Back to the Dupont Circle Farmers market this Sunday, April 6th

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Sunday we begin the 2014 market season

At the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market in DC (Falls Church market regular season begins in May). We are part-time vendors until Fall, so watch for emails announcing when we will be at market or other events. In April, we are scheduled to be at Dupont April 6th and the last Sunday, April 27th.

I have a huge list of all the yarns I plan to bring…and in case I come to my senses I won’t list (promise) all of them for this week. But! I will tell you some highlights:

  • Karakul pelts: Sue has five stunning sheep pelts that I will bring to market. These are not available often, or of this quality. Come see!
  • Dorset sock: introduced at the end of the market season last year, this has been really, really popular through the winter. I have a few more batches ready to dye, but it’s close to the end. Come get it now while the selection is still great.
  • Shropshire double twist: this yarn is on 40% clearance sale. We will miss it! It’s a nice light yarn, perfect for Spring garments…catch it before it’s gone.
  • Romney/Mohair variagated: an elegant weaving yarn, or knitting yarn. see Ben’s scarf below

Dupont is changing market hours starting this Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This should be good for you fiber folks…who frequently arrive at the market at 12:45! have another cup of coffee and knit three more rows, you’ve got until 1:45 now.

Great local Fiber Farmers Market sponsored by Uniquities March 22, 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We love this event! We think you will too. The folks at Uniquities are really plugged in to the local fiber scene and bring us all together to offer you a one stop shopping opportunity in Vienna, Virginia.

This is an excerpt from their email about it:

The Fiber Farmer’s Market returns on Saturday, March 22, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 N. Cherry Street, Vienna, VA 22180. Join us for this free fiber filled event, and shop with local fiber producers, and hand-dyers selling their yarn and fiber. We are now taking reservations for the Spinning Circle, $20 reserves your seat for the afternoon where you can spin and shop with fellow fiber friends.  You’ll also be entitled to early entry at 12:30 p.m. to preview all the vendors and shop before the crowds arrive, as well as secure storage for your purse and purchases behind the Uniquities booth. Call Uniquities at 703-242-0520 to register, seating is limited!

Uniquities booth will offer fiber tools and spinning equipment, new hand-dyed fibers from Greenwood Fiberworks and Great Adirondacks Yarn Co., as well as natural Jacob roving from Shiloh Manor Farms and alpaca blends from Marion Alpacas. We’ll also feature a selection of new spring yarns and patterns for knitting and crochet, and a bake sale table that benefits Project Knitwell.

The March 2014 Fiber Farmers’ Market Vendor List:

Avalon Springs Farm – Hand dyed and natural colored yarn, roving, locks, fleece, and felt from angoras, alpacas, and llamas.

Celestial Farms – All natural, undyed llama yarn, plus handmade soaps and jamsCentral Virginia Fiber Mill – Alpaca roving, felted batts, yarns, and needle/wet felting kits, plus select wool and mohair products.
Checkmate Natural Fiber Network – Offering Karakul rug roving, wool blankets, unique yarns, hand painted roving, and roving for spinning.
Dancing Leaf Farm – Hand dyed artisan yarns, fibers, patterns, and felt brooches.
Feederbrook Farm – Organically raised hand dyed artisan yarns and spinning fibers.  Offering participation in CSA and club memberships.
Finnegan’s Flock - Fiber, hand spun yarn, mitten and felted soap kits from our own flock of Finn sheep, and sheepskins.
Longpoint Farm – Pasture raised natural wool and wool related products including roving, hand painted yarn, hand spun yarn, blankets, scarves, wall hangings, felted items and sheepskin.
Mt. Airy Farm - Natural, hand dyed, and hand painted roving and yarns from California variegated mutant and Cormo sheep, Angora rabbit and mohair.
Pax River Alpacas – Locally grown soft alpaca yarns, and alpaca blends, plus hand dyed and hand painted yarns.
Platinum Alpacas – Alpaca fiber, prime blankets, hand spinning fiber, mill spun yarns, and handmade items using alpaca fiber.
Singleton Fiber Processing – Maryland’s only full-service cottage mill. Offering personalized, custom yarn, roving, batts, rug yarn, and woven rugs.
Solitude – Select breed specific yarn and fiber, natural color and hand dyed artisan yarns and roving from small farms in the Chesapeake watershed region that accentuate the special qualities of different types of wool.  Breeds include Alpaca/Merino, Border Leicester, Corriedale, Clun Forest, Dorset,  Icelandic, Karakul. Leicester Longwool, Montadale, North Country Cheviot, Romney, Targhee and Tunis.
Strauch Fiber Equipment Company - Joanne and Otto Strauch will be demonstrating and selling their fabulous fiber processing equipment, including drum carders, ball winders and swifts.
Taylored Fibers – Hand dyed yarns and fibers in rich, vibrant colors, hand carded batts, and assorted fiber accessories.
TechMuse RAC *- Handmade project bags for knitting and crocheting, as well as drop spindles.
*Random acts of creativity
Three Bags Wool – Wool roving, batts, yarn, and felted items from Icelandic sheep. plus kits and handspun yarn.
Wild Hare Fiber Studio – Hand dyed and handspun yarns and fibers, plus original handmade creations.
Wool N Quilts - Wool, roving, hand spun yarns, plus goat soaps and lotions.

Madrona Fiber Retreat, Tacoma, Washington February 13-16th

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

We are really excited to be heading west to be first time vendors at this great Pacific NW event!

More info to come.

Vogue Knitting Live NY: Jan 18-19 2014

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

We are returning to VKL as vendors this year. It’s at the Marriott Marquis in Time Square and you don’t have to be registered for the event to attend the Marketplace. We will be in booth 208.

More soon about what we will be bringing and who we will be looking for…

2013 Fall Schedule

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Hope you can join us this Fall at our warehouse on Open House first Sundays, the Farmers market or a Fiber Festival! sign up for our email list to get notification the week before an event with what we are bringing or other more specific information…plus a bit about what’s happening at the farm.


Sunday, September 8th, noon to 4:00 pm:
OPEN (ware)HOUSE at our corner of the Endless Summer Harvest warehouse
36474 Osburn Road, Purcellville, VA 20132 (drive around to the back of the building to find us)

Saturday, September 21st, 8:00 am to noon:
Falls Church Farmers Market Look for us on the grass on Park Ave

Sunday, September 22nd, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm:
Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market Look for us on the sidewalk on 20th St.

September 28th and 29th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 4:00 pm Sunday:
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Find us in booths 11 & 12 in the Ruritan Building

October 5th, 12th and 26th, 8:00 am to noon:
Falls Church Farmers Market Look for us on the grass on Park Ave

October 6th, 13th and 27th, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm:
Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market Look for us on the sidewalk on 20th St.

Sunday, October 6th, noon to 4:00 pm:
OPEN (ware)HOUSE at our corner of the Endless Summer Harvest warehouse
36474 Osburn Road, Purcellville, VA 20132 (drive around to the back of the building to find us)

October 19th and 20th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday:
Rhinebeck (NYS) Sheep & Wool Festival same location as last year: downstairs, building 22

October 25th thru 27th, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm  Friday and Saturday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday:
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair new location: in the Sales Arena, booth 9

Sunday, November 3rd, noon to 4:00 pm:
OPEN (ware)HOUSE at our corner of the Endless Summer Harvest warehouse
36474 Osburn Road, Purcellville, VA 20132 (drive around to the back of the building to find us)

November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th, 8:00 am to noon:
Falls Church Farmers Market Look for us on the grass on Park Ave

November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm:
Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market Look for us on the sidewalk on 20th St.

December 7th, and 14th 9:00 am to noon:
Leesburg, Loudoun HomeGrown Farmers Market This market is in our own backyard. We love meeting our closest local customers!

December 7th, 14th and 21st, 8:00 am to noon:
Falls Church Farmers Market Look for us on the grass on Park Ave

December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm:
Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market Look for us on the sidewalk on 20th St.

Dates to be determined:
Leesburg, HomeGrown Market on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Farm Day 3: Romney on June 15th

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Learn about Romney sheep and wool at WeatherLea Farm

Our third breed study field trip is coming up fast; Saturday June 15th. We invite you to join us for an afternoon of experiential learning about a wonderful Longwool breed of sheep.

The idea bubbled up because Sue and I were learning so much by going directly to farms, buying fleece (especially Sue, she has touched many hundreds, no… thousands of fleeces), and getting to meet the breed that grew it. Books are great references…but touching is better. Plus we wanted to introduce you to some of the farms that we buy wool from so you have a personal connection to the yarn. It is also an opportunity for the farm to offer their own products directly to you.

So, here is what’s on offer:

See and enjoy a beautiful 1790 farm in Lovettsville, Virginia, WeatherLea Farm. In addition to raising Romney and a few Merino sheep, they have llamas, a small vineyard, host weddings and have a cottage available for overnight stays (last I heard, it was available for the weekend in case you want to fly in from far off parts for the event). There are gardens, a lovely pond with a deck above; perfect for sitting and spinning or knitting, so bring a project and soak up some good farm ambiance. WeatherLea will be selling their beautiful wool blankets and roving made from the wool they don’t let us have. Listen to the talk on Romney sheep and see the sheep shearing. Taste wine from North Gate Vineyards, who turn WeatherLea’s grapes into excellent wine. And come to of my favorite places at WeatherLea, a great big bank barn where we will have Solitude Wool yarns and fibers, the mini-workshops and…

We have another guest at this event: Two Rivers Yarns, a local shop from Brunswick Maryland. They are putting together the spinning mini-workshop and are bringing handcrafted swifts, shawl pins, soaps etc from local consigners plus spindles, needles and other tools.

Two mini-workshops with Romney wool

1. Knitting: two color mosaic
(slip stitch) knitting taught by Karin Fellers. Knit an eye glass or cell phone case using a simple slip stitch technique that creates a bold color pattern. You will knit in the round and learn how to read a mosaic chart so you can expand to other projects. Offered twice: 12:30 and 2:30.

2. Spinning: learn how to spin your own yarn taught by Jenni Campbell. Romney is one of the easiest wools to spin and often recommended for beginners. Here is your chance! Grab it. Roving from WeatherLea will be used in the class. Two sessions: 12:30, beginning spindle spinning; 2:30 session can be an intermediate or beginner + class depending on interest/skill.

Schedule for the day:

12:00 (noon) to 4:00 pm – farm open, Solitude Wool and Two River’s Yarns booths and WeatherLea wool products

1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm – talks about Romney sheep

time still to be determined: sheep shearing and North Gate Vineyard, wine tasting

12:30 – first session Mini-workshops

2:30 – second session Mini-workshops

Cost and reservations

WeatherLea can handle all of us, so you only need to reserve a spot if you would like to take a workshop. Each class limited to 8 students; pay in advance to reserve a space.

Entrance is $20.00 and includes a $10 coupon good towards Solitude Wool purchase.

Mini-workshops are $30.00 each plus materials fee.

Please send Gretchen an email at, or call 540-554-2312 to reserve a space and arrange for payment.

So hope you can come! We are on rain or shine (thank you big bank barn).

How to Get to Weather Lea Farm

Phone: 540-822-5097

from I-495 Beltway, VA: Take Dulles Toll Rd (Rte 267) to the Greenway toll extension, which begins just before the airport. At the end of the Greenway, exit left to Rte. 7 West/15 South. Stay on Rte. 7W about 3 miles, then exit right to Rte. 9 West. Go 5 miles to 3rd stoplight; turn right on Rte. 287N. Drive 8 miles, to stop sign at 7-11 store in Lovettsville. Jog left and immediate right to stay on Rte. 287N. Proceed 1.9 milies down a long winding hill, passing Wenner Rd. Look for Weatherlea Farm Lane on right, at white board fence.

From MD at I-495: Take I-270 from Beltway to I-70W at Frederick. Exit onto Rte. 340W/15S. Stay on 340W (do NOT take 15S to Leesburg) to Brunswick exit. Turn left off ramp to Rte 17S; take right at stoplight, continue down hill to roundabout; straight across Potomac bridge; Weatherlea Farm Lane is second left, 1/2 mile from the river.

Scenic Alternative from DC/Bethesda: Take River Rd. through Potomac and beyond until it ends at Seneca Rd. Turn right on Seneca, continue to end at stoplight in Darnestown. Left at light onto Rte. 28. Continue on Rte. 28 for approximately 20 miles; watch for little house with many birdhouses, and turn left there (Rte. 28 itself turns). Continue several more miles (stop and get an ice cream at the Creamery) into and through Point of Rocks. Turn left on Rte. 15; cross Potomac River bridge and take immediate right on Lovettsville Rd. Continue several miles into Lovettsville. Turn right at 7-11 onto Berlin Turnpike (Rte. 287). Go two miles down a long, winding hill. Look for Weatherlea Farm Lane sign on right.

Learn how to knit at Falls Church Farmers Market May 25

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Caroline Hockenberry will be teaching how to knit, or will give you help with a project next to our stand at the Falls Church farmers market on Saturday May 25th and again on June 22nd.

Here are the details:
Two hour session is from 9:30am to 11:30am
Location is next to the Solitude Wool stand, on the grass on the Park Avenue end of the market.
you can bring your own wool yarn and appropriate size of needles, or we will have kits with yarn and needles for sale.
do bring a chair if you can.
cost is $30.00. class limited to 8 students. reserve your spot (email Gretchen at f-fsolitude@mindspring), or drop in is great if class isn’t filled.

It is so pleasant sitting under the shade of the big trees along Park Avenue on the grass

New Location MD Sheep & Wool this weekend

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Congratulations to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival! 40 years! Phew. I think this festival has been really important for sheep, saving spinning from extinction, fiber arts. I know it was huge for me when having a farm and growing fiber was just a fantasy.

Hope you are able to come to the festival and celebrate everything sheep and wool!

This year we have a new location: in the Main Exhibition Hall, booth B-17 which is along the west wall. We would love to see you and show off our yarn and roving.

Spring Events

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Save the date(s)!

In reverse order…

We are planning our next Solitude Wool Field Day: Romney. On Saturday June 15th we will be at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard in Lovettsville, Virginia. WeatherLea is a beautiful farm with a great big bank barn for events. More info soon.

Hope you have blocked out May 5th and 6th for the 40th Anniversary of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. This is the grandmother of all sheep and wool festivals. I wonder if anyone has written the history of how it got started? I know it was Maryland Shepherds. I hope they are all beyond proud of themselves, because it is an extraordinary event. I don’t really know this, but it feels like this festival was the start of bringing back wool handcrafts and small flock shepherding from the brink of extinction. I guess I should try and find out…anyway, Solitude Wool will be there in a new location this year: D17 of the Main Exhibition Hall. Even if you are far, far away. Consider coming. It’s worth it.

On Sunday April 7th, we are going to open for visitors and sales at our corner of the (Endless Summer Harvest) warehouse in Purcellville, Virginia. Hours will be from noon to 4 pm. More information soon (interested in a spinner’s circle?).

And last and closest: On Saturday March 23rd, we will be one of the farms participating in the Uniquities Fiber Farmer’s Market. Hours are from 1 to 5 pm and it will again be at the Vienna, Virginia Community Center.

Solitude Wool 2013: January back to market

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


A brief announcement about Farmers Markets:

We will be back to the Falls Church Farmers Market this Saturday, January 5th. The market is starting the winter hours: opening at 9:00 am (and boy do I appreciate it!). We will probably be in a new place at the market and I won’t know where until directed on Saturday morning. Look for our polka dot tent top…or just racks of yarn. We will be there!

Then, Sunday, January 6th we will be at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market. This market also has winter hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. So civilized! We will be in our regular spot on the street.

And then for the rest of the winter our plan is to be at both these markets every other weekend:

Jan: 19th & 20th

Feb: 2 & 3 16 & 17

Mar: 2 & 3 16 & 17 30 & 31

And, as you now know if you are a farmers market customer…we bow out if it is raining…or if the roads are icy. So, if we have to miss a weekend, we might just pop in the following one to make up. I will always (at least if I am able, power outage might prevent it) put a notice on our web site if I cannot make it when scheduled.

There are bunches of other things going on:

• getting it together to put new yarn on cones for weaving up on the web site…we are late! sorry…

• will be adding the Targhee 2 yarn to the web site very soon too

• also getting information/labels ready to introduce another new yarn: Montadale baby. Really nice.

• planning our next Solitude Wool Field Day: Tunis. Date and time to be determined

I’ll announce them all as soon as we pull it together.

Thank you,

Happy New Year!!!!