"You learn everything as you go. You read all you possibly can and ask a million questions, and then you make it work for you. Be kind, be generous and share what makes you happy with others."
Kelly L. Corbett -owner/shepherdess/fiberartist
Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool yarns are produced and hand-dyed in New England.
Our Farm Blend Yarns are created from a base of Romney wool combined with fibers selectively purchased from several, fellow New England fiber farms. We are proud to support local farmers by purchasing their wool.
We purchase only clean, healthy fleeces -meaning we have developed a relationship with the farmers and know that they take good care of their animals nutritionally and humanely.
Romney Ridge Farm purchases this wool, divides it by breed, and combines it by percentages of fleece-type into a wonderful light-weight woolen-spun yarn available in several weights.
This fiber is washed at RITEWAY Scouring in Waldoboro, Maine and spun at a historic New England Spinning Mill.
All of our yarns are hand-dyed using Cushing Dyes created in Maine.
Romney Sheep are to me beautiful creatures who produce stunning wool for traditionally New England yarns. If you are a spinner, may I suggest you learn on Romney? It's long, smooth fibers flow effortlessly through your fingers, creating a strong, lustrous yarn beautiful in it's natural hues or stunning in any shade of dye.
One of my favorite times of year is Spring ... when farms shear. Romney Fleeces commonly grow up 4- 5 inches in length. Romney's aren't especially "greasy" meaning heavily soaked in lanolin. An eight pound fleece can easily yield 2-3 sweaters in yardage once washed and spun. Long, lustrous, crimpy locks cover their bodies ready for the shearer's blades to free them from their year's growth.
Romney is not Merino. It is not spongey and and buttery soft. It is earthy and strong and for some not an on-the-skin yarn. But I promise you will find very few pills on your sweaters, your mittens and hats will last forever, and it will keep you warm when knit up in smaller "wind-tight" stitches as well as for those loose flowing fabrics such as wraps and ponchos. Romney wool is what Mother Nature wraps herself in tightly during New England winters, and loosely in on cool summer nights. It will never disappoint when you appreciate it's beauty and purpose. Romney is my first love, sheep & wool.
Do you sell only wool yarns?
No. Though most of our yarns are wool blends and wool based, we also carry our Unicorn Sock Yarn, a super wash merino strengthened with nylon for durability.
What size skeins do you have?
We have nice variety of skeins ranging from 50 yards for the Fair Isle knitter, to 470 yards for the sock knitter, and several sizes in between. Custom lengths in our Farm Blend -undyed can be requested.
Where do your yarns come from?
Our Farm Blend are local, meaning the fibers are sourced, and spun in New England.
Our other lines of yarns such as NIMBUS and Southport, Downeast and FAT Sheep are yarns produced int he USA as well, mostly on the east coast.
Where are your yarns spun?
Keeping my business local is very important to me. After the wool and mohair is washed at Riteway Scouring in Waldoboro, Maine, the end product and fiber content determines where the yarns are spun.
Yarns containing the shorter, fine, medium and down-type
wools are spun on the woolen system using a historic New England Mill in MA.
Longwools and Mohair are best spun using the worsted system. For these yarns I have used Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont. GMS has been spinning for me since my flock numbered ten. Both mills have high standards and work with me on each run.
What kind of dyes do you use?
After experimenting with several different companies, I am happiest with the true, bold colors created by Cushing Dyes of Kennebunk, Maine. Cushing Dyes are simple to use and require no harsh mordents, only vinegar. The dyes are rich, steadfast and easily bended. Best of all they are manufactured right here in Maine.
What environmentally friendly practices do you implement within your
All of my fibers are washed using earth friendly, biodegradable, low temperature, Power Scour which is not only environmentally friendly, but a gentle, effective cleaner of fibers. My dyeing methods keep the environment, as well as your wallet in mind. I have developed methods of recycling dye baths, using less hot water and using less fuel. All yarns are “hand-dyed and sun-dried” using only Mother Nature for drying. These methods help keep my costs down when producing my yarns which I can pass along to my customers.
When I ordered 5 skeins they came shipped in a box, when I ordered 2
then came tightly packed in a tyvek mailer, why?
I do my best to ship your yarns to you as inexpensively as possible. Since shipping is based more on size than weight, I can mail one or two skeins at a lower cost in the tyvek mailers. Yarn won’t break, so no bulky, protective packaging is required. Simply pull out your yarn and give it a shake. If you prefer your yarn is shipped in a box, please e-mail me when ordering, but be aware that the shipping costs will be higher.
Can you ship yarns packaged as a gift?
Absolutely! Just be sure to let me know when you order.
We LOVE your Knit Kits! Is it possible to change the colors you have in the kits?
Our Knitting Kits are designed around colors and the yarn which the pattern uses. May times it is the dye technique that makes the finished product unique. If you would like to change colors let us build a kit for you! Just email us with your ideas and what you would like the end result to be and let's make it together! :)
Which Needle Felting Kit is best to start with?
The SHEEP of course! :) Our kits are designed with full color concise instructions and all of the wools and tools you need to assure success in your project! The SHEEP KIT is the most basic design teaching you a little "Needle Felting 101" skills to then allow you to move on to the next designs!
Do you teach Classes?
Sure do! You can find all the information you need for booking a variety of classes on our BOOK A CLASS page!