Dye’n to Get to Rhinebeck

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VSY - a special yarn of 50% Lamb's Wool and 50% First Clip Kid Mohair in sumptuous fall colors

A chill in the air, color on the trees, the clear skies of autumn signal one thing to fiber lovers – time is fast approaching for “Rhinebeck”.

The coolness of the season stirs the desire for warm woolens and other cozy garments made with nature’s finest offerings. A quick look to the outdoors is all the inspiration required for a full compliment of color sure to spark the creative genius in all of us. Farm-scapes abound with fading greens giving way to reds, golds, burnt orange.

The dye pot is steaming with all these colors providing a palate of autumn in an array of socks, yarns and roving. So many ideas to choose from to develop the perfect project for fall !

 

The Big “E” – We Won!

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Cormo fleece – bright white with a well defined crimp.

Each year thousands of people from the east coast and beyond flock to West Springfield Massachuesettes tp participate in The Eastern States Exposition commonly referred to as The Big “E”. This year the sheep flock at Buckwheat sent their shepherd northeast-ward to deliver some fleeces for the wool fleece competition at the show.
Now these boys are not the bragging kind – not at all. But…..well their fleeces did mighty well at the show and they deserve some kodos for the effort.

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Cuervo’s contribution – a beautiful Natural Colored fleece in warm taupe brown.
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The Supreme Champion – Celery’s Fleece

These fleeces are headed to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show and Sale in Rhinebeck, October 20 and 21. They’ll be for sale. Stop by and see them. Maybe take one home !

It’s Show Time

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool is just around the corner and we’ll be debuting some new yarn lines. We’ve spent the winter and early spring working on a number of really great yarns. Those of you coming to NH this weekend will get the first look. First up is our line of Natural Colored yarns.

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Natural Colored 100% Pure Lamb's Wool Skeins

Beautiful Natural Colored Lamb’s Wool in deep dark chocolate brown, light taupe gray brown, heathery charcoal gray and bright white. Sheared just a month ago and spun into a fresh, springy 2 ply yarn. Also coming along for the ride are two colors of a 50% first clip kid 50% lamb’s wool blend. These are  incredibly soft and supple yarns. Pictures really do not do them justice.

 

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Natural Colored First Clip Kid and Lamb's Wool in Deep Brown
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Natural Colored First Clip Kid and Lamb's Wool in Reddish Brown

These yarns are Complete Farm Products meaning that they are produced completely on our farm from the growing of the fiber to the skeining and labeling of the yarn. We’ll be posting photos of some other new yarn lines later this week. In the meantime, it’s back to packing for the show!

What’s Happening Around Here

Today we washed fiber, and dyed fiber and spun fiber. All good things. Some of today’s washed fiber became this beautiful plum color destined for roving at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival in a few weeks.

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Dyed lamb's fleece - plum

Another batch of fiber was dyed this very spring-y tones of green.

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Dyed lamb's fleece in spring green tones.

We’re also spinning a new 100% lamb’s wool yarn in two ply. Exceptionally soft. Great loft. Wonderful spring. It will remain a natural white and be skeined in  3 ounce 200 yard lengths making it suitable for DK or light worsted projects.

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Freshly spun and washed 100% Lamb's Wool 2 Ply

Tomorrow we’ll finish up the spin on this yarn, skein, label and pack it away for NH !

Shearing Days

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The spring harvest of sheep’s wool has started and we are more than pleased with the wonderful wool our sheep have been growing for the past year ! To date 100 ewes, ewe lambs and ram lambs have been sheared, their beautiful covered fleeces skirted and stashed away in our wool room. New friends Mariepaule and Arturo gave us a helping hand with the shearing joined by our shearer Jeff and farms workers Margot and Gleb. Now our task is to sort through our wool and decide which fleeces to use for our own yarn and roving and which to offer for sale. The first show of the season will be here soon — The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase at Clermont in April. We’ll have a number of our natural colored and white wool fleeces for sale as well yarn, roving and other Complete Farm Products™.