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We’ll be open at our farm from 10am-6pm Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday. Mark your calendars for the annual fall Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl. Eighteen local farms and yarns shops throughout the Hudson Valley will be opening their doors to yarn and fiber enthusiasts the weekend of November 17th and 18th. A detailed map of participants can be found here: http://www.hudsonvalleyyarns.com/yarn_crawl.html
Our goal is to connect local fiber users with local fiber producers, meet some new friends and have a great time. Folks stopping by the farm will get a chance to see the sheep and goats plus the mill where all the processing takes place. We’ll be happy to explain all the in’s and out’s of what it takes to make that fine wool or kid mohair fleece into roving, yarn – – or even socks!
Check back for updates as the date approaches! Looking forward to seeing everyone –
SPECIAL THANKS TO KIRK and ARLENE for ALL THE ORGANIZING!
NOVEMBER 17TH & 18TH
Participating shops and farms
- Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson, 10-4 Saturday and Sunday
- Buckwheat Bridge Angoras, Elizaville, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4
- Clay, Wood & Cotton, Beacon 11-6:30 Saturday and Sunday
- Cornwall Yarn Shop, Cornwall, Saturday 11-3 and Sunday 9-1
- Countrywool, Hudson Saturday 10-2, Sunday 12-4
- Fabulous Yarn, Tivoli 10-7pm Saturday and Sunday
- Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Co., Red Hook 10-4 Saturday and Sunday
- Midnight Merinos Wool Loft, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4
- Out of the Loop, Hopewell Junction, Saturday 10-6, Sunday12-4
- The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop, Saugerties, Saturday 10-6 Sunday 12-5
- Pinewoods Farm Wool Shop, Saugerties, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4
- Scarecrow Farm, Hollowville, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4
- So Many Roads Boutique, Saugerties, Saturday and Sunday 11-6
- Spruce Ridge Farm, Old Chatham, Saturday and Sunday 10-4
- The Knitting Garage at Stickles, Rhinebeck, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4
- The Warm Ewe, Chatham, Saturday 10-5 – Sunday Closed
- Year Round Yarn, Valatie, Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 12-3
- White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5
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™.
Spinners tell us our roving is a delight to spin. Kid mohair and Cormo combined are the reason. Soft and silky. Our multicolored rovings are dyed in the wool, then carded to produce fiber that glides through your fingers with ease. See all of our roving colors at our first show of the year, The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase, Saturday April 21st at Clermont State Park.
We’ve been spending a lot of time this summer trying to catch-up with fiber processing. While the unusually wet weather has put the kabosh on outside farm work, the cooler temperatures make for a good opportunity to get a jump on getting things ready for the fall fiber shows.
This is a batch of kid mohair that I’ve dyed in anticipation of a roving colorway. Roving kind of takes on the colors of the fiber that comes out of the dye pot in our mill. It seems that no matter what color I “plan” on, the fiber takes up different color components of the dye bath at different rates. This is actually a good thing for me because it provides endless possibilities for combining color. It makes many colorways unrepeatable though making it all the more important for us to encourage customers to get the quantity they need at the time they are purchasing roving ( or yarn for that matter. ) This is one of the many pluses, but also one of the minuses ( for some ) of small batch dying.