Spinning yarns

Today I picked up our Shetland yarn from Battenkill Fibers in Greenwich, NY.  Late last fall I gave them a go because I’d heard they would card and spin small batches.  It was a pleasure to work with Mary Jane and the gang there, and I’m thrilled with the finished product.  Beautiful and soft, the fleeces had been separated into three natural colors rather than spun into one.  I was pleased enough to leave behind our fleeces from this spring’s shearing also.  We decided that the lighter fleeces would be separated into colors, 4 of ’em, and our darker fleeces would await our friends from Red Comb Vintage‘s Alpaca fleece so that we could have “Two Great Farms, One Great Yarn.”

Lastly, I highly recommend “The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn” by Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius, put out by Storey Publishing.  In addition to the successful fiber pick up/drop off, I also discovered this book that I wished we’d had when we first started out with sheep.  I have added it to our library and it has a wonderful section on Shetlands and their fleeces that I’ve not seen in any other book.

8 responses to “Spinning yarns

  1. It’s really fun how many of your posts makes me remembering my childhood, in this case,it is about a sweater I still have, which my mother knitted to me in the ’60ties with yarn from our sheep after she got it from a “yarn mill” providing small portions ! Have a nice weekend Niels

    • Thanks, Neils! So nice to have you “stop by” the farm! I am glad that my tales strike your nostalgia-chords -it makes me happy! What a kick that you still have the sweater that your mother made – your clothing is meaningful, no? I am proud to know you, that old, cherished values are so very important to you.

    • Hi Jamie:
      Yes, we do sell our yarn! So if you’re ever interested, head on over to etsy and find our wingandaprayerfarm shop! You can “convo” me if you want anything in particular.
      This yarn is so lovely for hats, mittens, scarves and I have a beautiful afghan of it as well.
      Thank you for the visit, and yes, indeed, I agree! Spinning yarn is so relaxing. I have some wheels to spin my own, I seem NOT to have the time to do it!

      • I did you find you on Etsy. Cute little store. I’ll let you know about the yarn. 🙂 There is an afghan that I would like to make but still putting together the details.

  2. Nice looking stuff. Joanna has only smartened up in the last few years and sent a few of her raw fleeces off; some to be made into rovings and some to be spun. We have had good experience with a place called Gurdy Run Mill in Halifax, Pennsylvania. I will have to pursue the book you mentioned – perhaps as something for under the tree this Holiday season? We’ve been hot down here – how about you? D

    • Hot here toward the end of last week, for sure! And yes, I highly recommend the book – it’s lovely for a spinner/fleece flock owner. We also have a nice option here in Vermont for small batches, Green Mt. Spinnery, but it is one and a half hours away and so this other place, Battenkill Fiber, being only one half hour away, saves me a fair amount of driving. In the end, I am fortunate to have options within such close range for my fleeces.
      Happy July to you and hope farming treats you right this month. I’ve got some lamb-weaning to do and I’m not looking forward to it!

      • Hi – thanks for the Holiday good wishes. We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Connecticut – seemed like we had traveled to a parallel universe! It’s good to be home – though it remains hot and humid. Don’t worry about weaning – they’ll all survive, I’m sure. D

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