Temple Grandin Explains It All for Us

By Ann Shayne
February 12, 2019

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  • I tried and failed to buy some. It is a wonderful story though. Thanks for letting us know.

  • I can’t wait to receive this very special yarn. I’ve rationalized my impulse purchase last Saturday by telling myself it was all for the per skein donation to the Livestock Conservancy, but I am not fooling anyone, least of all myself.

  • I missed out, too. Dr. Grandin has made animal studies her life’s work. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak in graduate school. Indeed we need to conserve these rare breeds. Thank you for the interesting article.

  • Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and for donating to this worthy cause! (And you know how much I love Temple.)

  • I missed out on the yarn but feel better knowing that it sold out in minutes (I looked really early and ithe first batch was gone and I was volunteering at the zoo when the second wave was going live). I am thinking of doing the Livestock Conservancy’s Shave Em to Save Em challenge. Anyone want to join me? Maybe the shop could be a source for this?

    • I’m in! I just learned about, and joined, Shave ’em to Save ’em last weekend. What a worthy cause! I can’t wait to touch/knit yarn from these heritage breeds.

  • What a lovely story. So great to hear of those who protect the animal kingdom. It is so important and I thank God there are those who do.

  • Lovers of Santa Cruz may also be interested in The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ‘Em To Save ‘Em passport activity: https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/SE2

    • Hooray! I was just going to post this same link.

  • This is all so fascinating. Thank you, MDK and Backyard Fiberworks for your part in bringing this story to us and for donating to the cause. I wasn’t able to get any of the yarn, but really enjoyed learning about this.

  • What a fantastic educator Temple Grandin has been. How serendipitous that my admiration for her work intersects with my interest in yarns and knitting. Best wishes to those who were lucky enough to purchase those coveted skeins. Thanks MDK for posting about Livestock Conservancy.

  • I read Snippets on Saturday and missed out on the offer too. Liked the interview with Mike Kearney. It’s great that he was able to get ahold of a herd from Oregon, now introducing some West coast sheep to the East coast herds. Exciting! Keep those lambs comin’

  • Since I missed the boat, am curious how much they sold for. TIA!

  • Thanks for the clip. It’s good to be reminded Dr Gradin doesn’t look like Claire Danes!

  • I am so proud I am involved in theeir spinning program.

  • Family events got in the way of my hope to grab some, but it is a great story, and hopefully there will be more in years to come!

  • Excellent story, excellent pictures of beautiful sheep! Congrats to the lucky folks who got a skein, and so glad to hear of this worthwhile donation.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this very special story. Santa Cruz Island sheep have come close to extinction a couple of times. They survive and grow thanks to very special shepherds like Mike & Marcus. Amazingly talented fiber magicians like Alice, #GreenMountain Spinnery, #Mason-DixonKnitting, and each of you who are having fun with this wool are essential to Mike, Marcus, and all shepherds who raise rare-breed sheep. You bring me great joy.

    See these sheep in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UfQWWhkefc