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171 Yards of Handspun Merlot

Last spring while visiting my Mom in western Nebraska, we checked out a new fiber farm nearby, Red Barn Fiber Processing. It's a venture opened by a "retired" couple on a few acres of Nebraska farm ground. They raise llamas (and had plans to add yak and alpaca to the farm once the newly planted pastures could sustain a larger herd); offer all the various steps involved in fiber processing; and have a small store in the old farm house where they sell roving and hanks of small batch machine and handspun yarns. Susan, the owner, was working on carding a small batch of wool/silk blend fiber when we stopped. She was so kind to (in a very grandmotherly way) entertain my girls, showing them what she was doing with her bag of newly cleaned wool and the little drum carder, while Mom and I drooled browsed through the shop. Because she rocks, my Mom treated me to a couple hanks of yumminess before we left. Including one that recently become this lovely hand rolled ball...

It's 171 yards (2.4 oz) of handspun Merino wool. The tag calls it "red heather" but all I can think about when I look at it is a big glass of red wine. It's wonderfully soft and I'm itching to give it purpose. I'm leaning towards using it to make a lacy scarf. I really like the Juliet Scarf pattern (Ravelry link) that is featured in Knitting Little Luxuries: Beautiful Accessories to Knit, a book that may find it's way into my library this winter. (I have quite the list of books started to add to the library. YIKES!) Several of the comments on Ravelry point to this pattern as being a good choice for venturing into the lace world...which I find a bit scary, you know with all that stitch counting and all.

I'm curious dear knitters, if you had this yarn sitting in your stash, what would it inspire you to knit?



Marie-Jolie said…
I'm currently living in Western Nebraska, and did you know that the Brown Sheep Mill is located in Mitchell, NE (just outside of Scottsbluff)? If you happen to be anywhere near there next time you visit your mom, you might want to stop in for a visit. They sell everything in the shop by the pound, and that results in MAJOR savings. I think I figured out that I spent 1/3 of the price of retail when all was said and done. :) It's always lovely to add to the ever-growing stash at bargain prices. ;)
Kate said…
Cables are on my mind- so I vote for a cabled hat- or maybe a pair of mittens. The yarn is beautiful, and I'm sure that whatever you make will be beautiful too!
Anniki :) said…
Fiber farm sounds like a heaven to me! We have nothing like this here in Estonia and I often dream about personal sheep for getting the yarn :) Too bad I can't have them in apartment.

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