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February 7, 2002

If I weren't so in love with Maine, I'd pack my bags and head to New Hampshire in a heartbeat -- preferrably to a place that borders a major track of power lines.

Nature's Lawn Mowers

Let me explain. The Public Service of New Hampshire has taken an enlightened, eco-friendly approach to controlling vegetation along the state's transmission power line rights of way. Instead of using noisy, heavy, fuel-guzzling machinery, they let a herd of sheep do the trick.

The Grazing Power Project was begun in 1998. Today, Vermont's Green Mountain Spinnery takes the fleece from these living weedeaters and transforms it into a plush, environmentally friendly yarn, which I review this week.

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This week we're discussing knitterly insomnia. If you've ever thought to yourself, "I'll just knit one more row before bedtime," you'll want to join the discussion.

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Join us for the 28th annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Browse more than 260 vendors. You'll also find demonstrations, competitions, exhibits, auctions, and concerts. As always, admission is free.

May 4 & 5, 2002 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland.

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New This Week...
Granite State Green

Granite State GreenGranite State Green
To us, sheep are spirited little fiber factories. To the Public Service of New Hampshire, however, they serve as living lawn mowers, controlling vegetation along the state's major power lines. Their fleece is transformed by Green Mountain Spinnery into this delicious, ecologically friendly yarn.

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