Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool

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UNWIND! Let's do it again!

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What can I say.  My heart has been very full after last weekend.   Not only did I have the most fun I have had all winter, but I learned, I laughed, I was inspired, and I loooooooooooooooved the relaxed and fun atmosphere of our first UNWIND weekend.  THANK YOU cannot be said enough to my teachers, my vendors, my students, and all of the wonderful people who stopped in and shopped and visited and laughed with us.   And THANK YOU to St. Mary's for hosting us! 

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Were you able to make it last weekend?  What did you think?  What could we do to improve UNWIND and grow?  Can you help spread the word when we have the dates for our second event?  Would you like to teach? Vend?  Shoot me an email and let me know! :)  Hope you will join us again!!  xoxo

You can watch a slideshow of our weekend on the website.  

As we UNWIND ...

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A few years ago I had this idea for a very casual weekend of sharing, teaching, shopping and just enjoying a fulfilling few days with old friends while making new friends and sharing it as well with the outside world.    I love to share, and I love to teach and mostly I love to see people let themselves give in to their creativity and experience joy and excitement the feel when they finish!  

I realize there are events similar to this, but what I hope sets us apart is the uniqueness of our classes.   From hand-dyeing to rug hooking, knitting custom socks, designing your own shawl, knitting new stitches with yarn you create, and learning how to needle felt -we have such a nice array of very unique classes as well as very special teachers.   I'm so pleased that they have agreed to come and teach!  I could not do this without them!   Each class gives the student basic knowledge then the freedom to go wild! :)

Let's dye some yarn! 

Let's dye some yarn! 

Lets create with the yarn you dyed!

Look what you can make! 

Look what you can make! 

Custom size your own socks! 

Custom size your own socks! 

This is your yarn ... what will your shawl look like?   

This is your yarn ... what will your shawl look like? 

 

Simple techniques make this cute little fox!

Simple techniques make this cute little fox!

As the UNWIND Weekend approaches I am soooooooooo excited!  This will be our first year on the North Shore!    We have a wonderful variety of local vendors bringing their unique products, and St. Mary's Church has welcomed us with open arms offering their huge space for our weekend of creativity!   So THANK YOU everyone who is making this possible!   See you soon at UNWIND! 

xoxo

Kelly

Behind the Scenes

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We often hear things said such as "behind every great man is a great woman" or "behind the scenes" .... truth is what's behind greatness is often quiet and oh so cherished.  We all need special things, people and creatures that help motivate you and excite you and those who share in your passions.    Quite often I start my day looking at the list I made the day before of the things I needed to do.  I try and finish the unfinished and add to the list and in between the many "distracting" moments of the sunlight shining through the trees just right, or the flock of crows gathering on the lawn across the street, or maybe the the soaking wet skeins of freshly dyed yarns I hold and let the water drain out of watching the colors change as the fibers begin to fluff up ...... you get the idea, I think of my "behind the scenes" and the "greatness" that helps me in this creative journey and that put the ideas in my head into finished.

I have always said that  I have never met an artsy-fartsy person I didn't like.    Now this doesn't mean they have to be knitters or spinners, hookers or weavers, but it is many times what has caused us to meet.  :)
 

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First, Roberta.   Roberta and a group her knitting friends visited my farm in Maine years ago and we all knit and laughed and they even got a chance to experience Romeo my goat who, at the end of the day, hoped up on the food table and helped himself to the left overs!   For several years now she has helped me put my ideas into completed pieces, knit samples for me and given me expert advice as well as sent me little surprises here and there. I love you Roberta!  Thank you!!  xoxoxo  

 

Adam.   I met Adam last fall when he contacted me to see if I could teach him to spin.   He arrived at my farm with a homemade apple pie and the sweetest smile I have ever seen.   He shared his beautiful knitting talents and at the end of the day went home with a new appreciation for farm produced yarns.  He is enthusiastic and encourages me and I, in turn, drive him crazy with my endless ideas and changes of direction in the middle of our conversations! :)   Being a successful business owner himself, Adam understands the challenges and excitement and true love of the entrepreneur.  Being an artist he understands the beautiful mess I become when I get excited and have new ideas.   Without him I would not have my Unicorn Sock samples finished for years  -yes I can knit, but time is not on my side with other aspects of running my business and I do not have the skill he has.    Adam has taught me to look at my business and my yarns in a different way, and most importantly to embrace the new changes in my life.   xoxo my friend xoxo!

 

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Maryly.   Maryly is a true free spirit.  It shows in her work.  She is kind and giving and anyone who has taken her class has left with excitement and an new found talent within themselves.   She teaches you to step outside the box and to try new things.  She never allows you to say "I could never do that" as she shows you that you really can.   Maryly loves my colors and yarns and I love her vision.  She can turn my crazy multi-colored skeins into beautiful landscapes in a textured hat or a gorgeous color flowing patterned pair of mittens.   I so enjoy seeing her leave with a handful of my skeins and and returning with a masterpiece!  xoxo Maryly

 

Joyce.   I only recently met Joyce and am so happy she lives close so close to me!   She is  a multi-talented fiber artist, weaving beautiful rugs with an eye for color, and enthusiastically working with me on a new set of knitting patterns that I have wanted to get started for a few months!  We work between texts and over coffee and she sees things differently and the same as I do at the same time.   Thank you Joyce for you're encouragement and for listening to my crazy ideas!  I'm excited to work with you more and more! 

There are many more of you to whom I owe my gratitude, my customers, my friends, my kids, my little Cosmo who patiently waits for me to take breaks and walkies ... so many more.  Keep watching as the year  is just beginning, I have lots to share. :)

xoxo

Kelly

 

 

The Tale of Two Sweaters

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Often people ask me, "how much yarn can you get from one sheep?"  My answer is always, "Well, it depends on the sheep." ;)   So how does that work?  Fleece is mostly sold by shepherds by the pound.   Sometimes we ooooooo and ahhhhhh over the weight of the fleece that comes off our sheep but really it should be the size of the fleece we look at, and of course the breed has a lot to do with the yardage we achieve when hand-spin or have the beautiful fibers spun.   

Romney sheep produce a long, lustrous fleece, sometimes heavy in lanolin, sometimes not.  It can range from 4-6 inches and again, depending on the individual sheep, the amount of usable fleece varies, meaning if they have clean heathy fibers consistent in length all around the yield will be heavy.  Weight is not the best determination of yarn yield because you will loose 40 -50% of the weight after washing.  Remember the weight loss if from dirt and lanolin -not fiber.  

I judged fleeces for several years at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival and I learned from many of the best shepherds and show judges.  I touched and examined hundreds of fleeces and many breeds and I have spent years working with mills, but my answer remains the same ... it depends on the sheep.  :)

Many years ago I began my sheep adventure with my first Romney sheep, Joe.   I brought him home when my kids were little and he was the sweetest boy who grew a large, beautiful fleece each year.  He started my love for the breed. I learned to hand-spin from his long silvery-gray fibers, and when he turned 12 I took his fleece to a mill and had it spun into a worsted weight yarn and put on cones.  He was very special to me, and I wanted his yarn to wrap around me for years to come even when he was gone.    His ~ 9 pound fleece yielded two ~ 2,000 yard cones of yarn.  

The first sweater I had knit from this yarn, was a modified pattern knit by designer Bristol Ivy.   It is much like a swing coat, long and cozy -as every sweater should be and I wear it with pride.  

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After using the first cone, I held on to the second and waited for it to tell me what it wanted to be.   It sat and waited, and as time went by it changed.  I didn't know until I met my friend Adam, who offered to put its strands into something special for me.   After looking at many patterns and changing my mind many times, I chose the Waiting For Fall pattern by Isabell Kraemer after seeing it knit by my friend Hèléne as a test knit for the pattern in my Farm Blend.  

As the strands became stitches, the shade changed.  After the few years of waiting, even though it was safely packed and tucked away in my closet, the outer strands of the cone had lightened.   Wow.   I loved it.   And because it was knit by someone so special to me it makes it all the more wonderful to wear.  

Believe it or not there is yarn still left from Joe.   It will tell me what it wants to be in time.  I will always return to my beginnings when it comes to the yarn I create, even as I add different weights and types of yarn, Romney based yarns will always be the heart of my business. <3

 

Cozy Accomplishment

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Accomplishment.   It's such a great feeling.   Looking out my window at my shiny new trailer and finishing the inside and planning events ahead are very exciting.   And it is all because of good friends who helped me, not only by donating, but by believing in my idea and encouraging me to take a leap of faith ... many, many xoxoxoxo's to you!! 

It's funny how waiting can be so frustrating yet so helpful.   Getting time to work on the finishing of and set up of the inside has been a bit of a challenge after coming back from a very busy New York Sheep & Wool Festival and getting ready for The Fiber Festival of New England  has taken quite a bit of my time, and today the much needed rain slows me down a bit.  But so far I have chosen and installed the floor, picked up paint for the inside walls, and perused Pinterest a million times to make sure everything inside is secured yet moveable to suit shows, classes and whatever else the fiber world brings me.:)  

Neutral colors for the floor ....

Neutral colors for the floor ....

As I work on the installing the shelving and dye station, and then stocking the shelves I am excited!   I'm adding new yarns to my inventory, working new patters with designers, and my calendar keeps filling with shows and events!   Be sure to check the CLASSES & SHOWS section of my website to see where I will be and what events I have planned for the winter!    

One you won't want to miss is the Grand Opening on Small Business Saturday -November 26th!   Come and see what our new mobile yarn shop has to offer, do a little early Christmas shopping and be entered to win some fiber prizes!   Keep watching for details! 

Fat Sheep Bulky knit on size 15 DPN needles in Fisherman's stitch. 

Fat Sheep Bulky knit on size 15 DPN needles in Fisherman's stitch. 

Oh ....and BTW,  Take 10% off our new FAT SHEEP Bulky this weekend when you enter this code at check out!   CODE: COZYAUTUMN    Sale runs Friday at noon till Sunday at noon. :)

xoxo

Kelly

 

Rhinebeck Recap ...

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There is an excitement that builds the weeks before Rhinebeck.   Special colors, sample knits, booth design, travel and most importantly seeing old friends and meeting new.    This year my journey brought me a little of everything I love about my job, my work, my life, my passion.   

I won't waste valuable screen space babbling on about how much I love you all ... :)   and how excited I get ... :):)     instead I will share the highlights of the weekend and the patterns, the people, and the the sights I managed to grab as this was my busiest Rhienbeck to date! xoxo to you all!!

First, I was excited to be able to feature Isabelle Kramer's beautiful Ready for Fall sweater knit in my very popular Farm Blend.   A HUGE thank you to Helene M. Driesen for expertly knitting the sample sweater and loaning it to me for the show! xoxo

Many Farm Blend colors to choose from! 

Many Farm Blend colors to choose from! 

Ready For Fall -Isabelle Kramer

Ready For Fall -Isabelle Kramer

Sweater detail ...  

Sweater detail ...

 

Helene and her friends also chose this sweet little Glimmers Fingerless Mitten Pattern by Ann Kingston to work on together while they enjoyed the weekend at the festival.  Using Farm Blend Mini's they each chose coordinating colors for their sheep and tartan patterns on natural Farm Blend.  Pattern link below.

Glimmers by Ann Kingstone

Glimmers by Ann Kingstone

This easy peasy pullover vest caught my eye  -well the yarn did first as I knew it was Romney :) Its is called Eria Vest and it is designed by Julliana Lund.   It calls for a size 7 needle and aran weight yarn, but I thought it would be easy to switch up gages and yarns and maybe even whip it up in my new FAT Sheep Bulky. 

Eria Vest by Julliana Lund

Eria Vest by Julliana Lund

Pattern coming soon! :)

Pattern coming soon! :)

Julia Farwell Clay stopped in to show me the hat she had been working on for a kit I will be carrying soon!   Her lovely Oak Leaf design in Thunder Farm Blend looked stunning on the Chartreuse background.    Julia is putting the details together for the pattern soon!  

So proud of you Tim!

So proud of you Tim!

I want to share this young man, Tim Walker who bought a chubby little lamb from me years ago.  Tim has grown his love of sheep into a beautiful Natural colored Romney flock -one of the nicest i have ever seen.  It's so good seeing him each year showing his beautiful Romneys at Rhinebeck.  You can visit him at Great Bay Wool Works on the web and at shows and markets throughout the year.  

I had to snap a quick pic of these leggings!  I didn't get to catch these ladies to ask them where they got them so if these are your legs .... please let us know! :):):)

blurryyyyyyyyy pic, but you get the idea. :)

blurryyyyyyyyy pic, but you get the idea. :)

Last but never least I want to send a million hugs and kisses to my friend and fellow unicorn Adam Huntley who feverishly knit up my Unicorn sock samples and mailed them to me in the knick of time!   xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo for your wonderful charismatic and much appreciated support! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

The weekend goes by so fast.   The weather was wonderful and I am very very grateful for everyone who stopped in.   I can't wait to see your projects and share more creativity and inspire each other.   

Here are the links for the patterns above!  Now back into the dyepots I go! :)

xoxo

Kelly

 

Ready For Fall -http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ready-for-fall-2

Glimmers Fingerless Mittens - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gimmers

Eria Vest by Julliana Lund -http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/eria-vest

 

The Emotional Connection To Creativity - PART 2

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When I was pregnant with my first child I bought 3 skeins of Lopi yarn and some knitting needles. I bought a sweater pattern that was waaaaaaaaay beyond what a beginning knitter could ever hope to knit.   But my belly was getting bigger and my energy supply was getting smaller and I needed something creative to keep my mind and hands busy.  I had no sheep and very little knowledge of fiber let alone how to even knit my first stitch.   I bought the yarn for it's deep evergreen color and thick texture  -knowing myself well enough that my attention span would only allow me to work on something that I thought would come together quickly.  

The yarn became very special to me as I read the books that taught me the stitches as I awaited being a mom for the first time.  I still have it to this day, I knit the panels and started the sleeves and named it the 8 year sweater.   I never finished it, but I will never part with it, it is a part of my knitting history.  

Sometimes artistic projects connect us to places and moments, and some with very special people.   I have realized as I have been on this journey that I have had to open my mind to changes in my business if I want to continue to get up every day and do the work I love.   

Beautiful Farm Blend in Goldenrod

Beautiful Farm Blend in Goldenrod

My Farm Blend is at the heart and soul of my business.  It is the result of years of expirimenting, learning and growing. It is what I proudly produce every year from my sheep and I use that solid Romney foundation to create blends with Mohair or Alpaca or other breeds of wool.   I have learned the options for ways to spin, the best uses for, the best colors for white or grey bases, and just recently that a smaller needle changes the whole feel of Farm Blend in a way I would never had imagined.  I learn so much from my customers/friends.  

NIMBUS 

NIMBUS 

When I introduced NIMBUS last Fall, and then few weeks ago UNICORN, it was from a desire to try something new, and have a little different approach by adding to my passion, my lines of hand-dyed yarns.   I have, in the past, spun wool as just wool into a sport-weight yarn and I have learned that that isn't for everyone.   I have learned that being able to produce enough of a type of yarn at a price that makes me a good business woman is very important.  

SOCK yarn -Unicorn Lipstick

SOCK yarn -Unicorn Lipstick

 

I had such a desire to grow, so keeping my Farm Blend as the base of my line,  I found these lovely wool and wool/nylon bases and will continue to introduce new quality yarns from Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool and I will tell you the stories of their purpose and work with you on designs and projects and in the process I will gain knowledge and an emotional connection for you, my customers who I also very much value as my friends. 

xoxo

Kelly

 

The Emotional Connection to Creativity .... Part 1

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What makes good yarn?   What makes yarn worth spending your hard earned money on?   How do you choose when a wall of colors towers over you and beckons you to buy one skein or an armload?  What influences you to buy?  What project are you about to spend time on and how do you envision your project to make you feel?  

Seems complicated, you are just shopping for yarn right?  ... but I'll bet you have had many of those thoughts run through your head.  

Do you choose warm or cool colors?

Do you choose warm or cool colors?

Yarn is a medium.   It is an investment.  Much like painting or sewing, knitting it's a emotional and monetary investment.  Do you smell it, and pet it, and squeeze it when you pick it up?  Do you rub on your neck or wrists to see how it feels on your skin?  Do you hold the colors up to your face or place them on the counter in particular order to see what looks good together?  Did you spend hours looking for just the right pattern or do you let it tell you what it wants to be when you get it home?  Do you choose a skein to try a new technique?  Whatever way you do it, whatever way you choose your choice it is dictated by your emotions. 

Lovely, colorful Farm Blend.<3

Lovely, colorful Farm Blend.<3

I like to call myself a "yarn engineer."   I learned years ago through shepherds, wool grading classes, volunteering at agricultural events, serving on boards, by asking questions, visiting mills and talking to the creators themselves -the knitters, crocheters, weavers and felters, what purpose each yarn serves.   I have sorted though thousands of pounds and many, many different breeds of wool and learned it's secrets.   And from that learning and I have created my Farm Blend and Downeast yarns, yarns that come from my farm and the farms and people I know and love.  It's what I like to call "yarn with a purpose" and it is the core of my business.  

Zeus. Handsome and sweet.

Zeus. Handsome and sweet.

Romney is at the heart of my Farm Blend.  It is the breed I chose to raise years ago when I first built my hand-spinners flock.   I fell in love with the sheep, and the people I met that were raising them, and the fiber was so beautiful and strong.   I started as a hand-spinner, and  I couldn't get enough.  My emotions chose the sheep and built my passion for the yarn.   I learned what beautiful yarns their beautiful fleeces could become and what it was best suited for.   Romney is strong, lustrous and resilient, perfect for pieces that will last a lifetime, though it may not be for some who are super sensitive to wool.    And that's where emotions dictate choice ... and knowledge dictates appropriate use.  

 

Joe my first Romney

Joe my first Romney

Hats, mittens, sweaters, pieces that get hard wear and heavy use are perfect choices for Farm Blend.  My Joe sweater, knit for me by knitwear designer Bristol Ivy several years ago is still as beautiful as the day she knit it.   It is 100% Romney from my beloved boy Joe who was my first Romney.   I can wear just a t-shirt under it and be cozy on a chilly day, it has a collar that lays down and does not touch my neck much so I do not feel the wooliness as I am a little sensitive around my neck area.  It wears like iron, and I know it will be a staple of my winter sweaters for years and years.   And because it is Joe, it is all the more special to me.  

My beautiful Joe Sweater.  

My beautiful Joe Sweater.  

Next up....  NIMBUS and my new Unicorn sock yarns! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes, Unicorns & Fat Sheep

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What would life be would be without changes?  In New England the bigest changes we see are in seasons and weather.   As we experience these hot summer days, we know snowy cold winter days aren't too far off.   But in-between the crisp air will return and Mother Nature will grace us the beautiful colors of Fall.  Changes in life and surroundings and  even business are necessary to succeed.  A stagnant pool fills with despair, but a flowing, ever changing stream sings a song and spreads joy -yep, I made that up, pretty deep huh? ;)

So into my ever changing stream, I am adding new yarns, new colors, new dyeing techniques and along the way inspiring myself and learning new skills and remembering old.  Like my NIMBUS Yarns, these yarns are outside sourced, meaning American grown & spun.  Of course I will continue to produce my Farm Blend Yarns from my sheep and Angora Goats, and locally grown wools and fibers, but what kind of a business woman would I be if I did not continuously grow and change and embrace the new and enhance the old?  It's exciting to bring in the new lines and work with new fibers.  It's exciting to create with new dye techniques, and it's fulfilling to be able to offer my customers more options for their creativity.  

Knit some warmth with Unicorn Sunshine RR Sock Yarn! 

Knit some warmth with Unicorn Sunshine RR Sock Yarn

Keep watching! I have new color ways and ideas just bursting out out of my brain! The Unicorns and the sheep have joined forces and what they have in store is truly brilliant! :) 

Beautiful, warm, soft RR Fat Sheep Bulky 

Beautiful, warm, soft RR Fat Sheep Bulky 

Some of these yarns are available now along with my traditional Farm Blend and NIMBUS.  Take a look on my website if you like, and be sure to visit the EVENTS page for upcoming, markets, shows and classes!   www.romneyridgefarm.com

xoxo

Kelly

Hello Sunday ....

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Hello Sunday.  Hello last week in July.  Hello change in colors! Hello August!   

Golden colors of August

Golden colors of August

I was watching the storms blow through last night, thinking about how the summer months bring us such beautiful drama in the sky.   The dark omnious clouds slide across the sky and bring life giving water that we are in such need for this year in the northeast.   My new home is an old colonial that has been given new life by it's owner.  She grew up here and is in the process of revamping the gardens and eventually the barn.  I am renting the left side of the house.  It's a nice, quiet street full of friendly people and lots of dogs.  A perfect place for me to rent while I take my time deciding where exactly I want Romney Ridge Farm to come back together.   

Blizzard gives Romney Ridge South 2 hooves up!

Blizzard gives Romney Ridge South 2 hooves up!

My sheep, goats and pony are safely tucked away, all together at my friend Lynne's on the south shore we happily call Romney Ridge South.  I am so thankful for her and even more that they are all together.   I couldn't ask for a better, kinder, safer place.   Lots of xoxo to you Lynne.

Sooooooooo excited!

Sooooooooo excited!

So what is up this month?  Well the waiting period for the funds for my Kickstarter Campaign will end on the 30th.  That means your wonderfully supportive donations will go through and I will order my trailer.   Then the inside construction will begin and all the pieces will come together.  I expect it will be a month or so, but taking my time putting it all together will be smarter ... rushing is never a good thing.  :) I will also be putting rewards together and shipping them as they are dated for. Thank you again soon soon much! 

Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool coming together!

Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool coming together!

I will finish up my little shop area this weekend, It is small but I think you will be surprised with the design and how much I have been able to fit in without feeling too crowded.  I'll give you a little video tour on Facebook and here as soon as  I finish up hopefully by tomorrow, and I 'll announce my OPEN HOUSE in a few days.  

I have a few classes coming up, you can lean about them here.  There are still a few openings in them both.  

I will also begin the Ipswich Farmer's Market and have more dates at SoWa coming up.  All info is on my EVENTS page.   

ANNNNNDDDDD I would like to get at creative group started in the ROWLEY/IPSWICH area where we can get together and share and create together ... but that may have to wait until I say "help last week in August." lol!

Just a quick reminder.  If you follow Romney Ridge on Facebook,  Be sure to check ALL ON in the Notifications section ( hover your mouse over the LIKED button and you will see it in the drop down ) to be sure and see us every day in your newsfeed! 

HAPPY SUNDAY!

xoxo

Kelly

 

 

 

Kickstarter UPDATES!

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Cosmo and I just sat and sorted through all of the orders we just received.  On top of that we tallied all of the Kickstarter rewards we need to put together, and then he made me eat almost a whole container of Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Hummus ... lol.  It's HOT outside and through the window I can see it is breezy,  but in front of the fan is the place to be until the sun goes down and we can take a night time walk before bed time.   

The next few days will involve collecting addresses, organizing the rewards, ordering dyes and just getting everything pulled together.   I am still very humbled by the response I received even up the the last few hours of the campaign support came in.  I can't wait to put the backers banner together and see your names every time I look at it.  Your support gives me such a kick start to the next phase of my business and I am sooooo BEYOND grateful. <3<3

Most rewards will be a few months coming, some a little sooner.  I have some dyeing to do based on choices, and the Farm Blend yarns will be freshly spun and beautifully dyed.  The 2017 calendars of course will ship in late November after they are printed, and if you chose the Mitten Pattern Collection as a printed reward, I will just need to have them printed and packed.  

So bear with me, because somewhere in between I need to order my trailer and custom build the inside! :):):):) Thankfully I have a few volunteers ready to roll!  

Happy Creating! 

xoxo

Kelly

 

 

Beyond Grateful .... <3

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How does it feel to put on a sweater, a hat or a pair of mittens made from wool? It's  beautiful, warm, cozy .... heavenly.   For me it's more than that, because my yarns have for many, many years come from my friends.   My peaceful, sweet, beautiful sheep.   My inspiration.  

This morning I woke up to a message fro Kickstarter.  Ready? Set? Scream! Your project hit it's goal!  CONGRATULATIONS!  WOW!  How do you say thank you enough?  How do you let the people who support you know how much it means with a sincerity that comes through?  I have plans.:)  You will see soon.   After the work of making this project road and market ready, after all of the rewards have shipped, after the markets and shows are attended.  I have some ideas to "pay it forward" as they say.   

So for now, I have a lot to wrap my head around and get organized and some reward dyeing to do!   I"M SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Kelly

 

Finding Your Happy Place.

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You know the best place in the world to be is your happy place.   For me its in the middle of a flock of crazy spoiled close-talker sheep.  That was my farm, built from a few chosen, some unwanted, and several "okay, drop em offs."  They all fit in, they all serve a purpose and I love them all.   

The earliest plan was a few sheep to provide me with wool for my own enjoyment.  But I fell in love and I remember saying to myself one morning as I was finishing up feeding my small flock of four, "I wish I had more to do."   I loved caring for them and being outside and enjoying the peacefulness they brought.   

Now as I am making changes and expanding I am hopeful that the Kickstarter Campaign I am running will be fulfilled ... and WOW!  ...I am so close.  Only 4 days to go. As of 6pm tonight I am only $1778 away from my goal.   I hope I've been very tactful and polite in the ways I have shared and reminded folks that I am running the campaign ... none likes a nag :)  I also tried to choose enjoyable rewards for my backers.  I am so GRATEFUL for the support so far.  So what can you do to help at this critical point?  It's simple ...SHARE.  

  • Ask your friends who support small farms, and small business if they might contribute,  I realize not everyone is a knitter, but maybe they know someone who is and could use a reward as a gift.  
  • If 355 people pledged $5 each we would be fulfilled! 
  • Share with your Guilds
  • Share with your friends
  • Ask a friend to match your pledge.   
  • Get a group of friends together and back the BLOCK PARTY where we felt and dye and laugh and learn! 

It's final push time .. only 4 days to go!   Please read about my idea again and know its an plan for teaching, sharing, and promoting fiber arts and small farms like mine.   The sky's the limit! :)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/romneyridge/romney-ridge-yarns-and-wool-pop-up-shop

xoxo

Kelly

Happy Summer

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Summer in New England.

Summer in New England.

 

Have I mentioned how much I love summer!  Flip flops and tank tops!  And do you know I struggle to sit still but ohhhhhhhhhh those summer nights when the air is cooler and the temptation to sit out and watch the stars come out by a little fire can make me stop and relax and breathe in deep the night air.  Heaven on a stick. 

Blizzard & Pixie

Blizzard & Pixie

It has taken a few months, but I am officially moved.  I am still working out of boxes and catching up in between working and the kid's schedules,  things are starting to fall in to place.   Change is scary, but it is also good and though my sheep aren't in my back yard, they are safe and happy at my friend's house a few minutes south of me, lovingly named Romney Ridge South.   I miss seeing them, smelling them, hearing them but in time we will be together and I have plans to breed again and enjoy the sweet little babies as they grow and discover their world.  

The base trailer ....

The base trailer ....

A similar interior design ...

A similar interior design ...

My Kickstarter Campaign is alive and kicking! With only 8 days to go, I could really use your help!  Can you tell your fiber arts friends, and LYS and none who supports small farms and the arts?   I am past the half way mark this time and the holiday weekend slowed me down a bit, but I still am on track.   Please spread the word if you see fit and let's get this project on the road! :):) 

http://kck.st/1U4f1KI

xoxo

Kelly

Summer Solstice Mittens? :)

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Violet & Sage for the cuff, next let's add Mulberry roses.

Violet & Sage for the cuff, next let's add Mulberry roses.

No really, I am not designing a new mitten pattern ...welllllll maybe I am . :)  But no, really its more just the fun way to see the Barney Cove Mittens in different colors.  I LOOOOOOOOOVE knitting mittens.  It's probably my favorite thing to knit.  So when I dyed the colors for my Early Summer Bundles, yes I did have mittens in mind.  :)

With 6 colors to choose from you can make many colorful mittens!

With 6 colors to choose from you can make many colorful mittens!

In between moving and school getting out and preparing for the markets aaaannnnnnnnnd keeping up with my Kickstarter Campaign, I haven't had much time for knitting, just a few stitches here and there, but I will pull them together over the summer.  If you'd like a Summer Bundle -6 mini skeins of Farm Blend hand-dyed in soft summery colors, consider getting one soon as they are limited editions.  And remember you'll be entered to win one of two 5 skein bundles if you do!

KICKSTARTER UPDATE!

Per request I have added 8 ounces of our beautiful Romney Batts to the rewards!  Please take a look ... and look we are almost half way there! THANK YOU!  20 days to go! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/romneyridge/romney-ridge-yarns-and-wool-pop-up-shop

Romney Ridge Batts! 

Romney Ridge Batts! 

Summer Bundles, Moving and Kickstarting again!

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Yesterday I was taunted by several big cones of Farm Blend.   They are the last of the 2016 Spring blend and I am carefully choosing their destiny until I take the next 300 + pounds to the mill to create the 2016 Autumn Blend.  

In my travels back and forth to Massachusetts have found a very special place where I stop and walk Cosmo to break up the drive and stretch our legs.   It is near the ocean and the wildflowers are abundant.  Daisies, Purple Vetch, Buttercups and Rugosa Roses mingle with endless shades of green and the songbirds sing you through the trails and on to the stone beaches.  I have shared pictures before, it's a quiet little place of Zen.   

Before I packed the cones for travel, I skeined off 100 -50 yard skeins to create these sweet little bundles inspired by the soft shades of early summer that surround me at the park.  They are fun little bundles of soft hues, and I'm sure I will feel the need to make late summer and bundles as the seasons change and the color inspiration will switch to more brilliant shades.  Grab them while you can as they are a limited edition collection.

My move is almost complete, sheep are content in their foster home, most of my business is packed and will be delivered in the next few days, as well as myself and my shoe collection. :)  I have been accepted into the Ipswich Farmer's Market, the Beverly Farmer's Market and will have my usual dates at SoWa before and in between Fall Shows and Festivals.  I am excited about my new space!  There is great potential there and I will share more asap!

A similar inside design ....

A similar inside design ....

A similar outside design ....

A similar outside design ....

Finally ....in between all this madness I relaunched my Kickstarter Campaign.  I overhauled the whole idea and and downsized it just slightly.  Though I planned the first design to be completely finished by others, I'm okay putting more time into it myself and with the help of a few volunteers.  It's not the work, it's the time involved, but hey! ... I am not giving up on this idea and the response I have seen this morning, after only one day, it looks like you aren;t either. :):):):)  THANK YOU!!!!   Here is the link please take a look and share with your fiber friends!   

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/romneyridge/romney-ridge-yarns-and-wool-pop-up-shop

I'm feeling the effects of so much going on but I am sooooooo looking forward to starting the markets and seeing you and lots of new faces!   

Thank you for the many kind emails and messages I receive daily, it means so much!  

xoxo 

Kelly

 

Updates!

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So much to share, but it's not over yet!   Today I begin moving my business.   Yarns, Knitting Kits, Needle Felting Kits, dye pots, packaging, computers ... so much to remember.   My goal is to have it all moved my the end of next week.  Thank goodness for the cool weather!   

The sheeple are all settled in and happy in their foster home ... very strange to not hear baaaaa baaaas this morning, but it is part of the process.  

My markets will begin in a few short weeks and in-between my son graduates for 8th grade.   

My NEW Kickstarter campaign is almost ready to go, thank you ALLLLLLL so much for the support on my first try!  I have learned and tweaked it to give it a shot in a different way.  

Not much time for dyeing and being creative in the past week and for the week ahead, but it is alllllllll swirling around in my head and July promises to be month of "WOW" for Romney Ridge!  

Happy Friday everyone!  

xoxo

Kelly

Romney Ridge is MOVING! :)

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Yes you read that right!  We are moving to a new location in the sweet little town of Rowley Massachusetts! With so many changes and great chance for growth, my many hours of traveling back and forth sooooooooooo many miles on the highway are about to be put to better use.   Time to move the whole shebang closer to the areas where our markets and shows and events take place!  

So how does one pick up and move almost 17 years of a farm and business?  Well you rely on good friends  who say, "You can do this Kelly!" and you take a gigantic leap of faith ... and off you go!  Tomorrow I pick up the truck and trailer to deliver my sheep, goats and pony.  I'll spend the first of the week traveling back and forth until they are all safe and sound at my friend Lynne's ( your a lifesaver Lynne! ) for a while until we are all settled.  My studio is packed and my office is packed and my large collection of shoes are packed :). My first market day is June 26th, so I am cramming this all into a few weeks at which time my youngest son, Sam graduates from the 8th grade.  Life goes by so fast.

I have found a place that is offering me a unique opportunity, but I will explain that as I go.  For now it's just time to just embrace what's ahead.  I am thankful for so many who put there faith in me and show me so much love.

xoxo

Kelly

Cause YARN is the BEST medium!

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Adam's own design in Chartreuse Farm Blend

Adam's own design in Chartreuse Farm Blend

Good Morning! Had a lovely visit with my friend Adam last night who is knitting a sweater from my Farm Blend using  <gulp> size 4 needles.  With and amazing enthusiasm for knitting and color, he couldn't find a pattern that spoke to him so he is designing this sweater himself!  Can I just say WOW!!!!!! The fabric he is creating is ammmmmmmmzing!  So snug and beautiful!     My Slate Island Mobius is knit on size 10 needles.  It is loose and flowing and light weight ... same yarn just bigger loops.  

The Slate Island Mobius available in two or three colors! ON SALE TODAY! 

The Slate Island Mobius available in two or three colors! ON SALE TODAY! 

 

My Farm Blend Yarn is different every year.  It is a blend of wools, sometimes blended with Alpaca, sometimes blended with Mohair, the base color changes from light grey to dark grey and sometimes it is just white.   It becomes my medium for color and your medium for creativity.    There are always new and different ways to create with yarn ... for me as the dyer, to you, the designers,  the knitters, crocheters, weavers and hookers.  Yarn is the BEST medium!   Happy creating!   

xoxo

Kelly

An ounce of kindness ...

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Mowers :)

Mowers :)

When my oldest son left for college, I took over his room as an office.  On the second floor, I am closer to the clouds, I can see the little birds making nests in the maple tree, and best of all I can watch my sheep grazing on the lawn.  Yes it is a little distracting, but nature should distract us from screens and keyboards and noise if only for a few minutes off and on every day.  

I'm going to rant for just a second about hard working entrepreneurs and creative people with visions ... and about kindness.   As you know I started a Kickstarter Campaign in hopes it could help me take my business to the next level.  I have had much encouragement and kindness and "you go girl" support for which I am beyond grateful.  

 

NIMBUS YARNS REWARD

NIMBUS YARNS REWARD

During the many hours of research and number crunching and ideas to give the best rewards I could, I researched other campaigns.  It was enlightening and impressed with how creative people can be.  See a need ... fill a need.   Have a passion for something?  Work hard and make it happen, and if you can, give back along the way.  

LOVE my Starbucks, but I could give up a few to help a fellow artist.  

LOVE my Starbucks, but I could give up a few to help a fellow artist.  

Crowdfunding in my eyes is exchanging the cost of cup of coffee a few times a week to helping a person who has a vision.   Helping them avoid the costs of loans, which has to be paid back, and just giving a little "leg up".  It is not begging for money as one unkind person said to me.  You create rewards from which your backers can choose so there is something given back in return.  

A post on a popular knitting site caught my eye this afternoon.  It was for The Yarnit, an innovative, multifunctional, American made clear yarn globe that keeps your yarn clean and dry as you knit.  The inventor created the smaller version that has been quite successful, and now she is hoping for a little "leg up" to manufacture the larger version.   

Here is her explanation of how Kickstarter works.  

Could you take a minute to let me explain the Kickstarter Program?
It is an ALL or NOTHING funding site.

Either we meet our goal $55K or we get NOTHING and none of you who have pledged is charge a cent.

If we reach or exceed our goal, then upon the close, Kickstarter keeps 10% of your money and gives us the rest which we will use to immediately go into production of the Big Sully and fulfill all the rewards we posted.

126 of you have pledged already and I am so very grateful for everyone of you but we are far far away from reaching our goal. All of your names will be shouted out soon.
What we need to do is get our page elevated to a higher positon on Kickstarter project page making us more visible to new outside backers.
The criteria that does this for us is the number of pledges (not the amount) and nice comments.

Could you reach out to everyone you know and ask them just to go to my site and pledge even a $1.00 to help me move my page higher in the project page.
Some have asked if they can make more than one pledge and I believe you can my using multiple devices ie phones, ipads, computers etc.
Thanks and I so appreciate you pledge and anything else you can do
Kate

To me it was well written describing the process.   The comments were uncalled for and just not nice.   Sure you can buy something cheaper and maybe this is not for you  ... but if you can't say something nice then please consider the inventor's passion for their product and had work and keep your unkindness to yourself.   

So I will gladly be donating to Kate's campaign.  A few bucks to help another creator, designer, entrepreneur etc.  It's so easy to be kind ... just my thoughts.  xoxo

Kelly