Ties to Tasmania: Part 1

I have been reading about multiple American spinning groups with connections to Tasmania, so I took the pocket atlas off the shelf to confirm its location. Tasmania is an island off the southeast coast of Australia near the Tasman Sea, separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. Susan Prince of the Foothill Fibers Guild (California) and her husband visited Tasmania last year. They stayed at the Man O' Ross historic wooden hotel in Ross, a small town north of Hobart. The Tasmanian Wool Centre just a block down the street serves as a museum for the Tasmanian woolen industry. The Centre is also an outlet for Tasmanian woolen goods, including handmade items by local weavers and knitters. Exhibits use staple lengths to document the history of wool in Tasmania and also feature a prize Merino fleece with a micron count of 16.5. Films on sheep husbandry and wool marketing give a glimpse of how the early settlers lived on ranches.

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