2016 Navajo Wool Buy

The car thermometer said that it was 119 degrees this morning when we started the Tuba City wool buy around 8:00 am. I was up at 4 for breakfast and as I put on my sweater it was hard to believe that this heat was around the corner. We were coming to the end of an eight day adventure that took us through New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, the high desert territory of the Navajo Nation.

We had a good turnout but no records were broken. This year I spent my time, walking down the line of pickup trucks loaded with wool, directing traffic and spending some well needed time with the ranch families, trying to better understand what keeps them going. Every truck answered my ‘ee ya’tee pine’   with a broad smile and a hand shake. And this day at Tuba City was no exception. I was so touched by their openness that I passed up lunch and a rest in the shade and collapsed in the shower when we returned to the motel.

I slept for an hour with the AC on high, then just laid there on my back staring at my cowboy hat on the shelf over the TV. Something kept bringing my mind back to my own childhood summers. Maybe it was the heat. I remembered the days I spent underwater in the Atlantic Ocean, my dad floating on top in one of his see thru bottom boats, making sure I surfaced occasionally. I remembered the cold of the deep water and then the heat of the sun on my back as I surfaced and kicked myself along, refilling my lungs with air. I remembered swimming down the rocky coast past the million dollar homes looking down at me. Soon I would swim into the beach of our own fourteen room home where water was boiling on our kitchen stove, ready to cook the lobsters I carried in my net bag.

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Cashgora Yarn

In January 2016 four women from Tajikistan arrived in the United States, a few blocks from Times Square no less. They came to learn about the American yarn market at the Vogue Knitting Show. Oigul, Tuluikhon, Jonnamo and Shahlo are hand spinners and produce beautifully even, soft and luxurious yarn made from the Cashgora goats that they raise and comb the down fleece from.

We are pleased to offer their Cashgora yarn to you now. 70% of the proceeds will go back to the project which pays the women a fair wage.

Click here to read more and buy yarn.

Cashgora Cowl knit by Maureen O'Doogan

Cashgora Cowl knit by Maureen O'Doogan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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