Monday, May 21, 2007
Wonderfully Wooly Weekend
Yup, that's my van. Yup, it's full of wool. 13 bags of unknown poundage, but I am going to attempt to get a reasonable weight on it today. Lots of Romney cross goodness. My good friend Ellen and I took a ride to Hartfield Farm in Newport, NH for a quick visit and to buy them out of last years wool crop. I also walked away with some wonderful roving -- 6lbs of natural white, and 3lbs of deep dark brown -- and fresh farm meat and eggs! As Jessie has mentioned, I want to start taking some personal responsibility (as the budget allows) for where me food comes from, and I would much rather support a small farmer whose pigs live free and happy to wallow in the sun and mud until that fateful day, than some conglomerate whose pigs are stacked three high in cages and force fed crap and horomones until they weigh enough for slaughter. ICK. I can't raise them myself, but I can sure buy from farms.
Back to the wool -- I now need to find a mill. I really, really, really want to use someone local, and very definitely in New England. I'm not entirely sure which direction to go with the processing, either. I'm leaning toward sport weight yarn and some roving. I have silver fleece, white, and brown. Spinners -- do you like to spin the dark brown roving? Am I better off having that processed all into yarn? I love natural colored yarn. The 3lbs of brown roving I purchased is already being spun on the bobbin and I can see a fabulous Aran knit out of this. It isn't the softest fleece, but certainly not the roughest, and i am quite pleased with it. I think it will make a wonderful sturdy yarn. I'll certainly give socks a go from it as well. And this is part of my quandry -- I don't mind hand-wash socks for myself. I take them in the shower with me to wash (I use shampoo), and hang them to dry. Are there those of you out there who will knit nice sturdy boot socks with a non-superwash yarn? In the event that not too many will, I thought a sport weight would still be good for sweaters. HELP! This is a new venture for me, but one I really hope to be successful and to do again and again, so any input is truly welcome.
Ellen and I had great fun exploring the farm, which abounded with free range chickens (7 roosters and their harems!), some expecting pygmy goats, and the wonderful sheep. Here is a pensively curious ewe...
and a sweet little ram named Cocoa (in the middle) that the farmer would love to keep, but she needs a non related ram for new lambs. Ellen commented that he would fit quite nicely in the van.
In knitting new, I did start the Sunflower dress for Grace, and I LOVE the look of this yarn, but I only have about 1 1/2 inches so far, so pictures can wait. Also, I have discovered that I am FAR behind in my Wicked knit-a-long with Diane; she has begun the body decreases and I am still at the armpits. who knows if I'll catch up -- I feel icky-nasty-sniffly sick today and was laid up all day yesterday. Didn't even have the energy to lift the needles. Sad.
Oh well, off to the PO and to research more and more mills. Have a great day!!