As someone who’s been known to home-brew, I probably shouldn’t cock an eyebrow at people who shear and spin their own wool for knitting:
Hand-spinning is growing in popularity, especially among young people, said Natasha Thoreson of the Minnesota Weavers Guild (www.weaversguildmn. com) in Minneapolis. “We have quite a few members who start with the sheep,” she said, but most take advantage of the sheep farms that also sell cleaned wool, as well as a growing number of yarn shops that now sell roving — bundles of wool that’s been washed clean of lanolin and combed smooth, ready for spinning.
Thoreson said the guild can’t offer enough spinning classes to meet the demand. In addition, two weaving groups meet monthly to spin together.
For me, of course, the next obvious stop would be making my own gyros and souvlaki.