Socking Up For Winter Challenge

A Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Challenge

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In this course, you'll learn to knit or crochet socks with rare breed wool listed on The Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List.

This course includes

  • 6 recorded Facebook Live sessions with Deb Robson (all 20-30 minutes on helpful topics with a Q&A session at the end). Sessions include best breeds to use, yarn weights, types of needles, patterning and elasticity, construction of heels and toes, and Ask Me Anything.
  • 5+ patterns for beginners
  • Recommended YouTube videos, websites and books about needles and sock construction

Thank you for supporting the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative and those who raise rare breed sheep and make products from their fiber! Your support helps save heritage breed sheep from extinction.

Learn more about the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative at

Your Instructor

Deborah Robson
Deborah Robson

Deborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and of The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius. For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners.

At Interweave she initiated the Save the Sheep project and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of The Livestock Conservancy (then the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy).

Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between fiber animals and humans, in one project using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved, and she is publishing monographs on fiber-related topics. Her website is

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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