Spinning with Deb Robson and a Dreaming of Shetland Giveaway!
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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com