Tag Archives: Wool

Let’s TWIST again! 22/23 August

19 Aug

This weekend is THE fibre event of the year: TWIST! Lil Dorothy will once again be parked inside the arena for your shopping pleasure. Shop for new yarns from Agrestal Yarn, Silver Cloud Alpacas, plus a new batch of Zen Yarn Garden’s popular sock yarn Serenity 20 has just arrived!

With more than 125 vendors and 40 workshops, there’s lots to see, do and EAT! This year’s festival includes 13 local food vendors as well! Admission is $7 per day and kids under 12 are free.

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Topsy Farms Amherst Island

24 Jun

On Friday I had a wonderful morning visit with Sally and Ian at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island, Ontario. Sally and I had fun choosing colours of Topsy’s 2-ply, 100% wool worsted weight yarn for Purlin’ J’s.

Afterwards Ian gave me a tour of the barn and explained the workings of the farm, starting from how they shear the sheep, to loading the wool on to the small ferry for it to go to PEI for processing. Topsy’s yarn is processed with soap, not detergent, which is why it feels so soft.

I also got to visit with this little lamb, who is about a month old!

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Here is some of the Topsy yarn you’ll find on-board Lil Dorothy:

Topsy

Lambs Down Festival

16 Jun

Yesterday I visited Carleton Place, Ontario, to attend the Lambs Down Festival. It was held at the premises of the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers, the place where three million pounds of Canadian wool is graded then distributed around the world. The Lambs Down Festival features sheep-shearing demonstrations. I watched this one-year-old ewe being sheared for the first time!

Lambs Down Festival

The Co-op was established in 1918 by the sheep industry as a national system of collecting and marketing its members’ wool on a co-operative basis. It occupies a former Canadian Pacific Railway roundhouse. Did you know that only 10% of wool produced in Canada stays in Canada? The other 90% is exported.

Yesterday the warehouse was open. There seemed to be LOTS of raw wool stored there until it is graded and shipped out.
Canadian Coop Wool
Canadian Coop Wool

Purlin' J's

"One of the coolest 'yarn stores' I've ever seen" --Vogue Knitting magazine, Holiday 2013

Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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