Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival was a winner all the way around. The weather was pretty stormy, but the fiber fanatics turned out in droves and buy did they buy fiber from us. The Spinning Fiber category has been updated and is back on-line. You will notice that there are several new Sold Out signs and the inventory went down tremendously all over. It’s a good thing we have more fleeces at Ohio Valley Natural Fibers being processed. The Consignment spindles still need to be updated and I’ll get them back online asap.
Thank you Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival for putting on a fantastic fiber fair and thank you to everyone who came out. You guys are the best!!!
Sandy and I will be vending at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this weekend, so the shop will be off line beginning the morning of May 15th through the evening of May 18th. If there is anything you want, get it before the 15th because it might be gone by the time I get the shop back online. We usually sell out of a lot of the fiber at Kentucky.
If you are going to be in the Lexington area over the weekend, come to the festival and shop. There will be lots of great vendors there selling anything from the from the fiber animal through to finish product as well as all of the equipment needed to make it yourself.
Romeldale Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0031 This is a very soft, creamy white Romeldale fleece from a ewe named Rosie. There is some veg in it, but as a handspinner, I would call it an acceptable level. The softness of this makes up for it. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 5 Price: $15.00
Fresian Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0026 This roving is from an Indiana ewe named Poppy. It is the darkest brown you can get without it being black. Mostly Fresian fleeces are good for rugs and other hard-use uses, but this is the softest and nicest Fresian I have ever handled. While not next-to-the skin soft, I do think it would make a lovely sweater, great mittens, a warm hat, etc. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 5 Price: $10.00
LincolnFolk Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0025 This developing breed of sheep was originally a cross between a Suffolk Ram and a Lincoln Ewe. Now a few generations into the breeding process, these sheep are breeding true and are the best marriage between the crimpy, bouncy Suffolk and the shiny, wavy Lincoln. This is creamy white, about as clean a fiber as you can get and from a ewe named Marshmallow. Price if for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 5 Price: $13.00
LincolnFolk Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0023 This developing breed of sheep was originally a cross between a Suffolk Ram and a Lincoln Ewe. Now a few generations into the breeding process, these sheep are breeding true and are the best marriage between the crimpy, bouncy Suffolk and the shiny, wavy Lincoln. This is a very light gray, about as clean a fiber as you can get and from a ewe named Mini S'More. We have the fleece of her mother, S'More, and love how it has spun up. Price if for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 7 Price: $13.00
LincolnFolk Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0024 This developing breed of sheep was originally a cross between a Suffolk Ram and a Lincoln Ewe. Now a few generations into the breeding process, these sheep are breeding true and are the best marriage between the crimpy, bouncy Suffolk and the shiny, wavy Lincoln. This is a very light gray, about as clean a fiber as you can get and from a ewe named Mini Truffle. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 5 Price: $13.00
Finn Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0019 We have been looking for a really nice Finn fleece for several years now, and we finally found a shepherd with the perfect fleeces for our picky tastes. This is a blend of two different ewes, but their fleeces were so alike that we couldn't tell any difference between them. This roving is clean, a light creamy white and has crimp to spare. As with most breeds of this time, this will spin up into a light, lofty and bouncy yarn that will make light and warm sweaters and hats and the kind of shawls to keep you warm in a cold winter's night. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 20 Price: $12.00
Natural Brown Polwarth Roving - Item# D-RV-15-0028 Once again, we were able to snag a rare, naturally-colored Polwarth fleece from New Zealand (there are no Polwarth sheep in the US). This sweet, chocolatey brown has been tested and is an incredible 15.5 microns of softness. This is more than next-to-the skin soft, folks! Price is for 4 ounces. Price: $20.00
Reserve Champion Shetland Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0021 This very fine and soft Shetland roving is from the 2014 Junior Reserve Champion fleece from the Indiana State Fair. This is the kind of roving that would make the perfect Shetland Lace shawl. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 1 Price: $12.00
Shetland Lamb Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0020 This very soft and creamy white (and very clean!) Shetland lamb roving is from an Indiana Farm. This lamb was born a hermaphrodite with both female and male characteristics and was named HeShe. Unfortunately, because of this, this lamb had to culled, which is too bad because this is a very sweet fleece. Price is for 4 ounces. Price: $12.00
CVM Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0029 This is a very soft and clean, dark-chocolatey brown CVM Roving from a ewe named Wendy. CVM is a color mutation of the Romeldale breed and is considered endangered with less than 500 on the registry (http://nationalcvmconservancy.org/). Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 9 Price: $16.00
CVM Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0030 This is a very soft and clean, creamy-gray CVM Roving from a ewe named Leigh. CVM is a color mutation of the Romeldale breed and is considered endangered with less than 500 on the registry (http://nationalcvmconservancy.org/). Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 11 Price: $16.00
Fresian/LincolnFolk Cross Roving - Item #D-RV-15-0027 This is a true-black Fresian/LincolnFolk cross fleece from a ewe named Poppy Jr. Our Fresian Item #D-RV-15-26 is her mom. While not as soft as her mom, you have the addition of the strength of the LincolnFolk influence in it. This would make great, hard-wearing mittens, rug yarn and would be great for weaving tapestries, rugs and for rug-hooking. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 7 Price: $11.00
All sections of Dyed in the Wool are now back on-line. Man, we sold a lot of fiber over the weekend! Thank you Beth and all of the folks who braved the snow and cold and came out to the Winter Woolen Workshop. You made it another fun and successful year for everyone.
Dyed in the Wool will have the spinning fibers part off-line beginning at noon tomorrow, Friday, February 20th. It will be back on-line Tuesday morning after I get the inventory updated from this weekend’s fiber show. If there is anything you want for sure, order it before noon tomorrow. I can’t guarantee having it after this weekend.
We will be at the Winter Woolen Workshop in Kokomo, Indiana, this weekend, so if you are in the area, come out, say hi and shop at all of the wonderful vendors there.
We are adding two new fibers into the shop today – both of which are next-to-the-skin soft but with very different qualities for spinning and from which to make something beautiful.
Polwarth Top - D-RV-14-0008 This is a very white and very soft Polwarth top, which is suitable for any next-to-the-skin articles. The price is for 4 ounces. Price: $18.00
Naturally Colored Organic Cotton Sliver - D-RV-14-0009 This naturally colored, organic cotton sliver is from Fox Fibre and is super soft and spins up into a nice, thin thread. The light rust color will deepen with the first several washes, which makes this a wonderfully interesting product to use in dishtowels or with summer tank tops. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 3 Price: $14.00
With the overwhelming success of both the 36-month club and the complete Volume I of the Fiber Binder Club, we are happy to announce the release of Volume II. Volume I sold out and there are only 19 available copies of Volume II, so get them while you can!
Fiber Binder Club Vol 2 - FBC2 This item includes the second full year of the Fiber Binder Club - One D-Ring binder, dividers, 12 information cards printed on card stock for durability (printed on both sides), a raw sample, a washed or processed sample and either 1/2 an ounce or 5 grams of each fiber to test spin (depending on the fiber). Once you have spun up your sample, then you can test it further by knitting, crocheting or weaving swatches, dyeing, felting or whatever you desire. It is meant to help educate those who are interested in natural fibers, are interested in raising fiber animals or crops, or would like to purchase their own raw fiber and need a way to tell if what they want to buy is of good quality. There are several award winning fibers in this volume, including a National Champion and an Indiana State Fair 1st Place Winner. We pride ourselves on purchasing only the highest quality fibers for this club or for any of the spinning fibers we sell. In this volume, the samples include Bond, North Country Cheviot, Columbia, Icelandic, Lincoln Adult (Vol 1 had Lincoln lamb), Merino, Polypay, Romney, Double-Coated Shetland, Eri Silk, Suri Alpaca, and Milk Protein This price is 25% off the club membership price. Available Qty: 11 Price: $90.00
We have the following new spinning fibers and silk cocoons added to the shop.
Eri Silk Cocoons - 10/bag - D-RV-15-0011 These Eri Silk cocoons can be dyed, stretched on a frame for hankies or just used to show your friends what your Eri silk scarf started out as. Available Qty: 2 Price: $1.00
Coopworth Locks - D-RV-15-0012 These luxurious Coopworth locks show off the structure and shine of the wool. They can be carded, combed, spun from the lock by flicking them open, dyed, used for core spinning or used in felted projects. We left them in the locks so you can do more with them. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 4 Price: $14.00
Bombyx Cocoons - 10/bag - D-RV-15-0013 These Bombyx Silk cocoons can be dyed, stretched on stretchers, reeled or just showed off to your friends. Available Qty: 1 Price: $1.00
Border Leicester Roving - D-RV-15-0015 This wonderful Border Leicester roving is from an Indiana ewe named Tess. The sheen on this fiber is amazing and it is very suitable for dyeing and spinning into sweater, sock, mitten, hart, shawl or scarf yarn. It also make a very strong yarn for weaving. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 5 Price: $14.00
Cheviot Roving - D-RV-15-0014 This Cheviot roving is from a Kentucky ram named Son of Chieftain. He comes from a nationally award winning bloodline and his wool has a superb crimp structure that will spin up into a bouncy and warm yarn. This would be very suitable for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens or anything that needs to be light and warm. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 10 Price: $12.00