Raw, Briesbrook Farm cashmere. Grown in Loudoun County, VA.
Raw cashmere? What’s that? It is the downy undercoat of cashmere goats. Very fine (19 microns or less) and at least 1.25” long. It has been combed off the goats and put in a bag. That’s it!
There is some guard hair and sometimes a little veggie matter. Always a bit of good old Virginia clay dust. The funny bump pattern is created from the comb and they can help you see the guard hair. Guard hair is much thicker than the cashmere, sometimes it is white and sometimes black or gray. You can remove it by picking it out with your fingers. The good news is, since this fiber was hand combed from the goats early in the shedding season, there is much less guard hair than either shorn or late season combed cashmere.
Solitude Wool partner and shepherd of these cashmere goats, Kathy Reeds’s favorite way to spin it is from a cloud. Just dehair and spin! She doesn’t wash it until afterwards. There’s no lanolin to stick to wheels or spindles. Just dust. And that blows away.
$ 25.50 $ 34.00
This knitting pattern designed by Cheryl Chow was inspired by the ivy climbing on an old stone church, lacy leaves trail up our charming & timeless vest. Shaping makes this a flattering garment you will love to wear. Note: pattern revised 1/2021 with chart correction and button hole errata.
Yarn: Border Leicester sport, natural dyed yarn, three (four or five) skeins
Sizes: Seven adult sizes from finished bust circumference of 31.75? up to 55.75?
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading charts, 3-needle bind off, buttonholes, picking up stitches
Level of difficulty: Advanced
Needles: Size 5 (US)/ 3.75 mm circular needle in 40:/100 cm length (or size to obtain gauge) to work body, and shorter if desired for armhole ribbing. Extra US 5 / 3.75 mm needle for bind off.
Designed by Cheryl Chow
A breed from the Welsh border area of Britain, Clun Forest is a heritage breed in the US. Raised for meat and valued for their ability to grow well on pasture alone, they also grow a high quality, Down type wool that has robust crimp and elasticity. Clun fleece is fairly fine, with a short staple. Biggest problem with this wool can be breaks due to nutritional stress. Check fleeces carefully.
This knitting pattern designed by Laura Chau is a fun opportunity to pair a beautiful handpainted yarn with a coordinating solid color. The simple garter stitch lace pattern opens up the fabric and biases naturally for an interesting parallelogram shape. It’s worked lengthwise on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. The scarf version uses just one skein of each color; the generously-sized wrap uses two skeins of each color.
Yarn: Coopworth sport 1 (2) skeins in each of two colors
Sizes: scarf: 13 x 72" / 33 x 183 cm wrap: 22 x 90" / 56 x 228.5 cm, blocked
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, yarn overs
Level of difficulty: Easy
Needles: Size 7 (US)/ 4.5 mm circular needle in 32:/80 cm length (or larger)
Gauge: 13 sts and 38 rows = 4" / 10 cm square in pattern
Designed by Laura Chau
$ 33.00 $ 0.00
A beautiful addition to your sofa for naps or take along to a local winery, brewery, restaurant or your own backyard or balcony. This custom designed and woven throw is large enough to wrap up in but light enough to carry easily. Different twill patterns and variegated yarns make each of the 50 throws unique, but of a family. Hand twisted fringes and fulling will keep the throw looking great for years. Gift worthy, it comes in a box with Chesapeake Fibershed product checklist.
Because of the hand work to finish the fringes and full, we will sell throws as they are available plus you can pre-order for different ship dates as we estimate we can have them ready.
Size: 45" by 75"
Weight: 1 pound, 10 ounces
100% wool from sheep in the Chesapeake Fibershed: 50% North Country Cheviot, 47% Romney and 3% mohair.
Primarily undyed white and natural color wool, about 15% of the fibers were dyed in the wool with weak acid dyes to create a variegated yarn that gives the throws such a distinctive and unique undulating pattern.
Woven by Peggy Hart of Bedfellows Blankets in Massachusetts on old industrial looms with 16 harnesses. Different twill patterns give the throws lovely drape.
Hand twisted fringes and fulling will stay good looking through the years
Cheryl from Bainbridge Island in Washington State says “OMG, it is gorgeous!
designed by Debbie Deutsch, this quick, easy knit is whispy light and elegant — it is knit flat and joined as you cast off so there is no seaming!
it takes just two skeins of either Border Leicester fog or cloud
size 19 needles plus a spare needle in a similar size
very basic knitting skills
our dotted lines mitten knitting pattern uses simple construction techniques & are quick knits with no grafting or seams. They have a grown-up vibe, a flattering shape and their contrasting cuff edges and bobbles make them fun to wear, gift-worthy & charmingly different
Yarns: Montadale Light or Icelandic. Approximately 175 yds / 160 m of main color plus 30 yds / 27 m of a handpainted or solid contrasting color.
Sizes: Womens S/M and M/L
Skills: knitting in the round, purling, increasing & decreasing, reading simple chart
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: US 2 / 2.75 mm and US 1 / 2.5 mm double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 28 sts = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needles, blocked
Designed by Cheryl Tlam
this simple to knit cowl pattern was designed for the dye-hard class at solitude wool. The narrow width garter stitch rectangle shows off the colors in a handpaint skein nicely and changing the direction of the knitting further emphasizes the beauty of the color changes.
Yarn: one skein Solitude Wool Romney semi-worsted spun, preferably in a handpaint
One size: 9" / 230 mm tall, 22.5" / 570 mm around
Skills: knitting, picking up stitches and knitting in the round
Level of difficulty: easy
Needles: size 8 (US) / 5 mm circular 24" / 600 mm length or size to obtain gauge. Optional: US 8 / 5 mm straight needles
designed by our best customer, Sue Burke, this easy-to-knit bag pairs solitude wool’s Targhee 2-ply and Karakul yarns. The bag is knit in seed stitch for a subtle basket-like texture, then hand-felted for a sturdy fabric. Instructions for three sizes of round-bottom bags—the bucket, tote and mini-bucket plus a clutch-style wristlet are included! One of the most fun parts of the pattern is choosing colors. It will change as you felt it with the Karakul yarn dominating in the final fabric.
Yarn: Targhee 2 ply and Karakul yarns in equal yardage. Amount depends on size of bag
Sizes: three sizes: bucket, tote and mini-bucket plus clutch-style wristlet
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round,
Level of difficulty: beginner to intermediate
Needles: Size 10.5 (US)/ 6.5mm circular needle in 24"/60 cm (16"/14 cm length for mini) and set of 10.5/65mm double point needles (or size to obtain gauge). wristlet: US 10.5/6.5mm straight needles only.
Designed by Sue Burke
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This knitting pattern for long fingerless mitts designed by Kathy Reed are modern essentials for all of us who need to answer a phone or punch at a GPS in wintertime. Worked in woolen spun Clun Forest yarn, the mitts are soft and very gift-worthy quick knits.
Yarn: 1 skein Clun Forest
Sizes: small (medium, large)
Skills: knitting in the round, increasing, simple cables, reading charts
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: size 4 / 4 mm double pointed needles
Designed by Kathy Reed
Knitting pattern designed by Gillian Grimm. A soft, simple tunic-style vest that has limited shaping and is perfect for layering on a crisp fall morning.
While lovely knit in one color, this vest would also look great using two complimentary colors for the lower & upper sections of the garment.
Yarn: Solitude Wool Montadale light (90% Montadale wool, 10% nylon), four (or five) skeins
Sizes: six adult sizes, 33” to 56” bust & hip circumference
Skills: knitting in the round, purling, increasing, decreasing
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: Size 8 (US) / 5 mm circular knitting needle in 24” / 60 cm length or size to obtain gauge
We love this smart knitting pattern designed by Pamela Wynne. A tartan hat is classic, but you don’t always want the thick fabric of stranded color work. This simple hat is worked in horizontal stripes in the round, with columns of rib stitches where the vertical contrast stripes will go. After finishing the knitting, the vertical stripes are added as easy crocheted slip stitches.
Yarn: 1 skein each Llama-rama! dyed in the wool yarn
Sizes: Adult XS (S, M, L, XL) Circumference: 16.5 (18, 19.5, 21, 22.5)" / 42 (46, 50, 53, 57) cm, unstretched. Two length options: fitted beanie or slouchy beanie
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round, simple crochet slip stitch
Level of difficulty: easy
Needles: size 2.5 (US) / 2.75 mm circular knitting needle in 16" / 41 cm length or size to obtain gauge; size 2.5 (US) / 2.75 mm double pointed needles; size D (US) / 3.25 mm crochet hook
designed by Pamela Wynne
$ 8.00 $ 24.00