From Sheep to Scarf: knitting and fiber production

sheep to scarf
Clare Fischer
Kelly Vikstrom-Hoyt

This project week will explore and experience the path of natural fiber from the animal (either sheep or alpaca) all the way to creating a finished knit item.

If we had a month to do this, we would shear a sheep, clean, card, dye and spin the wool and then knit it into an object. Since we have only a week, we will do all these things, but as separate projects. 

Students will: 

  • Visit a farm with fiber producing animals (likely sheep or alpaca)
  • Visit a local yarn shop to buy supplies
  • Learn from experienced artisans who process and work with natural fibers
  • Clean, card, spin and dye fiber to create finished yarn.
  • Complete a knit project (any experience level - never knit to expert).
Special Considerations

We plan to work with natural fibers such as alpaca and wool and interact with animals. This would be challenging for anyone with allergies to alpaca or sheep wool or mobility issues. 

Participants must be willing to follow COVID guidelines.  If a participant, experiences any overlapping CDC symptoms of COVID during the project, the student will be isolated, and the student’s family will be required to pick up at their current location.  The family will bear all the costs associated with student pick-up. CDC's possible symptoms of COVID can be found here.

By selecting the above project(s,) you and your family are accepting the financial responsibility for the cost of the projects.  This includes any unrecoverable expenses incurred if Overlake, or any federal, state or local government forces cancelation of the project, or if you or your family decide not to attend, or your student becomes symptomatic and has to be isolated. 

Project Week (2022-23)

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023


Chrissy Wakeling
Assistant Director of Experiential Education