Bedlam Farm Wool For Sale

Robin’s Bulky Wool, Suzy and Lori’s Gray wool, and Constance’s Black wool on the end.  The white and dyed wool is from Merricat, Liam and Kim.

I just posted the wool I still have available in my Etsy Shop.  Each skein is 200 yards and it’s 3 ply worsted.  Each skein is $27 + shipping.

The white and dyed wool comes from Merricat, Liam and Kim.  It’s a combination of Romney, Border Leicester and Karakul.  Constance gave me 14 skeins of black Romney wool.  That’s a lot of wool for a little sheep.  I also have natural gray wool from Lori and Suzy. That’s a combination of Romney and Border Leciester.  I made Robin’s black wool into a bulky yarn.

The lilac wool sold out quickly.   Because I didn’t shear all the sheep I do have less wool than usual and it’s selling quickly.  I sold almost half of it to the people on my wool list.  (you can get on my wool list by simply sending me an email)

You can see all the wool I still have available in my Etsy Shop. Just click here.

This Summer’s Bedlam Farm Wool

The frist is Robin’s Bulky black yarn.  The rest of the yarn is 3 ply worsted.  Constance’s black yarn is on the end, and the gray between the blue and lavender is Lori and Suzy’s.  The rest is from my white sheep, Merricat, Liam and Kim. I’ll be putting it all up for sale in my Etsy Shop tomorrow.

I lay on my back in bed, four giant purple eggs on either side of me.  One next to each arm, where I got my covid booster and Flu shot, the other two by my feet.

The eggs vanished when I woke up, but the pain they seemed to be pinpointing was still there. My whole body ached, including my skin, but the parts where I have arthritis, my feet, and wrist, hurt even more.  It didn’t make for a restful night, but at least I knew it was just the effects of the covid booster.  That it wouldn’t last long.

And it didn’t, the next day I was tired and my body still ached a bit, but not so much that I couldn’t make the trip to Vermont to get my wool.  It’s true that Jon drove most of the way and when I got home I did little more than sleep and read Louise Erdrich’s new book The Sentence.

(It’s about a book store run by Native American women and haunted by a former customer. I’m guessing there are a few people reading this that the book might appeal to as much as it does to me.)

But today I’m feeling myself again.  I have emails out to the people on my wool list.  They get first choice.  (To get on my wool list all you have to do is email me and ask)  They’re usually good at getting back to me quickly, so I’ll be putting the wool that is still available up for sale in my Etsy Shop tomorrow.

I knew I was going to have a lot of black wool this time so I dyed the white wool colors that I thought would go nicely with the blacks and gray.  Constance gave me 14 skeins of black wool, that’s a lot from one sheep. I made Robin’s first wool into bulky yarn, instead of 3 ply worsted because a faithful buyer of my wool asked if I could and I thought it a good idea.

I also got 33 oz of roving, which will make 33 dryer balls.  I’ll be working on them this week.

Each skein of yarn is 200 yards and they’re $27 each + shipping.  My Dryer Balls are 3 for $15 +$7 shipping. You can also email me at [email protected] if you’re interested in any of the yarn or my dryer balls.

That’s Liam looking at the camera, to his left is Kim, Issachar,Constance, Robin, Suzy, Lori, and  Asher next to Liam again.  Pumpkin and Biddy are in the back and that’s Merricat and just a bit of Socks at the other feeder. 

My Wool Is Ready

Robin

I could hardly believe it when I got the email from Deb at the Vermont Fiber Mill that my wool is all done.  This will be the first time I’ll have Robins wool to sell.  I made it into a bulky wool, which means it’s thicker than the 3 ply worsted I usually get.  If I remember correctly I dyed some of the white wool from Merricat and Liam lilac and some a light blue along with keeping some white.

I hope to pick the wool up on Saturday, I’m just waiting to hear back from Deb to see if that works for her.

I don’t usually have two batches of wool to sell in one season, but winter is a  good time for working wool.  And if I get it in my Esty Shop quickly (which I usually do) it can be just in time for Christmas.

Two Of Suzy’s Shawls In Process

Suzy’s wool for a new shawl.

As I wrote yesterday Suzy is working on some new shawls.  She sent me these photos of the wool combinations she’s planning on using.  You can see the blue and purple or Tanzanite locks in the lower right corner.  And she’s already spun two of the purples, one mixed with white, but she still has to spin the green roving.

I’m already thinking African violets and lilacs.

In the bottom photo, you can see Suzy’s next shawl on her knitting needles in process.  The handspun yarn has so much character and adds a texture you can’t get with machine-spun yarn.  Notice the light blue locks.  They look like they’re spun into the white wool.  I’ll have to ask Suzy if that’s correct or if she knits them in.

Now I’m trying to imagine what each of these shawls will look like.

My Friend Suzy

Sam and Isaac hanging out with Rose and Fanny and Lulu at Old Bedlam Farm in 2009

I can see it so clearly in my mind that I was sure there was a photo of me and Suzy sitting on the front step at Old Bedlam Farm the first time we met. It was 2009 and Jon had invited Suzy Fatzinger, her husband Joe, and their two sons, Isaac and Sam to the farm.

I don’t remember the story of how exactly that came to be, but I know it had something to do with Issac and the Yankees.

Jon and were together for about a year at the time and he told me about Suzy and thought we’d get along.  I was recently divorced and had lost a lot of my friends in the process as often happens. So I was eager to find new ones.  A lot of people went through our lives in those days, but few of them stuck.

Suzy is one who did.

I don’t remember what we talked about that first day.  I didn’t have sheep at the time, but I do remember being very comfortable with Suzy. Since Suzy and her family live in Pennsylvania, I imagine we kept in touch through email.  But again, I have little memory of those early conversations.

I remember that Suzy made the effort to keep in touch. Even showing up at one of the few craft fairs I attended early on when she and her family were vacationing nearby.

Eventually, texting made communication easier and I came to realize, over a conversation about crayons, that Suzy and I viewed feelings about things like colors and textures in a similar way.  When I got sheep I named one after Suzy and we began talking animals and wool as well as creativity.

Suzy brought her spinning wheel to one of the first Bedlam Farm Open Houses and spun her wool through the weekend.  She began by selling hats and cowls. Over the years she moved on to fingerless gloves, scarves, and shawls.

I sometimes forget that there are always new people coming to my blog and they don’t the whole story.   So when a couple of people contacted me, curious about Suzy and her shawls, I thought I’d write a little about her and our friendship.

I didn’t realize that Suzy and I had been friends for so long till I looked on Jon’s blog for a photo. I thought there might be one of Suzy and me together.  I didn’t find one, but I did find Jon’s blog post about the Fatzinger’s first visit to the farm with the picture of Sam and Isaac. (Rose uncharacteristically let Isaac pet her).

I know I was, in many ways, a different person in 2009 when I first met Suzy.  But I think our friendship grew as I did.  So in a way, she got to know me as I got to know my true self. And apparently, she likes the person I’ve become. Or maybe she always saw me for who I really am.

I do love working with Suzy.  It’s always a creative joy when she sends me photos of her shawls and I get to delve into their essence and write about what I see in each one.

Suzy has a few more shawls for sale that I’ll be posting for sale in the next couple of weeks.  I know one of them has some gorgeous purple wool in it because she sent me a video of it drying on her porch.  And she also has some blue and purple locks called Tanzanite (like the gemstone) that she got at the Rhinebeck Fiber Festival which will end up in a shawl too.

But that’s all I know for now.  I’ll just have to wait, like everyone else, till she sends me a photo to see what beauty she creates next.

You can click here to see some of the shawls Suzy has made in the past.

No Llama Wool This Spring

I had quite a few people who wanted Vanilla’s llama wool.

Unfortunately, it was too long for Deb at the Vermont Fiber Mill to process.  So I won’t have any llama wool in the spring.  But thanks to Susan, one of my long-time readers and fan of my wool as well as Carol’s art, Vanilla’s wool will not go to waste.  She is happy to have the wool to  try out some new ideas with.

It makes me happy to know that Vanilla’s fleece will be used well.

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