The C-R-A-W-L !! Nov. 17-18th only

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Our booth display at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Fest - 2012

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!

Saturday and Sunday
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

 

 

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 !

 

A Skein, A Ball, A Swatch

The creation of “something”, anything,  from loops of string is something that still fascinates me. We’ve been working with fiber and yarn for quite a long time. Going to events where one can take time and appreciate the amazing ingenuity and skill of colleagues in the fiber world…..well that’s a real treat.

Most things constructed from yarn start out as a skein of yarn that the craftsman has carefully selected.

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Colorspun - Teal Multi

 

In our booth at fiber festivals shoppers examine one skein after the next in order to select just the right one. Some take them out into natural light, others are trying to match yarns for a project and have a collection of samples with them to compare and contrast.  Every parameter is considered.  All take  extraordinary care to find just the right color or texture or luster or “feel” for the particular item they are considering constructing.

A hand crafted item is a labor of love — love of process, love of fiber, love of the grandchild or friend for which the item is being constructed, love of craft.

In order to use the yarn from a skein, most folks wind the skein into a ball.

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This form allows for an easier “flow” of yarn during the making of the item. Winding yarn from skein to ball allows for time to get to know the yarn. The winder gets to see and feel every inch of the strand, planning as each part passes what the end result will be. Sometimes during this process of learning about the yarn,  plans change. Possibly the yarn has a bit more loftiness than was originally thought and might be better suited for another project. They are probably thinking about – trying to envision – the end result. Picture in the mind the supple drape of the fabric, the way the light will shimmer off of it, how the item will look on the wearer – – be it themselves or another.

Now that the ball is wound,  it is time for the swatch. This step is essential to the successful overall completion of the process – an item of intended size and use. Taking the time to make a swatch – a knitted sample – of the material will make all the difference between a garment that fits and functions as it should and one that is just not quite as expected. The stitches and rows of the swatch are counted and measured in order to check the gauge, or sizing, of the knitted sample.

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The stitch count is then referenced to the pattern and if all is in order the knitter may then begin the project confident that the days, weeks or sometimes months spent working to create something special will indeed have the desired effect !

A hand crafted item is a one of a kind thing. Wear your hand crafted treasure with pride in the knowledge of the skill, commitment and caring required to create it. There will never be another like it – ever.

See you all in New Hampshire this weekend.

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 !

Moo Dog at Buckwheat

Goats in Pen

Everybody’s lining up to see the new article about Buckwheat Bridge Angoras by Moo Dog Knits.

We met the folks from Moo Dog at a fiber festival last fall. Photographer Anders visited with us earlier this year. The result is a 3 part series about the farm. Check back from time to time for the next installment !