Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm Finn

Have you heard about Clara Parkes' forthcoming book, The Knitter's Book of Wool? I can't wait to read it. Her first book, The Knitter's Book of Yarn, was riveting. I received it as a Christmas gift in 2007 and I consider it the catalyst that started me down the road to spinning. It was just so interesting that I wanted to make my own yarn. Now that I'm spinning, I'm paying more attention to sheep breeds, and her next book couldn't be more timely. It won't come out until October, though.

In the meantime, entertain yourself by taking the Which Ewe Are You? quiz. I'm Finn!

What does this mean?

"Their larger fiber diameter make these wools slightly stronger than finewools yet still comfortably wearable. They like to be used in durable everyday sweaters as well as mittens, mitts, hats, socks, and the like." --Clara Parkes, The Knitter's Book of Wool

Finns resilient nature makes them practical and straight-forward, a quality these mediumwools balance with curiosity and a zest for life. Fastidious in personal appearance and reliable, Finns stay true to their flock and make loyal friends.

I'm not sure if that last paragraph is about actual Finnsheep or people who align with Finns. What do you think?

I bought some Finn/mohair roving at MDSW last month, specifically to spin sock yarn. Maybe I really am a Finn!


  1. I'm Shropshire, for what it's worth. I need to read both of these books. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Hey, I am Shropshire too! Maybe it is the aran knitting that Steven and I both love.

  3. I'm a Finn, too! I spun some Finn top up last year and loved its spronginess.