses to Spinning with Deb Robson and a Dreaming of Shetland Giveaway!

  1. Laura C says:

    Oh, I would love to read this book. I have lately been reading/learning a lot about fleece and how its properties affect the yarn made from it and its subsequent best uses. Thanks for the opportunity

  2. Maureen says:

    I adore sheep. I amso glad Deb is working to save these breeds.

  3. Megan says:

    So many lovely breeds to save

  4. Lisa Blampied says:

    I would love to learn from this beautiful book.

  5. Diane says:

    I would love to learn more about Shetland, this book looks very interesting.

  6. MmmYarn says:

    Mmm…fiber. My local library doesn’t carry this book; I’d love to read it!

  7. Bettina says:

    I’d love to see this book since I am dreaming of Shetland myself :-)

  8. What a wonderful book, and what wonderful work.

  9. Pam says:

    I love books and this sounds wonderful!

  10. Ginny says:

    I would be thrilled to win this book.

  11. Heidi Quist says:

    How fun, a contest I like! Would love the book.

  12. Doreen says:

    I am dreaming of going to Shetland – hopefully in August. Would love to win the book!

  13. Sheila says:

    I would love to have a copy of this!

  14. I would love a chance to win a copy of this book!

  15. Sharon M2 says:

    Please add my name to the drawing!

  16. Kylene says:

    I have a flock of Shetland sheep, and I’d love to win this!

  17. Laura says:

    I love Shetland! My very first raw fleece was an amazing single coated Katmoget colored lamb fleece. I have been hooked ever since.

  18. Karen says:

    What a beautiful book for a worthwhile cause

  19. Linda says:

    I always enter and haven’t won yet, but someone’s gotta win this one, and who knows? It might be me this time! Would LOVE to have the book!

  20. Diane Mountford says:

    I heard about this project last year and have loved the patterns I’ve seen … it would be great to get a copy for myself!

  21. Rose Kelly says:

    Thanks for the chance, would love to own copy!

  22. Megan Tischner says:

    How lovely! The page previews from the ebook are so pretty. I would love to win this!

  23. Karen Berger says:

    This ebook is a great way to help Deborah with a great cause.

  24. Molly Aplet says:

    That book is lovely.

  25. LisaRR says:

    Thanks for another amazing contest.
    It looks like a very interesting project. Your blog post will raise awareness!

  26. Mimi says:

    I’m a fairly new spinner and so far only spindle. I’m loving learning about these different sheep and other fiber breeds.

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