Monday, April 21, 2014

WinterBrook Farm & Fiber Mill

I've spent the last couple of months conspiring with my good friend Sally Harney, owner of WinterBrook Farm & Fiber Mill in Oxford, Maine.

Sally and her husband, Jim, bought their farm in 1974 and raise Romney sheep and process their wool into a soft, wonderfully fluffy roving on their 100 year old fiber mill.

I recently purchased some WinterBrook Romney roving in natural, undyed shades of chocolate, gray and buttery-white and handspun it into these light, airy aran weight skeins. These skeins are available now in my Etsy shop, and I've included photos of the sheep who contributed the wool - "Allie", "Joe", and "Angel".

I've also worked with Jim and Sally to produce some beautiful hand dyed roving. First, Sally scoured the fleece of her sweet Romney sheep, "Babyface", then I took the wool to my studio and hand dyed it. I brought it back to WinterBrook and Sally and Jim ran it through their carder in such a way as to produce this very special bi-colored roving. Romney wool is medium-fine and very easy to spin - perfect for beginners and super fast for production spinners! Here's "Juicy" and "Tide Pool". I'm selling these by the ounce.

I'm so proud to be collaborating with these hard-working farmers. And my son Konnor was happy to visit WinterBrook Farm with me the other day - who doesn't love bottle-feeding lambs??

Here's Sally - everywhere that Sally went the lambs (and dogs) were sure to go :D

And here's another new baby born on the farm this spring. I'm excited and happy to be supporting this wonderful farm and providing you all with their fibery goodness!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Denmark Sheepfest 2014

I spent a lovely afternoon recently at the Denmark Sheepfest in Denmark, Maine. Held every year on the third Saturday of April, this fun event kicks off the fiber fest season for those of us in southwest Maine. Originally organized in 1995 as a place for local shepherds to bring their sheep for shearing, it's grown over the years to include many wonderful vendors, displays and demonstrations.

There were lambs and baby goats to cuddle

And a master shearer was on hand

The sheep seemed relieved to be free of their winter coats

In the Denmark Arts Center, across the street from the shearing and skirting activities, were spinning demos

And some super impressive bobbin lace

Lots of vendors, beautiful displays and some food and drink made for a merry time for this community of fiber enthusiasts!

The next fiber event I'll be attending will be the Maine Fiber Frolic June 7 & 8 in Windsor. This is a larger event, with workshops, contests, food booths and loads of fiber vendors, entertainment for the kiddos, sheepdog demonstrations and more! I'll be peddling my wares in the rabbit barn - come by and say hello!