We are excited to announce that yarn from our whole flock is here! This yarn was custom milled at Yampa Valley Fiberworks in Craig, Colorado. The resulting yarn is a 2 ply sport weight, 85% Finnsheep wool, 15% German Angora. Each skein is 200 yards.
Finnsheep or Finnish Landrace sheep are related to the more commonly known Shetland or Icelandic sheep, with short tails, colorful fleeces, and very friendly personalities! Their wool is generally classified as a medium wool, although we breed for finer fleeces. The wool has a somewhat silky hand, a bit of a natural sheen, and is available in a range of colors, from white, black, brown, and anything in between. This is truly a great all purpose wool, soft enough for next to skin wear, but sturdy enough to hold up to everyday farm wear.
German Angora rabbits got us into fiber farming. These sweet and docile rabbits enjoy a steady diet of local hay, pellets, and kale leaves, all while producing 3-4 inches of luxuriously soft fiber every 3 months. German Angoras were bred for fiber production and receive a hair cut every 90 days to humanely and gently harvest their wool. No rabbits are ever harmed! The predominate color genetics available in the US is the REW, or Ruby Eyed White, but we also have our resident Chestnut Agouti buck Steamroller to provide a beautiful light gray.
The angora provides softness and a great halo to your finished object. The blending of white, black, gray, and fawn fleeces give a great slightly tweedy look. There is a bit of vegetable matter in the yarn, a reminder that these animals romp around in diverse species pastures and that the processor does not use harsh chemicals in making this yarn.
After some Ravelry hunting, here are some patterns that could work with one skein of this Finn/Angora yarn.
From left to right:
Stax by Carina Spencer. The lace pattern would work well in this yarn and one skein will make the beanie version.
Leaving Cowl by Maria Magnusson. This short cowl with a simple leaf lace pattern would be so cozy!
Antiquity by Alicia Plummer. The yarn will hold up well to moderate wear and show off this delicate lace stitch.
Elis by Reiko Kuwamura. Another short cowl with Indian Cross Stitch patterning that would work great with the angora halo of the yarn.
If you happen to get two skeins of this yarn, even more pattern choices open up!
Elk Tooth by Caitlin Ffrench. A simple shawlette that would be easy to upsize a bit to use more of the yarn.
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis. A shawl-cowl hybrid is easy to style and could be worn down over the shoulders. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but looks to be easy to adjust the numbers to work with this light sport weight.
Shaelyn by Leila Raab. A top down triangle shawl with lace repeats.