New friends and good wool!

Sunday, November 20

Walking in a winter wonderland...

Walking in a winter wonderland...

 I'm starting this blog post watching the snow fall around a beautiful 65-acres farm nestled in the hills of Delanson, NY. We are currently set up at our friend's farm waiting for the weather to lessen to go out to the barn and meet our newest flock additions. Jeri and I are welcoming two new Wensleydales to the flock, and two new Teeswaters. Yes, you read that right! We are introducing Teeswaters to our flock of rare breed British longwools. We have admired the Teeswater fleece and wool for some time, and Virginia kindly has set us up with a breeding pair. A beautiful ram lamb, and an aged ewe. Virginia owns The Yellow Farm in New York. She is known for her high quality fleeces, her prize-winning sheep, and her love of the fiber arts! You may have seen Virginia at Vogue Knitting LIVE: NYC with her lockspun garments and yarn, or showing her sheep at Rhinebeck. She can be found online partnering with her friend Pam to bring you Shepherd's Talk


Tuesday, November 22

Working on my second Wovember project 

Working on my second Wovember project 

Getting home with our new sheep was definitely an adventure! We were able to get on the road around 2:30pm once the plows moved through the area and salted/plowed the roads. That morning was not wasted at all! We were so fortunate to spend some time working through NAWSA business (check out the new website!), drinking coffee & tea, knitting, and clearing snow away from the truck. 

Ready to hit the road! 

Ready to hit the road! 

Those my friends, are knee high muck boots. It was a deep snow for sure. 

Those my friends, are knee high muck boots. It was a deep snow for sure. 

All four of our new babes were loaded into the trailer and off we went! The roads in New York were splendid even though the snow was getting heavier and the winds were blowing harder. Proper grit on the highways and clean roads made us feel safer as we pulled the trailer with our precious cargo inside! We crossed into PA around 4:30, and as we found our way onto the I-88/I-81 interchange, we slowed to a crawl (8mph) as the line of cars in front of us made their way along the snowy road. Oh boy. 

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After an incredibly long and stressful 200 miles of low visibility and/or slick road driving, we got to Wilkes-Barre to find clean, dry roads with no flurries clouding our view. Only then did we breathe a sigh of relief. The next 100 miles home seemed leisurely compared to our crawl down from Northern PA. We got to the farm around 10:30pm, moved some rams into our third pasture so that the new rams could have a stress-free transition into the flock, and then walked our two new ewes down to the girl pasture. Everyone integrated well into the flock, and as the days get chillier, I am so happy to be wrapped in massive wool shawls made from our flock yarn. 

So without further ado, welcome warmly to the flock Stella, Sk8tr Boy (named because we were "skating" through PA at 8mph on I-81), Athena, and Phillip. 

Athena (back), Stella (front)

Athena (back), Stella (front)

S8tr Boy

S8tr Boy

Phillip

Phillip


Monday, November 28

To finish out a whirlwind weekend celebrating our yarn shop's 7 year anniversary and Small Business Saturday, I cast off this adorable mitten. The pattern is Acorn Mitts by Ashley Yousling and I knit it in our Timi & Friends yarn which is oh-so-soft. Since the largest size of this pattern uses under 200 yards, any skein of our flock yarn would work perfectly! 

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Knit wool. Wear wool. Love wool. 

Best,
Irina