Navajo activist Roberto Nutlouis has been asking big questions: Can the tribe transition away from a fossil fuel–based economy? How can members of the tribe maintain their pastoralism? If their traditional lifeways were built on a reverence for the environment and all living beings, how can they honor that reverence and still participate in the […]

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American Wool Wins for U.S. Olympians

During the closing ceremony of the Winter Games on Feb. 25, the U.S. athletes will once again parade through South Korea’s PyeongChang Olympic Stadium wearing sweaters and accessories made from what began as 25,000 pounds of U.S.-grown raw wool from the Imperial Stock Ranch near Shaniko, Oregon, and other growers in the American West. Produced […]

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Can a Teal Cowl Heal Hatred in America?

On August 12, three blocks from Magpie Knits in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when a white nationalist plowed his car into a crowd of people who were there to protest the Unite the Right rally going on that day. Later, two state troopers who had been […]

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Is This the Oldest Knitter in the World?

The assignment came in my Inbox: Write a blog post about the oldest knitter in the world. The idea is intriguing. With all the news about knitting being so mentally and physically healthy, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a connection between knitting and longevity? According to the Pew Research Center, in 2015 there […]

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Prêt-è-Mouton: Imperial Stock Ranch

On the phone, Jeanne Carver is a torrent of energy and words—and breathless, having just run in from ministering to the sweet-faced Columbia sheep she and her husband, Dan, raise at Imperial Stock Ranch (ISR) in Oregon’s high desert. “My chores were really delayed,” she says. “The animals were like, ‘Where have you been?’” But […]

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