This winter we’ve been busy in the mill spinning yarn. Last year’s show schedule left the coffers low and what better time of the year to spend indoors working with wonderful fiber. We’ve been brainstorming on a couple of new items to add to the collection of fine wool and mohair yarns we offer. One is a sock yarn — a yarn designed specifically for knitting or crocheting socks. It is a 70% kid mohair-30% fine wool blend in 3 ply. Fleeces to include in this yarn were selected for a staple length of 4-5 inches to add strength to the yarn. Combine that with a high percentage of mohair and 3 ply – this is a sock yarn that will be a pleasure to knit with, carry a pattern or texture with ease and produce socks that will be on everyone’s wish list. We’ll be debuting this yarn at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival in May.
Word to the Wise: The best selection of yarn is always at the festivals and shows. Our online catalog only showcases a select few yarns and other products. Come visit us at a market, show or festival!
So, as we mentioned the other day – we have this windmill. Here it is on the perimeter of one of our pastures. These boys really do not seems too taken with the thing, They are much more interested in the photographer standing right next to their feed troughs.
People have asked us if the windmill is loud. I can assure you it is not. If the wind is blowing with enough force to cause the turbine to generate electricity all you hear is the sound of the wind – no turbine noise at all.
When the idea of the windmill being erected on our farm was brought into the public domain – which was only necessitated by the local zoning rules restricting the height of the windmill to 100 feet – by our application for an area variance, some neighbors closed ranks, passed a petition, contacted newspapers and government offices and did most everything they could think of to stymie the effort. A number of those neighbors have since stated that ” it’s not nearly as bad as we thought” and “it’s not that big”. Not a resounding endorsement but none-the-less possibly an acknowledgment that maybe they really had not gathered all the info necessary to evaluate the project before establishing a stance “against”. It’s important to mention this because …unless more of us take a serious look at “alternatives” we may find ourselves in quite a mess here on planet Earth in a few year’s time. And that’s about as political as I intend to get.
Buckwheat Bridge Angoras is now, most likely, the only farm in the USA that grows and processes all it’s own animal fiber using exclusively solar and wind produced alternative energy. I think that goat just might be smiling !