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Posted 1/19/2014 3:07pm by Eugene Wyatt.

The weather was as the weather was, not unlike the forecast and not like it either—but which forecast is forever the question. Despite the percipitation the day was good—all in all—I spent the morning during the inclement moments at Vogue Knitting Live at the Marriot Marquis in a lecture by Clara Parkes: Journey Inside the Great White Bale (a 676 lb. bale of my 18.2 micron Saxon Merino wool). Clara was good and entertaining as always; in her talk she well-proved her honorary title of The Good Wool Ambassador.

By the time I got back to Union Square; after being mesmerized—if not stunned—by the immense, quietly-screaming wallpaper lights of Times Square that amazingly mute the traffic noise around you; the sun was welcoming as it dimly shone through the clouds, so familiar and human sized it was.

Posted 1/14/2014 1:33pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Lecture: Journey Inside the Great White Bale with Clara Parkes; Saturday January 18th, 10:30 to 11:30

At Vogue Knitting Live New York

"For the past year, Clara Parkes has been on a unique adventure with a 676-pound bale of scoured superfine Saxon Merino. Her mission? To discover what it takes to make yarn in this country today—who's still doing it, where, and with what kinds of equipment. The bigger mission has been to shed light on the challenges and opportunities and show just how many hands touch a single skein of yarn before it ever reaches you. In this talk, she shares the story of her Great White Bale. You'll meet the sheep and their shearers, watch wool get scoured and spun, and have a chance to touch the finished results."