Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Meet and Greet the Sheep - At Suzy the Shepherdess' Farm

Me and my new friend.
I've known Suzy the Shepherdess for many years, and we carry her 100% wool yarn in our store, but I just recently went out to her farm to meet her sheep!

Suzy is a knitter and a historian.  She knits with vintage patterns, and when she wasn't able to find historically accurate wool yarn to recreate historic garments, she got some sheep and made her own yarn!  She raises historic breeds of sheep on her small farm using 19th century farming methods, and then the wool is processed on a mill made early in the 20th century that uses the same milling methods that have been in use since the 1760s. 

The Shepherdess Shawl
The result is a 100% wool yarn that works great for historic projects and modern items both.  I just designed a new shawl pattern (called the Shepherdess Shawl, of course!) with Suzy's fingering yarn.  I love the way the fine wool drapes!  Bonus:  You get the pattern for free when you buy three skeins of Suzy's fingering yarn before July 31st!  The Shepherd's Hat is a worsted wool hat great to wear while hearding sheep - or while doing anything on a cold winter morning in the midwest!  We also have two of Suzy's historic pattern kits - the Pennsylvania Mitten is based of a pair of mittens originally knit between 1750 and 1820, and the Shepherdess Wristlet (a fingerless glove) is based on a pattern published in 1838.  We've had the Stockton Socks kit for many years - no lace, no scallops, just a good honest sock! 

You can see some awesome project pictures made with Suzy's yarn on Ravelry


Suzy's natural wool colors.
Suzy's yarn is undyed - the white, gray and oatmeal yarn is made by blending together the wool of her white, gray, black and brown sheep.

I love the artistry of dying wool, so I dyed some of Suzy's.  While supplies last, we have Suzy's yarn hand-dyed in earthy Terra Cotta, Copenhagen Blue, Orchid, Purple, Gray Grass and Golden Brown.  Yummy!

Drop me a line if you need any help!

Amy

The Fiber Wild! crew - Karen, Vera, Wendi, Nicki (holding a black lamb),
Sean (the only one with a beard), Me and Suzy.

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