Author Barbara Parry

Adventures in Yarn Farming

I’m proud to announce the launch of my second book, Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons of a New England Fiber Farm. My days revolve around sheep, wool, fiber-craft, and stewardship of my 220-acre farm in western Massachusetts. My collection of essays walks the reader through life with sheep in all seasons and tales of the challenges and triumphs of farming.

I’m honored to include a selection of knitting patterns contributed by favorite designers Kate Gilbert, Christa Giles, Lisa Lloyd, Marnie MacLean and Melissa Morgan-Oakes. I’ve also included some of my own projects for hand-spinning, dyeing, weaving, and sewing.

Photographer Ben Barnhart captured the spirit of my farm in over 100 stunning photos. If you’ve ever fantasized about being a shepherd or dreamed of living in the hills, you’ll want to follow me on a journey through the life of a New England yarn farm in all seasons of the year.

Praise for Adventures in Yarn Farming:

Photos from Adventures in Yarn Farming“Barbara Parry offers a beautiful, vivid portrayal of life on a thriving fiber farm. Season by season, she presents a narrative that is dreamy yet concrete, inspiring yet informative, and always unblinkingly honest. A must-read for anyone who wants to better appreciate where their yarn comes from.”
~ Clara Parkes, author of The Yarn Whisperer

“Many of us wool enthusiasts daydream about someday owning a farm, raising sheep, harvesting yarn, and going back to the land. Follow Barbara Parry on a journey that teaches us all ‘about the intangible gains of . . . taking the long road.’”
~ Jared Flood, knitwear designer and owner of Brooklyn Tweed

“Parry’s skillful hand and gentle heart are the perfect blend to capture the joys and heartaches of farming in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.”
~ Linda Cortright, publisher of Wild Fibers magazine

“In my very first years of sheep farming—and the resulting shearing, spinning, and knitting that goes along with it—I found myself turning each page slowly, not wanting the education and camaraderie to end. But no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum—farmer, spinner, dyer, knitter, or weaver—you are sure to find inspiration, laughter, and joy in the farm tales that Barbara shares.”
~ Amanda Soule, author of The Rhythm of Family

Order the Book

Order a signed copy here – $33.95 ($27.95 + $6 shipping via priority mail). Please tell me exactly how you want the inscription to read.
There’s a place to put the inscription at the bottom of the PayPal order form.

Or you can purchase a copy from your local bookseller or from any of the following links.

From my publisher: Roost Books

From Amazon

From Barnes & Noble

From IndieBound


Watch the trailer for the book:

Adventures in Yarn Farming from Shambhala Publications on Vimeo.

Adventures in Yarn Farming makes its grand debut at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19 & 20. And then I hope you’ll join us at WEBS in Northampton, MA, on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 for a very special talk/slide show and book signing.