My sheep and my Angora Goats. Their fleeces made up the first run of Farm Blend that I made quite a few years ago. I took all of my white Romney fleeces and my one sweet little Border Leicester fleece and combined with my silky smooth mohair and spun it into a beautiful worsted 2-ply yarn.
The following year I added my natural colored Romney fleeces to the mix and made a beautiful natural grey, two-ply. I continued making these lovely years and then .... it was time for something different. :) Thats what I love about my job. I am free to try new things and be creative. It feeds my creative soul.
I had always created a worsted weight yarn with my Farm Blend. I started looking at patterns that called for Dk weight and thought the heavy weight of the Farm Blend came from the way the yarn was spun and the addition of the Mohair. It was lovely as it was, but I needed to up my production and additional goats for mohair was not an option. So I removed the mohair from the mix and gave a different mill a shot at a woolen-spun version. It wasn't to fix anything as I thought this yarn was beautiful, but instead, it gave me a chance to try something new. And to create different yarns from a basic "recipe" .... and be able to add or subtract from the formula and the outcome becomes a unique one-of-a-kind yarn????? Gold! Solid Gold! lol
So the last run of Farm Blend we did, I added about 100 pounds of a neighboring farm's Romney, and threw in a few pounds of fresh Mohair from my summer clip. We spun the yarn as a dk weight. I guess you all enjoyed it because I am practically sold out. :) thank you!
So 2016 Farm Blend is a little different. I replaced the mohair with Maine-grown Alpaca, added a pinch of Southdown and a dash of Tunis. Romney is still the base, but the complimenting ingredients are different. The mill I use for this yarn does not have a skeining machine, so it is a little more work, but it gives me the freedom to skein any length yarn I would like to produce. This changes the dying process and makes for loads of artistic crazy fun! I also considered re naming Farm Blend, as I am adding wools from other farms, but the yarn is still a blend. I buy from farms that treat their animals like I do. So Farm Blend seems appropriate. With the addition of their fibers, I am able to create a Farm Blend supply that lasts a little longer than if it was just my own farm production. So into the dye pots I go again today and all weekend. It's my happy place! Please take a look as i update the amounts and colors! 280 pounds to go! :)