Here’s a sneak peak of the newly ready shop space for all those on the yarn crawl. Fresh baked cookies and brownies await visitors to the farm. The mill will be open for those interested in seeing the equipment. An all important rest room is also available at this stop on the crawl.
There’s lots of yarn, roving, and fleece to be had. And some interesting things to see.
We’ll also have lamb and goat meat available for purchase as well as sheep and goat hides.
Bring along a friend – – ride share, car pool. So far the weather forecast is for a cool, crisp clear autumn day. Great for drive.
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
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.
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.
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
With Rhinebeck only a few short weeks away work at the mill has been centered on preparing for the frenzied weekend of all things fiber.
Meet SOCK !
The newest in our line of Complete Farm products, SOCK is a 3 ply yarn spun specifically for….. well sock knitting. And guess what — no nylon. That’s right 100% pure natural fiber that’s spun just right to withstand the wear and tear socks are accustomed to receiving. We’ve learned, however, that it is equally great for inkle loom weaving and other uses as well.
Available in multi and solid color 420 yard skeins. See all our SOCK colors at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival October 20 and 21 in Rhinebeck.
Free North Sea sock pattern with purchase of SOCK!
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 !
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.
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 !