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Posted 12/23/2008 1:37pm by Catskill Merino.
John gave Lois yarn, and she told Joel, and he told Patricia and she included the yarn in her column Real Style which  appears every Sunday via Universal Press Syndicate in 100 subscribing newspapers with a combined circulation of 60 million readers.
Thank you John, Lois, Joel and Patricia and Happy Holidays to readers everywhere.

Patricia McLaughlin/RealStyle

Thanks to the Internet, it’s never too late to do your holiday shopping  

Last-minute Christmas

PM/Real Style

Sixteen of the 30 colors of vegetable-dyed worsted merino knitting yarn available from Catskill Merino
As you’ve probably noticed, lots of people are recommending homemade Christmas presents this year as both more personal and less expensive than store-bought ones. Fat lot they know. Have you checked out yarn prices lately? The other day a friend sent me a link to the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm -- http://www.catskill-merino.com/store/6 -- which sells merino wool yarn hand-dyed with vegetable dyes. I concluded that, with difficulty, I might be able to winnow the 30 luscious shades available down to 10 absolute favorites that would knit up into a splendid striped shawl—but at $16 per 2-ounce skein, that’s still $160. Also, I’m a slow knitter. I might get that shawl done by next Christmas, or the one after, but not this one. Which, come to think of it, is all the more reason to invest in fine yarn if you can:  Who wants to waste whole years of your life on dimestore acrylic? Also all the more reason this yarn would make a welcome present to a knitter on your list. (And even if you’ve left it to the very last minute, you can order a gift certificate by email.)
PS Patricia, I love your line: "Who wants to waste whole years of your life on dimestore acrylic?"  I have a friend who publishes a weekly upstate New York and I'll mention your column to him.  Thanks again.
Posted 12/11/2008 3:09pm by Catskill Merino.
Available all year round.  Sheep don't celebrate holidays which is another way of saying that everyday is a special day for sheep.
Email me & tell me how much yarn or lamb you want to give & to whom, Google Checkout will invoice you and I will email a gift certificate to the recipient to be presented at the stand or via email along with any personal note you wish. 
Simon Huntley, the web wizard behind the curtain here at Small Farm Central, and I will be working to develop a more sophisticated gifting functionality in the coming days.