Barb French of Bozeman, Montana was a town kid, but always a wanna-be farmer. She's now grateful that she can live vicariously through her friends who raise the actual sheep, goats, alpacas, etc., as animals can be messy, and a heckuva lot of work. Barb sticks to her own obsessions which include knitting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, hoarding wool for potential future projects, designing stuff, teaching fiber arts to others...you get the picture. She's hard core. Barb has had her hands in a wide array of fiber enterprises, having travelled the West attending fiber shows and workshops, as well as having owned and worked in yarn shops in Bozeman. Here is her blog about her all-time favorite wool: Thirteen Mile..... Enjoy!

Somebody pinch me…

Somebody pinch me…
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It’s possible that I’m dreaming. Or perhaps I’ve died just a little bit and gone to heaven. As I share with you some photos of a recent workday, I think you’ll see what I mean. The morning commute:   Arriving at the office:   Greeting one of the foremen: Cubicle, sweet cubicle…. Break time: Schmoozing Read the full article…


Cheese, wine and knitting

Cheese, wine and knitting
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It’s always so glorious when my best friend comes to visit and we are able to indulge our most favorite pursuits: eating cheese, drinking wine, and knitting with Thirteen Mile yarn. Seriously, does life get any better than that? My friend Marie Anne is descended from a long line of Swiss cheese makers. Therefore she Read the full article…


New Year – New Hat

New Year - New Hat
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  After being meticulously test-knitted, edited and proofread, my Stripes Hat pattern is ready for your knitting pleasure!  I’m happy with the simplicity of the design, both for the knitting and the wearing.  My proto-types have received many compliments, so I feel confident in recommending them!  Knit them for yourself, family and friends in Thirteen Read the full article…


Farewell to 2013

Farewell to 2013
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I love the year end with its built-in opportunities to reflect on life and its myriad ups and downs. I know I’ve seen a lot of changes in the past year, and I’m enjoying taking stock, sorting out my feelings about it all, figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, and Read the full article…


Color Theory

Color Theory
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My Theory, and I do have one…   Years ago when I first became interested in natural plant dyes, I noticed how all of the colors looked so beautiful together.  It seemed impossible to find colors that “clashed” and all the colors seemed to enhance one another, just like in nature.  How many times have Read the full article…


Tweaking the Beanies

Tweaking the Beanies
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I’ve really enjoyed working on my Thirteen Mile Worsted-weight striped beanies.  Now to tweak them just a bit.  I have a couple of small changes in mind and then, once I finish writing up the pattern, they will be ready for prime time.  I love the simple, two row stripes.  Beginner knitters are always amazed Read the full article…


Autumn Leaves or Mountain Moguls?

Autumn Leaves or Mountain Moguls?
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I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that I’m almost finished knitting my Autumn Leaves shawl.  The bad news is that I’m almost finished knitting my Autumn Leaves shawl.  I don’t want this project to end!  It’s been my zen knitting all summer since I found the poor thing Read the full article…


Finishing and Starting…

Finishing and Starting...
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Done! Just in the nick of time for the arrival of cooler weather, my Autumn Leaves shawl and I are ready.  Here’s a pic: Next, I want to design his and her beanies from Thirteen Mile Worsted, and a super-colorful scarf from the Sportweight. That should keep me out of trouble for a bit…. Oh, I Read the full article…


Knitting Autumn Leaves:

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Recently, while rummaging through my UFO’s (unfinished objects), I unearthed a project I’d forgotten all about.  Oh yeah, I thought, oh yeah!  My Autumn Leaves Stole (designed by Jared Flood) in Thirteen Mile Yarn!   I’d started on this pattern about one year ago and then life got extremely hectic.  But I had about 14” done Read the full article…


A Visit to Thirteen Mile in July

A Visit to Thirteen Mile in July
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I head north out of Bozeman and am soon skimming along the base of the Bridger Mountains on Springhill Road.  I adore this end of the valley, where spring does indeed come much earlier as all of the fertile fields and farms attest.  I take in the greenery, the old barns, the endless Montana skies Read the full article…