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We have a joke in the office that I look for reasons to put a cute goat photo anywhere there’s space in the magazine. Roger Sawley’s Australian Heritage Angora goat Maple is so adorable—how could I resist? (Read about this unusual breed on page 50.)
In the Natural Fibers issue, it’s hardly a challenge to find a reason for some gratuitous goat! A lot of us suburban and city-dwelling spinners may not get a regular fix of fiber on the hoof (or paw or pad), so it’s important to be reminded of where the good stuff comes from now and then.
This fall I’ve had a chance to visit with some fiber beasts. So far I’ve resisted bringing any of them to my home, but I haven’t been so lucky with fleeces! It’s easy to be overcome by wool fumes.
So I’m living vicariously through fiber producers around the world, from Jill Graham’s Cashmere goats to Kate Larson’s sweet Border Leicesters. And lest we forget the plant kingdom, this issue has a number of features on cotton.

Happy spinning,

 

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