Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Lamb Camp Legacy Yarn

After we got Baaxter back under control, I was able to get a couple really sweet pictures of the sheep with the new yarn.  

I always wonder how much they understand  I know they understand that getting sheared makes them feel a lot better, but do they know that what's in the basket is the wool from their backs?

Or their kids backs?  Rocky was very, very interested in the yarn.

Remember when I threw Rocky under the bus for being a spoiled sport about getting his picture taken?  Jared...  This is as close to the yarn as he'd get and it was just for a split (and blurry) second.

"Dudes, I don't know nothin'  about that yarn.  I'm just here for the ladies...and the cookies."

So this is the Lamb Camp....Legacy yarn.  It's a limited edition, small batch run, spun from some of the nicest lambs sired by Nistock Farm's Rocky and Jared when they were working over at Tring Farm, before they retired over here.

The yarn is a really versatile DK weight and I think it would be suitable for almost anything, except possibly socks...but I'm not a sock expert, so I could be wrong.  It's comfy and soft, but still has some texture and feels like actual wool.  I'll stop here before I say something disparaging about over processed merino... ;-).

Rocky and Jared are Cotswold crosses and the mommas are crosses of North Country Cheviots and Polypays and maybe a little Dorset, so the blend is a lovely mix of crimpy down type wool with a lovely longwool drape and luster.  I love the natural colors and the soft sheepy feel.  It really is beautiful.

Each washed skein measures 250 yards and the two grays weigh around 3.5 ounces and the white weighs almost 4 ounces, so it's on the heavier end of DK weight.  I can also wind off skeins without washing, for weavers.  Unwashed skeins are measured at 262 yards to account for shrinkage.

I've knit the three color sample and dyed and knit the Forest for the Trees hat.  I've also woven a dollhouse rug  with it for a friend.  I enjoyed each project and am very happy with this fun and useful yarn.  I'm also getting ready to start a small cable project, too, you know...for marketing purposes ;-).

Speaking of marketing, each skein is $18.  And it often goes without saying, but buying this yarn supports not just our farm and sheep, but also Tring Farm, who raised these legacy lambs, and Stonehedge Fiber Mill, who spun the yarn, and our sheep shearers, our veterinarians, our local feed mill,  our hay and straw producers...  (In case you were needing a way to justify breaking your New Year's Resolution to not buy more yarn ;-D.)

By the way (more marketing) there are still about a dozen Equinox Farm calendars and 4 Lamb Camp calendars left in case anyone is still needing a 2020 calendar!  We are no longer able to recycle paper here (do not get me started!) so I'd love to find them good homes.  Sale prices $10 (farm) and $8 (Lamb Camp).

As always, if you are interested in making a purchase, it's as simple as just sending me an email.  More details at our farm shop page :-).  Thanks!


Anchor Cottage said...

Dear Sylvia, Please buy the yarn and knit socks for us. I'll bake you a chocolate cake!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

My concern with socks is that there is no nylon blended in and/or the twist is softer than it should be to make durable socks. However, it's been mentioned to me that if you knit your socks at a tighter gauge, that helps compensate for the softer yarn. Also, the Cotswold in the blend does make it more durable than something with less "character".

I'd rather knit a sweater than socks any day so I'm no expert ;-). Let me know if you try it!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I am not much of a sock knitter but yes you would have to add some nylon to it...they have it in yarn stores in different colors. You could make bed socks! That is one beautiful basket of yarn and I liked seeing your green grass!

Lady Locust said...

I too love the natural colors and real wool. I totally agree with what you didn't say about over-processed. . . .😉 So funny how they react to their own fluff.

Katie C. said...

I love the colors 😃 I read your blog all the time and follow you on Facebook. Now, if my knitting skills would just improve ...

Anonymous said...

very interesting about the paper recycling ... we can still recycle paper, but not glass, as of about 2 months ago. i think some towns closer to big cities (e.g., cleveland, pittsburgh) can still recycle glass. but not us in the boonies. --suz in NE ohio

Sheepmom said...

Great photos, as always. The yarn feels amazing! Can't wait to pick a project for it. Tell the boys they did a good job!


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