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Green Mountain Spinnery

Posted 3/23/2010 7:30pm by Catskill Merino.

Gray heather yarn is back! Green Mountain has spun 30 pounds of  heather from our Saxon wool which they blend in the card: 25% of a dyed-in-the-wool black (farm dyed) with 75% of  natural white (farm raised); it's lovely—the spinnery did well—I'm pleased and it's for sale at the stand in Union Square, or you can order from the Heather Worsted department of the Yarn Store.

(Photos of gray yarn go better with onions, or any colored item.)

Right now, it's about 9 PM; I am leaving  soon for the evening lamb check; when the lambs slow down (13 lambs born so far today, about 100 newborns since 3/11) perhaps we can overdye some heather.

Posted 1/28/2009 6:21pm by Catskill Merino.

2 ply Sport Weight

New Sport Weight

We are using a new spinnery.  Green Mountain Spinnery of Putney, Vermont has spun new weights and styles of yarn for us:

  • Sport Weight—2 ply, 1500 yd./lb.
  • Lace Weight—2 ply, 2100 yd./lb.
  • Bulky Weight—1 ply, 340 yd./lb.

These yarns spun at Green Mountain are strong and well finished.  The employee/owners handle consigned wool with care and take pride in the yarns they spin.  I am pleased they have spun a new and stronger version of our most popular yarn:

  • Double Twist Worsted Weight—1 ply, 1000 yd./lb.
This Saturday we will have the new, yet to be dyed, yarns at the stand in Union Square.  We will begin dyeing it at the farm this coming week with a new line of ecologically conscious dyes from Greener Shades, along with our natural colors from Earthues.
Here are some photos I took at the spinnery of the old machinery; much of it put into service here in New England in the early 20th century but since abandoned as scrap metal by the globalized spinning industry as it chased profits south to the Carolinas, then off-shore to mainland China; that is still in good use at Green Mountain.
  The Card
Spinning Frame
 The Spinning Frame
The Skeining Machine