Shop Update tonight!

New batts, yarn, and handspun tags added to Etsy at 8 pm tonight (2/22)!

At 8 pm Eastern tonight (2/22), I’ll be adding batts, self striping yarn, and new handspun tags to the shop.

The yarn is available on two bases:

CORRIEDALE SOCK
Fingering weight, 3 ply
75% Superwash Corriedale/25% Nylon
4 ounces/115 grams
434 yards

TARGHEE SPORT
Sport weight, 4 ply
90% Superwash Targhee/10% Nylon
4 ounces/115 grams
350 yards
Made in the USA

There will be three colorways in the update. Barn Love (4 skeins on Targhee), Wooly Mammoth (6 skeins on Targhee (3 are discounted 100 g skeins), and 2 on Corriedale), and South Island Ocean Hike, below, (7 on Targhee (3 discounted), and 3 on Corriedale).

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I am already preparing yarn for the next update, which I hope will be in mid-March. I sold out of the green colorway, County Clare, at a vending event and I’m craving green, so there will be more soon. I also intend to add a Superwash Targhee/Nylon fingering base.

Also new for this update are handspun tags made from thick scrapbooking paper and strung with cotton string. They come in sets of 10 with unique, adorable or sophisticated prints including tacos, pineapples, and beaches.

There will be batts in the update as well, and a few are pictured below. Thank you for your support and please let me know if you have any questions!

Autumn Afternoon on the Farm

Today is the perfect, sunny fall day for lounging on the ground and taking 152 photos of the sheep and goats as they lazily chew cud and soak up the sun. I have to share it with you! I hope you can feel the tranquility and contentment from the simple pleasure of having nice hay, a safe pasture, and the smallest autumn breeze.

Shop Update Nov. 1 – New Yarn!

There are so many things in tomorrow’s shop update (11/1 at 8 pm Eastern) that I’ve considered hoarding for myself. These two batts, for example, keep trying to convince me that want to jump on my wheel right now and be plied together. It’s the blue silk that’s killing me, and I’m always a sucker for brown.

 

Both these batts have wool that was dyed with walnuts foraged from around our farm. Dusty Cowboy (left) also includes acid dyes, but Walnuts and White (right) is all naturally dyed browns mixed with undyed wool and silk noil.

There are three green colorways that feature different moods and a variety of textures. Extra Sprinkles (left) evokes vibrant frosting colors and has loads of pink silk noil. White Fir (top right) is muted, clear blues and greens with deep blue and green sari silk. Brine (lower right) has a base of mucky, swampy green blended with sea foam and periwinkle blue.

 

Peaches, plums, and vibrant purples have made it to the update as well! (Clockwise from the set of minis) Walnut Palette is walnut brown with warm autumn shades. Gentle is a base of light gray with coral, sea foam, and periwinkle. Clay is a gradient from soft yellow to brick red. Vibrant purple Mountains Majesty has magenta sari silk. Wine Grapes may be my favorite from the update with a moody, melancholy purple and deep reds. Finally, Conch Shell is a swirl of peach and coral. Let me know if you can hear the ocean when you hold it to your ear!

 

The last batt I have to share is the first colorway I carded for the update, and the only one I planned before I started dying: Silver and Gold. It has red and green sari silk and lots of sparkle. You can’t do a colorway called “Silver and Gold” and leave out the sparkle! There are rules!!

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There will be braids in the update as well – primarily in Superwash Targhee. I started dying outlandish, lively colors and couldn’t stop!

 

These vibrant tones may have been dyed to balance out the piles of walnut-dyed yarn I was previously working with. I’ve been wanting to dye yarn with farm-grown and foraged materials for a while, but wasn’t inspired by standard, widely-available yarn bases. It was really exciting to find Indie Undyed, which offers yarn in unique wools and has no minimum for wholesale ordering. They also sell retail, if you’re looking to do some dying for personal use.

The first yarns I’ll have available are walnut dyed gradients in Aran weight Shetland wool (left), and DK weight Corriedale wool (right).

 

There will also be a few skeins of Whitefaced Woodland yarn, dyed in solid browns. It is a woolen spun, 3-ply, and though it is classified as DK weight, it seems thin enough to make socks. Because Whitefaced Woodland doesn’t felt, and is a more toothy wool, socks are an excellent application for this rare breed. There will be two shades of brown available.

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The shop update is Wednesday, November 1 at 8 pm Eastern. All items will be available at KnitSpinFarm.etsy.com.

Now, I’m going to  head out into the cold sunshine to collect the last of the walnuts for the year and document how I turn them into dye for an upcoming blog post. See you soon!

J.