breed specific swatch along

Hey! the swatch along is off to a great start with the first breed’s email delivered Sunday October 1st and everyone opening their skeins and getting started. Next email will be delivered on Sunday October 8th.
We hope to offer this swatch along with all the same information sometime in the new year. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when it is available again.  
Participants: if you would like to create a pdf of your email do it from the archive version of the campaign by clicking view in browser > print option > save as pdf. Here is a link to more in depth instructions

Want to learn about different breeds of sheep and how their wool looks, feels and performs differently? The best way is by experiencing them first hand: knit, test and share in our first single breed swatch along. Working with four different types of wool: Fine wool (Targhee), Medium wool (Montadale), Primitive (Icelandic) and Longwool (Border Leicester) learn some breed history, what makes them special, the farms that raise them and what you might want to create with their wool.

Three of us are contributing information and our points of view. Together we will lead the swatch along:

  • Deborah Robson, co-author of the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, past editor of Spin-Off and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot magazines; advocate for rare-breed wools and currently leading Explore 4 retreats in Friday Harbor, Washington.
  • Gretchen Frederick, shepherd, dyer and founding partner of Solitude Wool and
  • Kathy Reed, new Solitude Wool partner and our Chief Knit Knut. Kathy is a certified knitting instructor and also raises cashmere goats and alpacas.


There are two choices on how to join in:

Free virtual swatch along
Receive all the emails and electronic files with ten swatch patterns (easy and advanced choices), score cards and knit notes. Follow or join in the Ravelry discussion threads to compare observations and experience with each yarn online

Swatch along knit kit
Includes emails and Ravelry discussion threads as in the virtual plus a skeinlet of Solitude Wool, all American yarn, from each breed. Also included is a cover to create your swatch reference,.

We will start on Sunday, October 1st studying one breed per week throughout October. 



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