Thursday, April 16th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn, New Yarn | No Comments »
We are ecstatic to be offering Romney Ridge Farm Blend, a small artisanal yarn from Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farm (the same impressive force behind the enchanting Romney Ridge Felting kits). So why are we touting this new addition?
In this day and age of mass production there is something so special about things created with care and lovingly crafted. We seek out products made by such artisans, and their honesty, integrity, and the beauty of their products, enrich our lives in so many ways.
We are fortunate in Maine to work with many. Whether it be handcrafted spinning stools from Paul Baines or hand dyed fiber from Pine Star Studio, we’re strong supporters of artisans embracing a lifestyle and creating products which embody “Maine – the way life should be”. By the way, join us this August 2 – 7 for FiberME to see many wonderful examples!
This brings us back full circle to Romney Ridge Farm Blend Yarn. In Kelly’s journey to create this gorgeous hand dyed, unique-from-the-farm yarn she’s remained true to the values and principals that keep her so well grounded. From choosing the fiber, sourcing the fleeces, spinning and dyeing the wool, every step of the process has been carefully thought out and crafted.
Having raised Romney sheep for years it’s no wonder she’s such a big fan and why Romney was the natural choice for her first breed specific yarn. The fleece has wonderful crimp and when woolen spun creates a lofty yarn with a good balance between resilience and softness. Being an airy dk weight, it has great elasticity with a fairly flexible gauge. It’s absolutely stunning in knitted fair isle work. Kelly is careful to select only quality Romney fleeces from New England Farms where the sheep are “happy sheep”. The wool is minimally processed and spun at a New England mill. The base fibers blend into a soft oatmeal grey yarn which over dyes beautifully into rich, heathery colors Kelly hand dyes herself. The look of Romney Ridge Farm Blend Yarn will certainly catch your attention, but its story will captivate your heart. Give it a knit, give it a weave and if you do, remember Kelly’s words…
“You will hold in your hands something much more unique than any mass produced product could ever offer you and perhaps you too will develop a passion for something gentle and sweet that grows and gives back to the earth.”
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