Y&F Newletter

What's New In The Yarn Store





Ambre Bulky


Saxon Merino Bulky yarn knits fast because you use bigger needles.

4 ounces measures 140 yards and the recommended needle sizes are available, along with the yarn, at the Bulky Yarn Store.


Lamb's Wool Gray Wurple


  Black Walnut FE


Every time we dye a natural color it's as if we're dying a new color even though we've dyed the same color many times before.

What do Natural Dyes teach us, what do we respect about them—in many cases the color comes out as it wants to—?—bemused, we respect the color out of the dye bath...what can one do? Natural dyes are beautiful and ancient (dating to prehistory) and we must remember them with ancient, non-regular and pre-industrial ideas. 

That's Natural Dyes and the varied colors they produce; the variation of colors has been forgotten with modern citric dyes.

Black Walnut FE is a deep color and available in the Worsted Yarn Store. A 2 ounce skein measures 140 yards.



Lamb's Wool Black


Lace Oasis



An Ultrafine 3 Ply Lamb's Wool In A Worsted Weight 

Ultrafine Lamb's Wool Yarn
This yarn is baby-soft; it's from the finest wool we have and it is spun entirely from the lambs that were born on the property. It's Average Fiber Diameter (AFD) is 17.4 microns. A 2 ounce skein measures 140 yards. 1 skein will make a hat, 2 will make socks or mittens, 3 will make a large scarf and 8-10 will make a very soft jumper. 

Look at the many patterns for worsted weight yarns (2oz=140yd) on Ravelry.

Find this yarn in the Lamb's Wool Yarn Store.





Green Mountain Spinnery, in Vermont, twisted six strands together (which they spun) to make our singles Saxon Merino Super Bulky Yarn.

They weren't sure they could make a yarn as thick (the weight) as I wanted. David Ritchie (the proprietor of the spinnery whom I met when I was about to buy my first 5 merino sheep almost 30 years ago) was reluctant; so I said, "Try it, David..." and he did and it worked—we have a most lovely and thick Super Bulky Yarn. This is custom spun Saxon Merino yarn from the spinnery and it goes with our custom hand-dyeing of colors at the farm. 

Let's call a spade, a spade; or better, a purl stitch what it is: nowhere offshore can you get a unique weight of yarn spun like this furthermore in a unique color dyed by artisans on an American farm. Bigness is shrinking away from an economy of scale—local food led the way—back to an economy of the small that is person-sized and comfy like the knitting in your lap.

We have an advantage: we have our own sheep who are local to the land they graze, and we are small and work with small, local people who love their work. We may spin 100 pounds of this in a worsted or maybe 100 pounds of in a fingering to dye in luscious colors and we, you and I—knitter and shepherd—decide the colors of the Saxon Merino Yarn that becomes ours. 

When we looked at the colors of our Super Bulky Yarn, we realized we needed to dye lighter hues to give our color story balance. Next we'll dye a light purple and a wispy green and maybe a Pumpkin color or two, too.

All our colors are limited edition and we will continue to produce them as long as they sell.  If you don't like them and they sit around the stand at Union Square Greenmarket like drooping wallflowers then we may change the color by mixing different proportions of the same recipe, or even a new recipe, until we get the color right. We please ourselves as we please you.