Last month I visited a wind and solar-power fiber farm upstate near Rhinebeck, NY where they raise sheep and goats to convert their fleece into beautiful yarns.
I'm not completely naive about the processing of wool fiber, I knew it was a lot more involved than say cotton or linen, but I don't think I realized how much more until I saw every step of the process executed on this relatively small family-owned operation. And I mean everything, from the birth of a baby lamb right in front of our eyes to the cleaning, carding, processing, spinning and dyeing, the farmers do it ALL themselves! It gave the importance of working locally a whole new meaning.
More on this visit later, and there will be a follow up to this post in two weeks when I visit a very old knitting community... can you guess where?