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As the winter morning sun crests the tree tops, sunlight rakes across the field, turning the grass green-gold and lighting the holly tree. The waxy leaves glint bright green where the sun strikes them, but they remain dark green inside the canopy where they are out of the sun’s reach. The bare deciduous trees are gold in the light, but from behind, they are black, as if drawn with India ink.
Everything before me is green and gold and black. I hear the cry of a bluejay and the call of a cardinal; as I look up I see them vanish, one behind the other, into the holly tree to look for berries. Welcome to Birds in the Holly, our January 2016 Top of the Month Club!
Our wool this month is Rambouillet!!! Rambouillet sheep were developed in France by crossing merino stock with long-wooled sheep; they were introduced into the US in the mid 1800’s. They thrive in the western rangelands of the United States, which is where this Rambouillet originates. Fine and springy like merino, this fiber will spin into a next-to-the-skin-soft yarn with plenty of bounce.
Our wool/silk blend this month is Polwarth/Tussah Silk, 85/15. Easier to spin than merino, Polwarth has a bouncy feel and a matte glow which gleams with the addition of tussah silk.
Holly Green is our tonal companion colorway this month.
January 1st, 2016
There is no stopping it; we are sliding into the dark heart of the year. As a hedge against the darkness, I teach myself to recognize its beauty.
Looking to the west at sunset, I see the trees on the horizon, black outlines against the lingering golden red sunlight. At the same time, the sky above darkens into multiple shades of violet twilight; there is so much pleasure in this Lingering Light.
Our wool this month is Targhee! Targhee is one of the newest sheep breeds. It was developed in Idaho from crosses of Rambouillet (highly crimped, very soft), Corriedale (moderately crimped and moderately soft), and Lincoln (long, lustrous, coarse curls.) This US grown wool is very soft at 23 microns, with lots of muted luster.
The wool/silk blend this month is Merino/TussahSilk, 80/20. This is a great blend that spins into a bouncy yarn with a silk gleam.
The companion tonal colorway is Violet Twilight.
January 1st, 2016
Maple trees are a spectacular part of our fall leaf display. The green maple leaves gradually shift to bright yellow and then mellow into gold before they deepen to orange and then finally intensify into a fanfare of reds. As vivid as these colors are, the change from color to color is barely perceptible. Day after day, these blazing leaves defy the passage of time, until the early November rains bring them all down. Introducing the Maple Leaf Rag!
The wool this month is Falkland, the bright white wool from the Falkland Islands. The Falkland breed is a cross of Polwarth, Corriedale, and Merino sheep. Measuring 26 microns, this wool is crimped but still open and easy to spin; it will spin into a plump, resilient, bouncy yarn.
The wool/silk blend this month is Polwarth/TussahSilk, in a 60/40 combination. The extra silk in this luxe blend will give your yarn spectacular glow and shine.
We have two companion colorways this month, Maple Sugar (left) and Sun-Dried Grapes (right.) The companion colorways are available through both the Etsy shop and through the link in your shipping notice to our webshop.
Have a lovely October and Happy Spinning to you!
October 6th, 2015
September is such an in-between time here in our part of the world. High summer is quietly transforming itself into something new. Clear sky is emerging from the summer haze as spots of gold appear on the sycamore trees. Beside the summer-bleached woodpile, the goldenrod is in full bloom. The blue-green-gold of late summer heralds summer’s transformation into fall. Welcome to Summer’s Chrysalis, our September TOMC!
Our wool/silk blend this month is Blueface Leicester/Tussah Silk, a 75/25 blend. BFL of course needs no introduction; it has enormous luster and is open and easy to spin. The silk in this blend adds luxe to the infinite pleasures of BFL. This fiber will spin into fantastic yarn at almost any grist.
Our wool this month is Superfine Merino. At 19 microns, this wool is incredibly soft. It loves to be spun fine with lots of twist but it also loves to coil and beehive! If you haven’t spun merino before, you are in for a treat!
The tonal this month is September Sky. It is available by pre-order through the webshop and through the Etsy shop!
Stay Cool and Happy Spinning!
August 24th, 2015
Baby it’s red-hot outside! Lately, we’ve had temperatures in the nineties, and some days the thermometer says 100 degrees. This heat can be hard for us to bear, but the tomatoes love these sultry days; they take the heat and turn it into luscious color and tangy sweetness.
A quick tour through the farmers’ market shows a parade of colorful tomatoes: dirty-red-brown and chocolate-red Cherokee Purples, sweet red and pink Brandywines, marbled red and orange German tomatoes, vivid red-orange cherry Sungolds, and redder-than-red Big Beefs and Celebrity tomatoes.
Welcome to our August TOMC: beat the heat with Hot and Sweet!
The wool this month is Corriedale! Corriedale is one of the most popular breeds of sheep. This top is approximately 28 microns, open and moderately crimped, and it is easy to draft and spin into almost any weight of yarn. It is also great for felting.
The wool/silk this month is Polwarth/Silk 85/15. Polwarth is such a favorite: it spins into a yarn with spectacular body, and the gleaming tussah silk adds eye-catching gloss.
The companion tonal colorway this month is Eggplant. It is available by pre-order through the webshop and the Etsy shop.
Stay cool and Happy Spinning!
Mary Ann and Stephen
August 24th, 2015
The early summer heat has been unusually intense here and in order to enjoy time outdoors, I go outside just before the sun rises. The pre-dawn is cool and I like to sit and watch as night becomes day; a special sight awaits me then.
It is dark when I first go outside, but as the sun nears the horizon, faint shadows appear under the trees. Light slowly fills the dark sky as the landscape gradually assumes its daytime colors. When the first ray of sunlight strikes the oak tree’s crown, the rest of the farm is still swathed in that special clear light of dawn. This is the moment I have been waiting for: welcome to Clear Light Dawning, our colorway for the July Top of the Month Club.
We return to Organic Polwarth for our wool selection this month! This fabulously soft (22 microns) and incredibly white wool is certified organic and is from the Falkland Islands. Crimped but open, this Polwarth is easy to spin and will make a yarn with plenty of body.
The wool/silk blend this month is Merino/Silk, 80/20. A perennial favorite, this fiber will spin into a yarn with plenty of bounce that gleams with tussah silk.
The companion colorway this month is Dawn Sky.
Warm(est!) regards and Happy Spinning to you!
August 24th, 2015
In the beginning of June, the impatiens under the maple tree are beginning to fill their tub. As the impatiens grow, they brighten the shade with fervent ardor. Smoldering shades of red, pink, and coral combine with shades of orange, melon, and vermillion: welcome to June’s Glow!
This month’s TOMC features a special deluxe wool/silk blend: 60/40 Polwarth/TussahSilk. The extra silk heightens the two-tone color effect that is prized in wool/silk blends. This fiber will give your yarn spectacular glow and shine!
For the wool club, Blueface Leicester returns. We can find no adequate words for BFL; we fail in our attempts to describe the compelling luster, the easy spin-ability, and the broad range of yarns that are possible to produce from this fiber.
Red Flowers is our companion colorway this month!
The photos this month simply cannot do justice to this colorway; the predominance of reds and oranges is more than a camera can capture! We can’t wait to see how you all spin up June’s Glow and we look forward to seeing your photos in the Ravelry SAL thread and on Instagram!
Have a glorious, glowing month of June and Happy Spinning to you all!
Mary Ann and Stephen
June 22nd, 2015
I love the longer days and the warmer weather! Flowers dot the landscape and there are real leaves on almost all the trees — even the pecan trees have baby leaves on them now. Pale green-golds together with bright new greens sweep against the ever-changing sky. The vault of the sky over our farm has been clear shades of deep blue for most of April, but before a storm, it turns a dark and murky green-blue; at almost every evening, we see the lavender-blue-blacks of dusk.
Welcome to Spring in My Heart, dyed on Targhee and Merino/SuperwashMerino/TussahSilk.
Targhee is one of the newest sheep breeds. Developed in Idaho, the Targhee breed comes from cross of Rambouillet (highly crimped, very soft), Corriedale (moderately crimped and moderately soft), and Lincoln (long, lustrous curls.) This US grown wool is very soft — a fabulous 23 microns — with lots of muted luster.
For the wool/silk blend this month we have our best-beloved blend of Merino/SuperwashMerino/TussahSilk (40/40/20.) As a dye artist, I am wild about the three layers of color that this blend gives, and as a spinner, I love how the superwash merino and silk both help the fibers slide past each other when drafting. With plenty of nuanced color combined with easy drafting, this blend is delightful indeed!
The companion colorway this month is Dusk Violet.
June 22nd, 2015
One of winter’s pleasures is the colored sky of fantastic lingering sunsets. We are moving out of winter (and I’m not so sorry about that!) but I will miss the fantastic colors of the Late Winter Sunset.
The wool this month is Corriedale! Corriedale is one of the most popular breed of sheep. This top is approximately 28 microns, open and moderately crimped, and it is easy to draft and spin into almost any weight of yarn. It is also great for felting.
We are back to Polwarth/Silk 85/15, for our wool/silk blend. Polwarth is such a favorite: it spins into a yarn with spectacular body, and the gleaming tussah silk adds eye-catching gloss.
The companion colorway for March is Raspberry Coffee.
March 23rd, 2015
In our neck of the woods, optimistic gardeners plant their spring peas on Valentine’s day. It sounds crazy I know, but peas love soil that is moist and cool. With the lengthening days and increasing warmth, it is possible to get lucky with this earliest-of-early plantings.
I’m pretty sure that Valentine’s Day is not all that different from the extra-early-planting-of-peas. Optimistically sending cards, chocolates, and flowers, we hope that our expressions of love will bear fruit, bringing warmth and light to winter’s darkness.
With these musings in mind, I introduce Sweet Pea, my ode to love and to L. Odoratus, otherwise known as Sweet Peas, those graceful climbing flowers of early spring with pink, purple, and white flowers which possess an intoxicating and unforgettable scent.
Both of the wools this month are swirls of white and dark wool which add depth and complexity to finished yarn.
The wool this month is Mixed BFL, a swirl of ecru white and brown wool.
The wool/silk blend is Merino/Tussah Silk. The tussah silk in this blend has been dyed black.
The companion colorway is Bouquet of Tulips, which is available both through the secret link in your shipping notice and our Etsy shop. Bouquet of Tulips is a gradient colorway, dyed in thirds.
May the dark days of your winter be filled with color, light, and love!
Happy Spinning everyone!
With Love, Stephen & Mary Ann
February 12th, 2015