Sweetgrass

August 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Whether you’re a knitter, a crocheter, a weaver, a felter or in textiles, we all have something in common – fiber.

Fiber can come from many sources, but today we’re talking about wool. Wool comes from sheep, but do you ever think about the journey the fiber took to get from the sheep into your hands in its refined state? What about the sheep themselves?

If you’re a lover of fibers, you have to check out the film “Sweetgrass.” This unsentimental elegy to the American West follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, it’s available on instant watch.

This 120-minute documentary has earned worldwide buzz and rightly so. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, but grab your knitting and a bowl of popcorn and settle in to watch. There are many screenings across the country, so look here to see if one is in your area. It must be even more beautiful on the silver screen.

Watch the trailer here:

Better yet, arrange a movie night with your knitting or crochet group!

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