Sheeps and Peeps Farm Mrs. Watson

Next up in our “What can I knit with my Sheeps and Peeps yarn?” series…

The Mrs. Watson Shawl by Martina Behm shown in our Sheeps and Peeps Farm Millspun Yarn.

We love the way the middle sister changed up the pattern and used two colors of our hand-dyed yarn along with our natural flock yarn.  Knit on size 8 needles, it is a little larger than the original pattern.  It’s such a fun, happy shawl, and has quickly become a favorite now that the weather has turned cooler.

In the Fiber Room

Have you seen Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter 14 Look Book?  We really have our eye on the beautiful ‘Kelpie’ – a ‘modern triangular Hap Shawl’.  How pretty is this?

And while it is very lovely in Brooklyn Tweed’s fingering weight Loft, what really has us going is the thought of knitting it while replacing ‘Stormcloud’ with Poseidon’s millspun and the contrasting colors with some of our Border Leicester cross millspun that we’ve naturally-dyed.

What do you think of this combination?  It’s (left to right) Poseidon, Goldenrod, Hibiscus, Jewelweed, Hibiscus2 and Goldenrod2.  We just might have to take the leap and buy that pattern today.

Natural Dyeing

Here’s a sampling of some of the natural dyeing that has been going on around here.  Blossoms have been abundant this year.  (from left to right)
Goldenrod – alum mordant, long soak
Goldenrod – alum mordant, exhaust
Goldenrod – alum mordant, really long soak
Goldenrod – alum mordant, low temperature
Jewelweed – alum mordant, low temperature
Red Hibiscus – alum mordant, ammonia dip
Red Hibiscus – alum mordant
Red Hibiscus – alum mordant, baking soda dip
Red Hibiscus – alum mordant, long soak
Red Hibiscus – alum mordant, exhaust, baking soda dip
Beet Greens – alum mordant, fermented

Choose a Hogget

Butterfly Bush

We have a new shipment of hogget millspun due to arrive any day, so we are continuing our little Christmas in July theme with a Hogget Millspun Giveaway.  Simply comment on this blog post with the name of the yarn that you would like to win! 
Just in case you want to spoil yourself a little, we are continuing our Free Shipping – Promo Code SHIP4FREE in our Etsy Shop and also our Gift Shop!
Update: Comments are closed.  A winner will be announced shortly!

Heart and Soul

Neon Wow


Poseidon’s Millspun

Here’s our big guy, Poseidon, waiting to be sheared last spring.  Look at those beautiful, long, curly locks of wool – seven inches long, folks!

Once we got it on the skirting table… all 12 lbs 3 ozs of it… we realized that we have always sold this beautiful wool as a raw fleece.  After skirting 10 lbs 11 ozs remained, and we decided to send it off to Stonehedge Fiber Mill to be processed. 

And here it is!  A beautiful silvery grey with wonderful depth of natural color.  We’re still in the process of washing the 21 skeins, but we are so excited that we did get one listed in our Etsy shop.

We have one other skein ready to go.  And we’ve decided to give it to one of our lucky blog readers!  To enter the give-away simply comment on today’s post.  Comments will be closed on Sunday at 8 p.m. and the winner chosen by Random Number Generator. Good Luck!  Comments are closed, the winner will be announced shortly.
Comment #14 was chosen by the Random Number Generator.  Congratulations to Mountain Girl!

It’s a Give-Away!

Calico Hogget 2-Ply Millspun

Spring Maple Longwool 2-Ply Millspun

If you could not attend our Open House on Sunday, here’s your chance to get your hands on some of our millspun yarn.  We decided to give away a skein of our hand-dyed!  They are all 100% wool from our wonderful flock, sent away to a woolen mill to be spun.  You can read more about the yarn by following the link below each photo.  To enter the give-away simply comment on today’s post, and let us know which one is your favorite.  Comments will be closed on Sunday at 8 a.m. and the winner chosen by Random Number Generator.  Good Luck!

Comments are closed.  Thanks to all who commented.  A winner will be chosen shortly.

And the winner is…. #9 wee whimsicals!  Many thanks to those who commented.

Check back we will have another give-away soon.