More knitted things, GCN handspun yarn and raw fleeces from Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium

In two weeks time, I’ll be setting up shop at the Hartselle Holiday Market (Hartselle, AL) and the week after that, I have a pop-up shop at Artisan’s Cove in Owens Cross Roads, AL–so I’ve been knitting beanies like crazy to have something else to sell to those who don’t wear scarves (which is 85% of my handmade inventory).

Here is the most recent beanie I’ve knitted, using 100% superwash merino (handdyed in Vermont).

I’m currently knitting a beanie from Gulf Coast Native handspun yarn (from Freddie’s raw fleece–Yellow Bell Farmstead in Arab, AL), but I’ll just show the yarn here since I’m not finished knitting the beanie yet.

Last week, I received four raw fleeces from Ballyhoo Fiber Emporium. Two were 2021 fall shearings from Akoya the Icelandic ram and his daughter, Olwen, an Icelandic/Balwen Welsh Mountain cross. The one pictured here is from Cherry Pie, a Shetland wether. The fourth fleece is from a dark Finn sheep (not pictured). I’ll post pictures of the others when I start processing them.

Today, I’m waiting on fleeces from Brush Prairie Farms (Brush Prairie, WA) that I picked out on my recent trip to the Pacific NW. I think I have nine in total of various breeds, but they include Gotland, Friesian, BFL, and more. I’ll post pictures when they arrive.

I also ordered five more pounds of Dorset Horn raw fleece from Three Creeks Farm in New Hampshire. I had ordered three pounds a few months ago at a great price, so I decided to get some more before it’s all gone. Those will be arriving today or tomorrow. Stay tuned for pictures.

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