2013 Spring Yarn Crawl 3/23 and 3/24!

March 23, 24, 2013
March 23, 24, 2013
Spring 2013 Yarn Crawl Hudson Valley
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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 Spring Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl.

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!

View Yarn Crawl March 2013 in a larger map

Participating shops and farms

Blackberry Hill Farm, 156 Bells Pond Road, Hudson (Columbia County), 518-851-7661, www.blackberryhillfarm.org, Saturday 10-4:00, Sunday 10-3:00. Charming Family Farm featuring Cormo sheep and Llamas and their yarns, wool roving, fiber art, maple syrup and the nicest herbal Healing Salve you can get. New this year: Cormo lamb roving and a lovely cormo/llama/alpaca yarn.

Black Sheep Yarns, 12 Old Barn Rd. (Main Street behind House of Books), Kent, CT, 860-927-3808, www.blacksheepyarnsct.com/, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11:30-5. Charming spacious shop for shopping and classes.  Divine collections of yarn to choose from. Hear Nancy talk all about the fiber arts on her public radio spot podcast link through website.

Black Sheep Hill Farm, 1891 County Route 83, Pine Plains, NY 12567, 518-771-3069www.blackksheephill.com.  Raising Heritage breed Black Welsh Mountain sheep- sheepskins, wool available. Charming shop in old RR building moved to site selling vegetables, eggs, meats as available.  Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm each day.

Buckwheat Bridge Angoras, 111 Kozlowski Road, Elizaville (Columbia County), 518-320-5066, www.bwbagoats.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00. The babies are here!  Lambs and goat kids are on this completely eco-friendly woolen mill and fiber farm run totally on wind and solar power. Raising cormo sheep and angora goats and selling sheepskins, roving for spinning, full fleeces, their own wool dyed and processed on the farm.  Don’t miss their ‘must have’ mohair socks which indescribably caress the feet.

Clay Wood & Cotton, 133 Main St., Beacon, NY. 845-481-0149. www.claywoodandcotton.com, Saturday and Sunday 11-6:30. Adorable shop selling lovely yarns and array of arts, crafts, stationery and handmade jewelry.

Cornwall Yarn Shop, Ltd., 227 Main St., Cornwall, NY 12518, 845-534-0383, www.cornwallyarnshop.com, Saturday 11-3, Sunday – morning only (call to confirm).  Delightful shop in historic Cornwall on the Hudson featuring everything for knit, crochet, weaving and sewers.  Full schedule of classes for those who want to learn something new. Always a pleasant place to be.

Countrywool, 59 Spring Road, Hudson (Columbia County), 518-828-4554, www.countrywool.com, Sunday 10-3.  Leave the world outside and travel down an unpaved country lane to discover this most delightful yarn shop  powered by the SUN.  Claudia gives workshops in knitting and spinning and features knitting retreats. Check website for the newsletter and calendar.  She features a complete line of wonderful yarns, a wall of patterns and knitting and spinning needs, spinning wheels and bunny fleece from her angora rabbits.

Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Co., 190 Yantz Road, Red Hook (Dutchess County), 845-758-3130, www.hudsonvalleysheepandwoolco.com, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4. Super Sale for Yarn Crawlers! 20 % off everything in the shop (Except books). Come see a working woolen mill and sheep farm raising shetlands and icelandic sheep.  The shop features their own yarns, felting needs and felt, drop spindles, and plenty of commercial yarns, books and patterns.

Midnight Merinos Wool Loft, 23 East Market Street, Red Hook (Dutchess County), 845-702-4770, www.travermidnightmerinos.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00.  Find this interesting shop upstairs in an old time movie theatre turned antique’s mall.  Always eclectic surprises as well as their own wool and yarns.

Nancy’s Spinning Fancies, 321 Main St. (behind Canterbury Inn), Cornwall, NY, 845-534-8355, www.3crazyfriends.com, Call for hours. Charming little spinning shop located in Cornwall.  Spinning wheels and needs, felting and an array of country gifts.  Open Saturday 11-3.

Out Of The Loop, 2593 Rt 52 Taconic Plaza, Hopewell Junction (Dutchess County), 845-223-8355, www.outoftheloopyarnshop.com Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4.  Gorgeous yarns and great classes to help you put them together at this well stocked shop.  Everything for the savvy knitter.

The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop, 50 Market Street, Saugerties (Ulster County), 845-246-2876, www.yarnandteashop.com, For Early Birds Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4.  You’ll find beautiful yarns, needles, notions, tea products, and lots of inspiration in this warm and friendly shop located in the village of Saugerties.  We welcome our customers with a tea sampling everyday.  For the yarn crawlers we will have some extra goodies, door prizes, and Mariepaule will be visiting us to spin from her French angora rabbits.  Stop by for your perfect blend of yarn and/or tea!

Pinewoods Farm Wool Shop, 71 Phillips Road, Saugerties (Ulster County), 845-246-2203, www.pinewoodsfarmwoolshop.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00.  Find this fairytale shop and you will return often.  Solace and charm surround the cottage store which features knitting, weaving, spinning and rug hooking needs, classes and knit and spin meet ups.

Sheepy Valley Farms, 191 County Road 360, Medusa (Greene County), NY, 518-239-6238 www.sheepyvalley.com. Saturday 11-3, Sunday 11-3.  A delightful trip to the Catskills and you’ll find this family farm with lots of sheep to see.  They have yarns and wool batting, wool filled comforters, their own honey and beeswax products, awesome patterns and a load of country charm. Visit at NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Oct 19 & 20, Bldg 31, Booth 28.

Spruce Ridge Farm, 434 County Route 13, Old Chatham (Columbia County), 518-794-6294, www.spruceridgefarm.com, spruceridgefarm@aol.com, Saturday 10-4:00, Sunday 10-4:00. Okay-this is a must visit farm.  The drive is lovely and the farm is gorgeous. Beautiful Alpacas in a bucolic setting.  Lots of other farm animals to see. Shop sells a lovely array of alpaca wool and apparel.  The best Alpaca teddies for cuddling!

The Knitting Garage at STICKLES, 13 East Market Street, Rhinebeck (Dutchess County), 845-876-3206, www.alstickle.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00 The fun is getting to the Garage! You need to walk through the old time 5 & 10 cents type store to the garage in back.  You won’t believe the things you’ll find that you never knew you couldn’t live without.  The yarns in the shop are just lovely and abundant.   They leave out sample yarn started on needles to try-what fun! Right in downtown Rhinebeck.

The Warm Ewe, 31 Main Street, Chatham (Columbia County), 518-392-2929, www.warmewe.com, Saturday 10-5:00, Sunday 10-4:00. Charming storefront shop right in downtown Chatham. Fully stocked with yarns, patterns and must needs for fiber artists.  My favorite for buttons and beads!

White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool, 815 Albany Post Road, New Paltz (Ulster County), 914-456-6040,  www.whitebarnsheepandwool.com, Saturday 10–6, Sunday 12-5.  Charming farm with Cormo sheep and their wool. The Lambs are coming! Freshly sheared Cormo and California Red fleeces available as well as a bunch of yarn crawl specials. A full array of yarns and supplies, great classes and a don’t-want-to-leave-this-place atmosphere makes the trip worthwhile.

AND for those who want to VIRTUAL CRAWL check out our local online shops:

Nancy Broe Studios, Weaving, Ancramdale, NY  www.broestudio.intuitwebsites.com-fine weaving designer, beautiful woven articles for purchase. email: nbroe@taconic.net

The Roving Shop for Spinners at Separate Road Farm, Amenia, NY; www.separateroadfarm.com.  Fine wool roving grown on Dutchess County Farm. BFL, Cormo, Romney, Border Leicester.  email: separateroadfarm@gmail.com.  Visit me, Arlene Pettersson, at The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Festival, Clermont Historic Site, Clermont,NY on April 20, 11-4pm. 914 474 7937.

Into the Whirled, Ulster County, NY; www.intothewhirled.com.  Exquisitely and artistically dyed roving, batts, yarns.  Colors so delicious you can eat them! You can see them in person at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 4 & 5, Booth Location Main Bldg-B16 and NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Oct 19 & 20, Rhinebeck, Bldg C, Booth C38, 39.

Our NEW online store is open + YARN CRAWL specials

Hi everyone,

NEW SHOP!

We’re trying a new online marketplace tool to sell our goods. If you came away from our booth at the Sheep and Wool Festival with a coupon, you can use them there. We look forward to fulfilling your orders for our super fine kid mohair Very Special Yarn, socks and blankets. http://bwbagoats.myshopify.com

YARN CRAWL

Nov. 17-18th, we’re excited to host our region’s fiber art lovers for the Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl. There’s no sign-up process for the Yarn Crawl, but there is a map on the organizer’s site. Drop a note if you can, so we know roughly when to expect you.

YARN CRAWL FARM OPEN HOURS: 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.

There’s also info on the Ravelry Group, but the map and website tell it all: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/hudson-valley-yarn-crawl

In other news, we’ve bred the goats a few weeks ago, and just finished breeding the sheep. All’s healthy, no mishaps with predators at all, thanks to our fantastic Maremma work dogs. The windmill is asking for another Sandy… no damage there.

Come by and visit next weekend, Nov 17-18th.

Roving

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.

From the Dye Pot


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.