Monday, March 20, 2017

Yarn Anticipation!

What could it be?  Coming later this spring, 2017 ~



Our first ever batch of Serenity Farms Finnsheep yarn!!!



Don't run away, you'll be the first to know when it becomes available!



(We only have three Finnsheep at this time, so it will be a very limited run.)

(Black Finn ewe "Maril" behind Corriedale-Merino cross ewe lamb)
We're so excited, we can hardly wait!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Yarn Update

IAn update to the yarns that are currently available for purchase ~



From left to right, they are :
"Dunbonnet", moorit Corriedale-Bond cross, 3 ply, worsted spun sport weight, 250 yards; 

"Gravel Road at Dark" (very limited, only a few skeins left), charcoal grey, completely Corriedale, 3 ply, woolen spun sport weight, 250 yards and 

"Lord John Grey", actually much more silvery grey than the photo shows, 80/20 blend of Corriedale and Alpaca, 3 ply, woolen spun, heavy fingering weight, 250 yards.

Skeins are $20 each, plus shipping.



Photo above shows the Dunbonnet (left) and Gravel Road (right) worked up in a sample, to give you an idea of how it looks worked up.  Below are a pair of gloves knit with the Lord John Grey that more truly represents the color, I think ~



 If you are interested in any of these yarns, please feel free to contact me at serenityfarmswool @ yahoo dot com.  And keep your eyes out for more and new yarns coming back from the mill later this spring!  I can hardly wait!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A Time To Knit Mittens!

I've decided that 2017 should be "The Year of the Mitten" and so I'm hosting an informal knit-a-long over on the farm blog, you can read more about it herePlease join in if you'd like to!  

And if you need lovely natural colored Corriedale yarn from the farm for your mittens, we might just have what you're looking for!

Let's give mittens the love they deserve...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's All About The Yarns ~


Mill spun, farm yarns for sale!  Grown, raised and processed all right here in Michigan.  Not just single breed (Corriedale) yarns, but single sheep yarns in most cases.  You can get to know the sheep who contributed their fleece to make your yarn!

From left to right in the box above are "A Breath of Snow and Ashes"; "Dunbonnet"; "Gravel Road at Dark" and "Murmurations" (natural black, a wool alpaca blend).  Sample boxes with an assortment of skinny skeins of these yarns are available if you can't chose just one color.


Contact me at serenityfarmswool@yahoo.com for availability or any questions about prices, payment options, etc.  Or just to talk about Corriedale yarn ;)

Monday, May 07, 2012

Corriedale Yarns

A small assortment of millspun Corriedale yarns from our farm, available in limited quantities ~ SOLD OUT (but I'll leave this post here for reference)


From top to bottom ~  GRIZZLY; JANE GRAY and SHADOWS (Shadows has sold out).  It might be a little hard to see in the picture, but there are differences in the greys.  I'll describe them below....

GRIZZLY (top) is a chunky 100% Corriedale yarn with lots of character.  It knits up quickly with size 8 or larger needles, perfect for warm and cozy hats and mittens.  It also shows cables well.  There is the slightly suggestion of brown in this yarn and it overdyes beautifully!  Skeins are about 4 ounces, 170 yards and are $12 per skein

JANE GRAY (middle) is closer to worsted weight (you might compare it to a Cascade 220 type yarn).  More Corriedale from our farm flock, including a ewe named Jane!  Very soft and squishy, and cables really pop with this yarn.  Skeins are approximately 210 yards, $16 per skein.

We do have a few cones of this available, approximately 420 yards per cone if you would be interested.  The yarn is unwashed, you'll need to skein it off and wash it before you use it.  Cones are $28.
(Example of JANE GRAY knit into a sweater)



IRIE (left) is something a little different.  This was actually meant to be a roving made from very dark brown/black Corriedale and a multi color sparkle but the mill spun it into yarn!  It's 2-ply, about a sport weight with approximately 232 yards per skein.  I've started a shawl with it and its really pretty!  $18 per skein


We have a few skeins of Ainsley's COFFEE BEAN BROWN, 2-ply fingering weight yarn in 500 yard hanks.  I haven't tried making socks with it, but I have been working on a sweater carrying the yarn doubled (in progress, below)


Price for approximately 500 yards, 2-ply dark brown yarn from our Corriedale ewe, Ainsley, is $28.

Prices listed do not include shipping.  As always, we accept cash, personal check or money order or Paypal.  If you are interested in any of our products please email me first for availability and a total price (I'll need your mailing address to figure shipping)  We can be reached at serenityfarmswool@yahoo.com and we're always happy to answer any questions!
Sweater vest made with our GRIZZLY GREY yarn
If you're looking for Corriedale roving or top to spin your own yarn, we still have some of the rovings listed in the previous post (below) for sale.  Take a look and give me a shout if you have any questions!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Corriedale Roving For Sale

Below I have listed our 2011 Corriedale blend rovings for sale, produced with wool from our own farm flock of sheep combined with other Michigan fibers - alpaca, kid mohair, angora bunny. Some may include pygora, silk and even sparkly bits of angelina. All were processed at Zeilingers Wool Mill, also here in Michigan.

The photo above shows samples of yarn and fiber produced from some of these rovings (yarn from left to right is Midnight Dances, Pasture Land and Michigan Red Cedar). If you are interested in any of these fibers, we accept cash, check or money order or Paypal. Prices listed do not include shipping. Please contact us for availability, price quote with shipping to you, or any questions you might have about the fiber. We also offer discounts for large lot purchases (multiple pounds) or we will sell in 8 ounce bumps for $15 plus shipping, except for combed top - that is priced seperately below. If you are local to us in Michigan we would be happy to have you visit the farm to pick up your fibers and meet the sheep in person! We can be reached by email at serenityfarmswool at yahoo dot com or by phone at 989-463-5630. Thank you for your interest in our family farm product!

MIDNIGHT DANCES ~

Nearly black (charcoal shot with silver), very fine lambswool blended with black-grey kid mohair and black alpaca highlighted with dyed turquoise and navy silk plus jewel-toned sparkly angelina. I was disappointed to find a lot of noil occurred in the processing of this fiber, but then delighted in the rustic tweedy texture of the yarn (another sample photo below)! I am currently making a shawl out of this - it is gorgeous!
~ SOLD OUT ~


PASTURE LAND ~

In very early spring, after the snow has melted away, the first bits of new pasture growth begins to peek through the over wintered, now brown grasses. This roving is from our perennial favorite ewe Violet. Her taupe colored wool is blended with a pale red kid mohair fleece, angora bunny, undyed silk and more wool dyed in shades of warm greens (think olive and sage). Even though my inspiration for this was early spring, I think of it as a "warm" blend. About three pounds, $28 per pound.

There is a sizable amount of the bunny fiber in this, and unfortunately some of the bunny and some of the silk nepped in processing. I was quite unhappy until I, along with several other "test spinners" gave the roving a spin. It is lovely and squishy soft (you can see a a skein of yarn and a test swatch in the photo at the top of this post)! Here is another picture and I think you can see some of the texture in the lighter areas ~


This makes a particulary grand 3-ply yarn and I don't think you'll be disappointed if you give it a try!

MICHIGAN RED CEDAR ~

Oh my goodness, this one is so deep and rich and warm! And also so difficult to photograph properly..it is much, much darker than the picture seems here, though the yarn sample in the photo at the top of this post is closer to being correct. This blend includes warm cinnamon wool from our ewe Collette and dark cocoa brown wool from her daughter, Elizabeth. Add to that rich mahogany colored Alpaca, highlight it with more dyed wool, silk and mohair and then make it sparkle and shine with bright colors of angelina glitz here and there - this is a perfect reflection of a midwestern autumn forest. Both Collette and Elizabeth have very dense, highly crimped wool so this roving is dense. I think you will love it as much as I do! About four pounds available, $28 per pound (discount that to $25 per pound if you would like all four pounds)

DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT ~


Inspired by the beauty of a spring dawn, this roving includes natural pale grey Corriedale wool blended with angora bunny and highlighted with dyed Corriedale and pygora in flashes of purple, pinks and violet blue. This roving is soooo soft! I don't have a picture of a sample yarn for this one, but it is nice Two pounds available at $28 per pound.

CORRIEDALE COMBED TOP ~


Finally, I also have a few pounds of combed top available. This is 100% Corriedale wool from here at Serenity Farms, using only our best white sheep. If you have only ever spun commercial top and found it to be slick, hard and lifeless you are in for a real trip with this farm produced product! Still full of life and crimp and warmth...what a joy! I would be happy to send a sample for you to try. $30 per pound or try 8 ounces for $16 (plus shipping)

Since most of our wool is sold raw, we don't offer a lot of rovings for sale. If you are interested in any of these, please don't hesitate to contact us before they are all gone! Happy spinning ;)

Monday, April 25, 2011

SPRING 2011 FLEECE FOR SALE

Listed below are just a few of the fleeces we still have available for sale. I will be posting more as time allows throughout the week. If you see something you like that has already sold, please contact me as we may have something similar still in stock or you can always be placed on the Reserve list for 2012!

COLORED FLEECE









Glenna (above) Covered lamb fleece, about 4 pounds, with a 4-4.5 inch staple. Some variegation in color, from pale blue grey to smokey grey. Nice fine crimp, with some gummy tips as is common in lamb fleeces $15 per pound ~ SOLD

Francie (below)
$12 per pound ~ SOLD