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Inadvertent Precision

I was a bit surprised to look down and see that the colorway I was spinning (Bright Open Sky, November TOMC) matched my clothes. (Maybe I should just be surprised it doesn’t happen more often…!)

bright open sky


Add comment November 23rd, 2015

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

hitchhiker tomato medley

I was able to knit a few rows on my Hitchhiker at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market this morning.

We’ve been doing a Behm-Along in our Ravelry group. You can get a look at the range of beautiful Martina Behm patterns here. I’m almost half-way through! (The colorway way is Tomato Medley; it is BFL and I spun it into 450 yards plus of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.)


Add comment November 21st, 2015

Bright Open Sky, November Top of the Month Club 2015

Red is in me right now; red is in me and all around me; red leaves and red apples, red fires and red sunsets. Outside of me is blue; blue sky and more blue sky, startling me with its intensity and absolutely startling next to red. Introducing Bright Open Sky, our November Top of the Month Club!



The wool this month is Finn Top! It has taken an entire year to get more Finn wool in stock; if you haven’t spun Finn before, you are in for a treat! The micron count of this Finn is in the same 25 micron range as our BFL, so you can use it for both outer garments and garments that are going to be worn closer to the skin. Finn has a satiny luster that gives the yarn an inner glow. The fiber itself is open and easy to spin and makes yarn with lots of body, whether your yarn is thick, thin, or in-between.


We are back to Merino/SuperwashMerino/TussahSilk (40/40/20) this month. I love the easy drafting and the multiple layers of color that happen with this blend!


And Dark Sky against Bright Open Sky? Delicious!

Happy Spinning everyone!

Add comment October 25th, 2015

Maple Leaf Rag, October Top of the Month Club 2015

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!

Add comment October 6th, 2015

Summer’s Chrysalis, September Top of the Month Club 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!


3x1 Summer's Chrysalis BFLTS


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.


3x1 summer's chrysalis smerino

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!


1x2 September Sky

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!

Add comment August 24th, 2015

Hot and Sweet, August Top of the Month Club 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

Add comment August 24th, 2015

Clear Light Dawning, July Top of the Month Club 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!

Add comment August 24th, 2015

June’s Glow: June Top of the Month Club, 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!


June Glow red flowers 6040

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!


junesglow red flowers bfl

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

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!

Warm regards,
Mary Ann and Stephen

Add comment June 22nd, 2015

Spring in My Heart: May Top of the Month Club, 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.

3x1 Springinmyhearttarghee

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.


2x1 Dusk Violet targheemswmts


Add comment June 22nd, 2015

Top of the Month Club, February 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.

3x1 TOMC Feb Sweet Pea BFL

The wool/silk blend is Merino/Tussah Silk. The tussah silk in this blend has been dyed black.

3x1 TOMC Feb Sweet Pea

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.

bouquet of tulips mbfl mts

May the dark days of your winter be filled with color, light, and love!

Happy Spinning everyone!

With Love, Stephen & Mary Ann


Add comment February 12th, 2015

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