The girls get lucky…

Sampson comes to woo the girls

The girls were starting to worry just a little bit. Here it is, mid-November and no suitor yet. But yesterday I went up to Maryland to Triple R Farm to fetch Sampson, a very handsome young Romney Ram with “georgeous” black fleece. His owner/shepherd, Michelle Rilley told me to not wreck that fleece…it is already spoken for (I promise to keep him healthy and fed). He arrived after dark, so I couldn’t see introductions, but everybody seemed happy this morning.

Did you see us on TV? Yeah, I don’t watch TV in the morning either…but if you are interested, the video (three 4 minute spots, shot live last week) is posted on our site, or directily on the Fox-5 site. Thank you so much to Jean and Bob Galey of Catoctin Creek Farm in Jefferson, Maryland for bringing their beautiful white Romney ewe and to Irene and Jim Mandracchia of Beaucaire Farm in Purcellville, Virginia for letting us borrow two Tunis ewes so we could demonstrate how different the breeds of sheep are and their wool. Of course, we were at Sue and Bill Bundy’s (RedGate Farm) in Leesburg, Virginia and showed off Sue’s beautiful Karakul sheep.

Weekend farmers markets:

Saturday we will be at the Falls Church, Virginia farmers market. We have moved up a spot and we are now right on the corner of Park Avenue and the driveway in (where Greenstones usually is). This week is the last drop in learn to knit class…might be a bit chilly. Exploring an inside refuge if it is too cold for fingers to work well…

Then Sunday we will be at the Dupont FreshFarm market in DC.

Packing up to bring to market:

• Targhee 3-ply
• Karakul*
• Tunis*
• Border Leicester aran weight
• Tunis/alpaca nature dyed
• Shropshire baby yarn (on sale, but only a few skeins left)
• knitting kits for bottle cozies and coasters
• alpaca/Merino lace weight
• odds & ends
• Sue Burke handcrafted bags*

* we have just a few of Sue’s knit-to-felt bags and each one is a unique creation. They are available for sale, or use them as inspiration and buy the yarns/pattern to make your own. If you have anyone on your holiday list that would appreciate something really special, this might be it…

And on Sunday only: Solitude honey. It is sort of hidden because I keep it bundled up. It’s raw honey (not pasturized), that begins to crystalize below 50 degrees. Even if it does start to crystalize, it is fine (Europeans expect and like it crystalized). You can carefully warm it back to liquid, but don’t microwave or overheat or you will kill the magic good things that you want from raw honey.

Do come to the market and get great local food to be thankful for next week…and yarn for a project to work on in front of the fire, or a parade or football game or something…

See you!

Gretchen

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