Our Trip The The Vermont Fiber Mill

At the Wooden Solider diner in Fair Haven VT

Jon and I had the most delicious egg sandwiches at the Wooden Solider Diner in Fair Haven on our way to get my wool in Brandon, VT this morning.  It’s one of those diners that never got updated, not in the past 40 or so years anyway.

At the Vermont Fiber Mill

I picked up about forty skeins of wool from the Vermont Fiber Mill.   They’re Green, Blue, Red and Purple and work beautifully together.  Red was so comfortable on the alpaca rug he didn’t want to get up to leave.

A few of Deb’s curious Alpaca’s at the Vermont Fiber Mill

The alpaca’s came out to greet us as we were leaving.  Deb and her husband raise them, and sell their wool as products or yarn.

I’ll be putting up my wool up for sale in my Etsy Shop sometime over the weekend.

 

Bringing Home The Wool

Pumpkin is a handsome wether (castrated male sheep) with the softest whisper of a “baa”.

We’re getting ahead of the snow storms predicted for the weekend and picking up my wool in Brandon Vermont this morning.  I think we’ll stop on the way at the Wooden Soldier Diner in Fair Haven Vermont for breakfast.

As always, I’m excited to see my wool, especially since I don’t even remember what colors I had it dyed this time.  I’ll post some pictures on facebook and instagram as soon as I can, and more on my blog when I get home.

Healthy Sheep

The good hay and  fresh water, the ability to graze and wander the pastures,  feeling safe and content.  I believe this is all a part of what keeps my sheep healthy and helps them grow such good wool.

I could put jackets on them to keep their wool cleaner and prevent it from fading from the sunlight, but I prefer to let them be unencumbered.  Anyway, I love to see them in their wool coats and how it grows from shearing to shearing.

We’ll  be picking up my latest batch of Bedlam Farm Wool on Friday and I’ll be putting it up for sale , in my Etsy Shop, on Monday.

Bedlam Farm Wool, Coming This Friday

Socks

I’ll be picking up my latest batch of Bedlam Farm Wool this Friday and probably putting it up of sale in my Etsy Shop the following week.

Since I don’t remember the colors I had it dyed, I can’t wait to see what it all looks like.

I won’t have as much wool as I did in the fall, but I’m glad Deb at The Vermont Fiber Mill got it done so quickly.  Wool is more appealing in the winter than it is in the spring.

 

More Bedlam Farm Wool Coming

Suzy, with Biddy in the background.

I just got an email that my latest batch of wool is ready.

I won’t have  as much as last time and I think it’s all dyed, but I can’t remember what colors.  So it will be a surprise when I pick it up.

I hope to make the trip to the Vermont Fiber Mill in a couple of weeks to get it.

Susie’s Ruana, Made With Bedlam Farm Wool

Getchen wearing the Ruana, Susie made for her.

Susie, has been buying Bedlam Farm Wool for a long time.  And she has a good collection of it all the way back to my first sheep Tess, who died some years ago.

This Christmas she used some of it to make a Ruana, “a cross between a shawl and a poncho”  for her daughter, Gretchen.

I love the way Susie, used the different shades of natural  browns, grays and white, and how they look together.

“I know you are mainly curious about how the yarn works up.” She wrote me,  “I love it!

I do like to hear what people who buy my yarn feel about working with it.  And I also love to see the pictures of what they made with it.  And just as nice is the smiles on the faces of the people who get to wear it.

Nann’s Bedlam Farm Wool Socks

The socks Nann made from Bedlam Farm Wool

“Love your sheep”  Nann wrote above the photo of the red socks she made from Bedlam Farm wool.

She posted this picture on my Facebook page, and I am just Wowed by it.  The red wool is so rich and she used some of her worsted wool she had from Liam, Kim and Rosemary from the year before for the white.

She took a photo in the perfect setting.  I can just imagine my sheep wandering up the lane behind the socks and checking them out.

My Karakul Kim

Kim is the only Karakul  sheep we have.

I got her from Daryl,   the same farmer that I got my Border Liecester’s and Cheviots from.  They’re kind of unusual around here,  they originated in Central Asia, but Daryl’s daughter has been breeding them and sold us Kim about five years ago.

They can survive in hard conditions, drought, heat and cold and store fat in their tail as a reserve.

Kim’s  wool is very different form our other sheep.  It’s long and straight and mixes well with the Border Leicester, Romney and Cheviots.  It’s also very warm and strong and is great for felting.

Karakuls are  known for their lambs pelts which are used to make hats and coats.   It’s soft and tightly curled and expensive.

Kim is a somewhat  skittish, but she’ll nose her way through the other sheep for a treat.  She has a sweet face and keeps an eye on Fate when she circles the sheep, stamping her foot if Fate gets too close.

Suzy

Suzy

If I were breeding sheep, Suzy would be the perfect sheep to breed.

She has a easy going temperament, grows large quantities of beautiful wool, (she’s a Border Leicester) and was the only one of our ewes who didn’t have any problems giving birth.

We came home one afternoon and she was standing the barn yard with her lamb (who we later named Liam) next to her.

She is also a very attentive mother.  She and Liam are still close. I will often see them paired off by themselves.

Suzy has also never had any health issues and Liam is just as healthy.  He recovered quickly as a lamb when his ribs were broken by our donkey Simon.

Donkeys are guard animals and will often see lambs, who are new to the flock, as intruders and try to run them off.  After that one incident, Simon quickly learned that the lambs were a part of Bedlam Farm.

I named Suzy, after my friend Suzy Fatzinger who is a spinner and knitter and has been making those beautiful shawls for the Bedlam Farm Open House the past few years.

I’m not exactly sure how old Suzy is, six or seven years at least. She’s one of the first sheep I got and I feel as close to her as I’ve felt to a sheep.

Thank You For Buying My Bedlam Farm Wool

Photo by Jon Katz

I never imagined I would have sold so much wool in one day.

Yesterday, when Jon took the video of me in my studio with the wool I still had available for sale, I never imagined that  I’d have only 4 skeins of yellow wool  available today.

So I’d like to thank you all for making the wool that I get from my sheep into such a success.

This last batch of wool was more than I ever processed before.   I wasn’t sure there were enough people out there who were interested in it.  But I can see that there are.

So thank you again.

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