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.
- Photo-Take-Outter Friday #13 – Have you ever wondered where yarn comes from? A photo essay at Alpaca Acres (thebluebrick.ca)
- Fleece in Hand (inkyarnandbeer.wordpress.com)
- Spun myself into a good place! (timesunion.com)
- Poste Yarn: A review (simplysockyarn.typepad.com)