Tuesday, September 06, 2016

It's All About the Wool, the Yarn and the Farm

Hello again!

So I mentioned in my last post (way back four months ago) that I had something exciting to share with you all.  And it's taken me this long to prepare myself to share it...ah, life, you do have a way of throwing stumbling blocks and detours our way, don't you?  But here I am again and thrilled to be able to talk a bit about what we have to offer.  Can you guess from the photo what it might be?

Yes, it's yarn!

Farm yarn.  Our farm yarn.  Completely Michigan grown, nurtured and processed.  Small farm, small batch, heirloom quality Corriedale and Corriedale cross yarns.  All natural colors. Not just single breed yarn, but yarn from a single sheep (or two).  Woolen and worsted spun!  I can't tell you how excited I am to have this worsted spun yarn, it makes my heart and my fingers sing holding it in my knitting hands!  If you've never tried Corriedale wool, this is a delightful way to treat yourself.

I want to write a little bit more about each of the yarns individually, and the sheep who have provided the wool for them, but as we've been getting questions, I'll share quickly that these lovely skeins were spun at Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan Michigan.  Each one is a 3-ply, plump sport weight.  With names like "Dunbonnet", "Breath of Snow and Ashes" (SOLD OUT) and "Gravel Road at Dark" (ONLY A FEW SKEINS AVAILABLE).  The moorit brown and the pale silver are both worsted spun yarns.  The charcoal gray is a squishy woolen spun.  There are approximately 250 yards each and if you are interested in having one of your own, the cost is $20 per skein.

I thought it would be fun to offer a sample pack.  Four Corriedale "skinnies" , junior sized skeins 50 yards each of the three foundation yarns plus one of our Corriedale~Alpaca blends (either the natural black "Murmurations" or crystal white "Wise-Woman") a total of 200 yards for $18.  
ETA: Sample packs are not available at this time as three of the yarns are sold out.  We'll offer them again as we get more yarn back from the mill!

I can't tell you how proud I am of these yarns and how happy I am to have them.  As you can imagine, there's a lot of knitting going on around here!  For that reason, these have a very limited availability.  If you're interested, I'd love for you to have some for yourself!  We accept Paypal, personal check or money order for payment.  I'm happy to ship outside the United States.  Prices listed do not include shipping.  You can reach me at serenityfarmswool at yahoo dot com with any questions and I'll be happy to give you a total with shipping and make all of the arrangements.

Happy sheep, happy yarn.


Susan Moore said...

Oh my, i am so excited for you. Yours was the very first spinning fiber i bought from a shepard and was such a wonderful introduction to spinning something beyond top. Your hand of friendship was freely offered and i knew right then that i was with my people. I have recently had to face my addiction for buying way more stuff than i need, BUT I need some of your yarn. Look at that, my resolve has lasted almost a month. Corriedale natural color colorwork mittens it shall be.
I wish you all the best my friend.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Aw, Susan, thank you for the kind words! Your lovely friendship means much to me as well, we truly are sisters of the fleece ;)

And you must share your colorwork mittens with us when they're finished

Renee McCausey said...

Cary, the yarn is just beautiful! The colors are just amazing, I can see the "soft" in the picture. I might need to do a jaunt over to pick some up:)

Jody said...

It all looks so lovely Cary :-))
Enjoy the beautiful colours of Autumn.

Goatldi said...

Rich colors I love them.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Renee, would love to have you visit, and try the yarn ;) Jody, I'm just loving the worsted spun right now (and watch for pictures soon of the TWO new Finnsheep girls!)

Goatldi, thank you for visiting the blog ~ your's is lovely as well (and I love John Wayne)

Goatldi said...

OMG! Got my order and folks you don't want to miss this. I have been dancing with fiber for over 20 years and this is without doubt some of the nicest I have held in my hand. I will certainly return for more Cary thank you!!

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Thank you so much for the kind words Terry! I'm happy you're happy ;)

Anonymous said...

You make me want to crochet again. I have spun your beautiful wool and know just what that yarn will feel like! Maybe it is time to put away my sewing machine for a while and get back to woolies. Wishing you the best always. Kathy

Country Maison (Eva Martin) said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and podcast ! What lovely yarns you have and what lovely mittens you have made and shawls !!
I have read your Fleeces and Fence Posts and it is the small things that remain in our memory, I know it may sound like something we all say but that fence you had to move once you sold the land held so many memories for you. I always find it amazing how our parents and grandparents generations made things to last a lifetime or two or three. Reading your post has made me think of a lot of things. I wished I could sheer sheep and create yarn from fleece. . . .my grandparents all worked in the countryside with farm animals and worked the land for agriculture also, that was the way back those days. My parents had to move to the city to look for work (this was in the 60's) and even though I have always lived in the city, I sometimes feel my knitting is my connection to my ancestors and to the countryside, does that make sense ? probably not :-)
it makes me happy, I'm at peace and calm when I knit. It is lovely to have met you too through the Mandarines swap (which I'm preparing and giving a lot of thought :-))
All the best,

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Dearest Eva, your thoughts make PERFECT sense! That is exactly how I feel as well, also I learned to knit alongside one of my grandmothers and so knitting brings even more of a connection to her for me.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope you will come back even after our swap is "complete" ;P