Locally sourced fleeces from small farms, processed into traditional styles of yarn in small mills, dyed with natural plant dyes.
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Experimenting with larger skeins. Indigo dyed #ganseyyarn from Straw's Farm Island Sheep for the #cordovaganseyproject. Thrilled to working with #indigo again. #naturalindigo #naturalindigodyeing #islandyarn #newenglandwool
There was much cursing and googling for tutorials, and some of the seams are a bit wonky, but overall I'm pleased with the results. Next step: a very forgiving dress pattern? #stowebag #fringeassociation
Bread! There a two loaves of French-ish bread cooling as well. Apparently I am in the baking faze of returning home. #homemadebread
Finally got around to writing about the baby gray whales in San Ignacio - more photos and a bit of explanation at uptonyarns.com/blog. #awayonthelion #babygraywhale #mydayjob
For the first time in years, I am attempting to sew. I blame @fibertrek and @agatheringofstitches. I have no idea what I'm doing (as evidenced by the fact that I was probably supposed to cut with the wrong side facing? I was distracted by the stripes). #stowebag #whatcouldgowrong
Each of these bundles contains a lovely coopworth fleece- it's better than Christmas! #coopworth #newenglandfleece #buckwheatblossomfarm #ganseyyarn
Dolphins also enjoy our wake. #awayonthelion This was several days ago - our internet laughed at me again when I tried to post.
And then a mom and calf came to play. Despite being hunted until the fifties, some gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon are very very friendly. We decided that a whale's nose feels very much like an eggplant, and the strangest thing is that they are so well insulated that their skin temperature isn't that much warmer than the water temperature. This pair hung out with us for about twenty minutes before proceeding on their way. #awayonthelion #babygraywhale I have been trying to post the for the last two days - our slow satellite internet keeps laughing at me.
My favorite place for diving - full of friendly (and bored) sea lions. Los Islotes. #awayonthelion
Now that we are back in a civilized climate (by which I mean cool) my #engineersarmwarmers are getting a bit of use (worn here for a bit blue whale watching - sadly the blue whale in question was a bit camera shy). A few kits for the arm warmers are still available on the website. #awayonthelion #knittersofinstagram #naturaldyes #knittingkits #newenglandfleece