February 25, 2017 10:00 to 4:00
Join Ellen Mason of Doc Mason Yarns and Tammy White from Wing and a Prayer Farm all day Saturday February 25th starting at 10:00 for our Pop-Up Gallery Showcase.
Doc Mason is a veterinarian living in the hills of New Hampshire. His farm is a stock dog training facility, with 30 to 40 sheep whose job is to train and rehabilitate working sheep dogs. I collect their fleeces, currently Cheviot and Clun Forest, and have it milled at MacAusland’s on Prince Edward Island. The mill adds in a mix of Maritime wool to meet their minimum for a full run.
The wool is toasty warm and medium weight, perfect for hats, mittens, and New England style rustic sweaters. It suits many gauges: I like to work it at 3.5 to 4 stitches per inch. There are 210 yards in one 4 ounce skein.
Ellen will be bringing her Doc Mason yarns and along with her favorite sewing patterns: Runway Bag and Ann Carolyn Smock.
Wing & A Prayer Farm is in southern Vermont, where Farmer Tammy White raises and cares for Registered Shetland, Cormo, Cotswold, Wensleydale & Merino sheep, Registered Angora goats, and alpacas. Preserving the farming history in New England, with it’s beautiful mix of fields, forests & mountains, is important to the mission of supporting healthy heritage flocks and producing naturally and lovingly cared for beautiful fiber animals.
Farmer Tammy’s pride and joy are the Shetland Sheep, so huggable and lovable. They’ll climb into your lap if you let them. Twice a year they are shorn and have their fleeces, in combination with other fiber from the farm, spun into 2 & 3-ply yarns for sumptuous hand knits and crocheted garments and accessories. The farm’s fiber is brought to local mills for processing, including Green Mountain Spinnery, Hampton Fiber Mill, Vermont Fiber Mill & Battenkill Fiber Mill. The farmer works closely with the mill to insure that the best yarn recipes and loveliest product from our friends in the fields is available to you.