ABOUT THE WOOLS | “Bring Home the Colors of the Catskills™”

What Type of Fibers
Do You Use?

Locally Sourced Alpaca

Icelandic Sheep

Shetland Sheep

Jacobs Sheep

Delaware County, New York State is home to small flocks of sheep and alpacas.  The Catskill Mountains terrain is compact enough and the weather of winter/spring-summer/fall are comparable to the terrain and weather of these animals’ original landscapes.  I enjoy meeting these breeders and their animals whose fleeces she uses in dyeing, spinning, and weaving. 

Barbara, alpaca breeder and owner of Twin Ponds Farm (Bloomville, NY — www.facebook.com/twinpondsfarm) handles the washing and carding processes of their fleeces into fine roving.  Spinning these soft fibers is a delight.  She sent me this photo of  Jethro (black fleece) and Rose (white fleece), whose fleeces I use in scarves and winter head bands.    

The alpaca fleece in the adjoining photo is Susan’s Buffalo Bill, and you can see the silver tips as well as the rich black color.

This is a ball of dark brown/black roving from Icelandic sheep.  I had selected the ewe at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival several years ago, and then when I brought it, along with 7 Shetland greys and creams fleeces, and 3  Jacobs fleeces, to be cleaned and processed into roving, the staff at Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool in Red Hook, NY recognized it immediately!!  which was very exciting.   This photo is one of their ewes, and maybe the owner of that fleece.

Shetland fleeces are my first choice, and the spun wools are practical for shawls, winter wraps, and scarves, as well as for lap blankets and blankets.  In these two adjoining photos, you see cream roving and light grey roving.

I have also blended Shetland roving with alpaca to get a softer fiber for clothing that goes against the skin.   I plan to experiment with the Jacquard Acid Dyes on the grey Shetland roving to obtain shades.

Jacobs Fleece is a spotty fleece, and can range within one animal from cream to pale greys or browns to darker tones.  I bought three white and grey/black fleeces, which were blended together in the cleaning and processing into a light grey roving, and is a delight to spin.

What Colors
Are Available?

The Jacquard Acid Dyes listed below are in my stock and available for your custom orders 1-2lbs wool.   Dyes used on cream roving provide the pure hue of the dye color, while dyes used on light or dark grey rovings  provide a shade or tone of the dye color.  Consider as an example when you color with crayons on construction papers that are white, grey, beige how the hue of the crayons is modified.

602 Bright Yellow

603 Golden Yellow

636 Gold Ochre

607 Salmon

608 Pink

611 Vermillion

616 Russet

618 Fire Red

612 Lilac

613 Purple

615 Periwinkle

622 Sapphire Blue

625 Royal Blue

626 Navy Blue

629 Emerald

630 Spruce

631 Teal

To get vibrant colors from natural botanical sources, (Queen Anne’s Lace, Black Eyed Susans, Black Walnut shells, onion skins, carrot tops), I need to use harmful metallic chemicals like Iron, Copper, and Tin which are toxic for my spring-sourced drinking water.  Alum and Distilled Vinegar are safer to use both in my kitchen (in designated canning equipment) and in my water.

Contact me for color availability, custom dye color orders, and spun wool or alpaca quantities of 2lb or more — Please Note: approximately 6 week delivery depending upon what is or is not in inventory .

I encourage knitters and crocheters to buy more than they might need: yardage amounts by weight will differ in my handspun yarns from commercially spun fibers AND I do not guarantee matching their purchased wools with a new dye and spun batch.

However, check out my SPECIAL DISCOUNTS on yarns you order.

What Is the
Wool Thickness?

Delaware County Shetland wools, 2ply 3oz hand spun
come in the following thicknesses:

Fine – approximately 150-160 yards; Needle Size 3, Crochet Hook Size A-D;
Gauge 4″ Stockinette:  25 cast on x 20 rows;  Gauge 4″ Single Crochet: 20 chain x 16 rows

Medium – approximately 130-150 yards; Needle Size 7, Crochet Hook Size  G-H;    Gauge 4″ Stockinette:  20 cast on x 16 rows;   Gauge 4: Single Crochet:  15 chain x 12 rows.

Heavy – approximately 100-130 yards; Needle Size 10-11, Crochet Hook Size K-L;  Gauge 4″ Stockinette: 16 cast on x 14 rows;  Gauge 4″ Single Crochet: 12 chain on x 10 rows

Bulky – approximately 50-75 yards; Needle Size 15-17, Crochet Hook Size N-Q;  Gauge 4″ Stockinette: 10 cast on x 8 rows;  Gauge 4″ Single Crochet:  8 chain on x 6 rows.

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