This 2-ply sport weight yarn is spun up from a blend of Romney, Jacob, Coopworth and Border Leister fleeces. We shear each spring when the sheep have several inches of wool on them. The longer staple length makes a beautiful strong and lustrous yarn that'll wear very well. This is great yarn for making outer wear such as hats, mittens, scarfs, etc. You can see it knit or woven up in some of the items here in our shop.
*This yarn has a bit more itch to it than our non-plant dyed yarns, this is due to the pre-mordanting process which uses alum.
This yarn is hand dyed using golenrod flowers which we harvest in the late summer when they're in full bloom. The yarn is pre-mordanted with alum and left to cure for several days before going into the dye bath. The dye bath is prepared by cooking down goldenrod flowers in a 10 gallon pot. When the water is a rich golden color, the flowers are strained. Next, the pre-soaked, pre-mordanted skeins get submersed and soon take on the amazing color!
Each skein is approx. 3.75 ounces and 170 yards.
Recommended knitting needle size: US 6-8
We've done our best to depict the colors as truly as possible, however, due to differences in screen imaging, there may be slight variations. Due to nature of plant dyes, there will be variation among skeins as well. Please note this yarn is not very colorfast, and fading may occur if left in direct sunlight over an extended period of time.
About our flock:
Our sheep are a highlight to our everyday. They are friendly, and always happy to greet you with a nose kiss (okay, maybe there are a few that prefer to just walk away when the offer arises). They receive plenty of good fresh country air, clean water, fresh grass, and organic hay that we cut here on the farm every spring and summer. They love eating treats like organic barley or oats, kelp, and kale. Furthermore, they always get lots of special attention later in the year when all us fiber enthusiasts on the farm can't keep our fingers out of the wool on their backs!