The Livestock Conservancy will launch an initiative called Shave 'Em to Save 'Em (#se2se) either the last week in January or first week in February. Work with wool from the 22 sheep breeds on the Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List (to earn prizes. More info at RareWool.org and get more info on their FB page.
Same as our Targhee three-ply sock yarn. Nylon has been blended in with the wool for increased strength and long lived sock; the yarn is a bit slubby. Even though it was designed specifically for socks, it also works beautifully for lightweight shawls. Reah Janise Kauffman has designed two versions of a beautiful shawl called Summer Leaves specifically for this yarn and Project Knitwell.
These are colors dyed specially forProject Knitwell, a metro DC organization who actively promotes the joy of knitting and it’s therapeutic benefits with those in stressful situations. Project Knitwell is active in many hospitals, community centers and schools teaching patients, family, medical staff, kids and adults to knit. They offer ongoing programs that promote the comfort and wellness benefits of knitting all at no charge.
We all know how knitting promotes our own well being...so isn’t it nice to support an organization bringing this to people who can really benefit? See some of the research and reading list on the PK website.
All profits from the sale of these skeins goes to Project Knitwell.
design: 3-ply, semi-worsted spun; yarn is a little bit slubby size: fingering weight, 15-16 wpi suggested needles: 2.5 to 3 (US) for socks length: approximately 295 yards/270 meters (yes, it is enough for a women's large pair of socks) weight: 4.3 oz./ 122 grams gauge: 8 sts. per inch on sizes 2 (US) care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned. If you knit them firm, they can probably be washed in the machine (I do).
fiber source: hand selected fleeces from What Next? Farm in York, Pennsylvania fibercontent: 80% Targhee wool, 20% nylon Targhee is a Fine wool, soft and elastic. The breed was developed in Idaho in 1926, one of the newest in America. Most of the Targhee sheep are in the western range lands in large flocks, they is an unusual breed in the Eastern US.
The Livestock Conservancy has an initiative to promote working with wool from their 22 sheep breeds on the Conservation Priority List. Simply use at least 4 ounces of wool from a rare breed in your project. You can use multiple wools in a single project. Receive coupons and gift certificates (from the Livestock Conservancy) after you finish projects using wool from 5, 10 and 15 different breeds.
Solitude Wool currently has yarn, roving and or washed fleece from 7 of the breeds. This program continues for three years, and we will look to add new products from the conservation list...check back every once in awhile.
This two-ply, woolen spun yarn is very versatile, light and soft. We’ve added 10% nylon to improve washability. Great for baby things or light weight knitting. We have experimented with machine washing on regular AND drying in the dryer and finished project will shrink about 10% in one direction (length) and not much in the other direction. Finished items get softer, but lose a little stitch definition.
design: 2-ply, woolen spun, very even yarn size: sport weight, 14 wpi, 1300 yds per pound suggestedneedles: 2.5 to 6 (US) length: small skein approximately 120 yards/106 meters large skein approximately 240 yards/219 weight: small skein approximately 1.5 oz./ 44 grams large skein approximately 3.1 oz/87 grams gauge: 6 stitches per inch on size 4 (US) care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with low agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned. Can machine wash and dry with some shrinkage.
fibersource: hand selected fleeces from Saffer's Montadales in Warwick, Maryland on the Eastern Shore fibercontent: 90% Montadale wool. 10% nylon Montadale is a modern US breed developed in the 1930's in the mid-west from Cheviot rams with Columbia ewes. These sheep are raised for both meat and their exceptionally white wool which is in the "medium" range. Medium is right in the middle of all the types of wool and makes an excellent knitting yarn that is fairly soft but still fairly strong.