I’m a Yarn Tease
So we raise sheep. We shear the sheep. Our shearer Drew says, “This wool ain’t worth much.” We like Drew. We believe Drew. Drew knows a great deal about sheep and wool.
But our dear friend Drew isn’t a spinner or a knitter (at least not that we know of), so he must be forgiven for not knowing that our wool is actually very good for spinning and knitting. We sold some yarn and roving made from it a few years ago, then had more spun into yarn this year.
Our friend Kathy knit with it, and raved about its softness, even though there isn’t a speck of Merino or alpaca or angora in it. She said it makes great cables, which will mean something to those of you who knit, and not much to non-knitters, or to knitters like myself too cowardly to try cables. She showed it to a friend who designs patterns for Vogue and teaches knitting, and Annie thought it had great ‘spring’ and immediately took some home with her.
It’s been interesting, as shepherds, to begin paying more attention to what happens to the fleeces once our sheep are done with them.
And now we’ve hooked up with a great hand-dyer, and she’s happily dipping our yarn in dyes and painting them with dyes and having all sorts of fun. Here’s what she’s done so far….
So, this is just a tease, ’cause she’s not done yet. When she finishes, we’ll give the yarn silly names, perhaps put labels on them, then offer them for sale on this blog, and on our website. So check back mid-January, when you’ve recovered from the holidays and feel a need to increase your stash (that’s knitter talk, by the way. I’m so good at picking up jargon, no?)