July 4, 2021

Tour de Fleece special: BOGO 30% off on all roving!

  • Gray roving.

As cyclists speed around France, wool lovers are spinning their own wheels along with them during the Tour de Fleece 2021!

The Tour de Fleece is a way to motivate/challenge/excuse yourself to spin as much yarn as possible from June 26 – July 18. We are well stocked on roving to keep your wheel (or spindle) turning during the whole tour. To keep the fiber flowing, we’re offering a special Tour de Fleece special: Buy one get one 30% off on all rovings! Just enter code SPINIT at checkout.

Our rovings are:
-100% Jacob wool roving
– Ultisol, a blend of Red Huacaya Alpaca & Zwartbles sheep wool
-100% Coopworth wool roving
– Cirrus, a pencil roving made from a blend of Jacob wool and Shetland wool

Like all of our products, our rovings are made from undyed, naturally colored fibers. Each one has a unique look and feel that relates directly to the fauna that grew the fiber.

Learn more about each roving in our online shop! And remember to enter “SPINIT” at checkout for BOGO 30% off! Offer ends on July 18.

June 26, 2021

Our Top Summer Picks!

  • A white t-shirt with a horned sheep that reads Gothfarm Yarn.

The summer heat is here! And while we are big believers in getting ahead on winter knitting in summer months, we get that a worsted, wool yarn can be a bit much!

With that in mind, we put together a list of our favorite summer products. They're perfect for hot days, summer outfits, and poolside projects.

Let me tell you a bit about each one!

1. Gothfarm Yarn Tshirt (S – 2XXL): Made from 100% cotton and screen-printed locally in Austin, Texas, our Gothfarm Yarn tshirts are a perfect way to show your love of indie yarn when out and about. Goes great with BBQs and camping trips.

2. Aten: Our yarn Aten is laceweight and made from 100% undyed Muga silk. The naturally golden silk catches the summer sun, adding a wonderful shine to your finished objects. Try carrying it along with cotton yarn to add a marled effect to your warm-weather knits.

3. Summer Clutch (pattern): This one is for the weavers! The Gothfarm Yarn Summer Clutch is a simple weaving pattern that uses a single skein of our yarn Kaolin on a cotton warp. This elegant clutch is great for casual outings or formal affairs. It's been my go-to bag for summer weddings for years!

4. Veggie Ivory Buttons (set of 4): These buttons are the perfect finishing touch on any handmade garment. The buttons are carved from tagua nuts, a material known as "vegetable ivory" due to its color and durability. You can keep the buttons creamy white or dye them whatever color you like.

5. Gothfarm Yarn tote bag: Use it to carry WIPs and/or beach towels. The tote is made from canvas and screen-printed locally in Austin, Texas.

6. Muskeg: We love summer sock knitting for its portability and ease. Our yarn Muskeg is one of our top sock picks due to its blend of Rambouillet Merino wool and mohair, which give the yarn durability and spring. Like all our yarns, Muskeg is undyed. The beautiful soil brown shade comes directly from the fiber. Looking for a lighter color? Try our yarn Arkose instead. It's the same weight, made from similar materials, and a blushing white hue.

That's it for now! Stay cool & knit/crochet/weave on.

May 28, 2021

Sturdy & Stylish: Meet Karst

  • A twisted hank of gray yarn.

Karst made its official debut at the Indie Spotlight show earlier this month. Now it’s available to everyone — along with a new sock pattern to boot!

Karst is a sport-weight yarn made from a blend of white Cheviot sheep wool (the fiber traditionally used in kilt socks) and stormy Huacaya alpaca fleece.

Like all our yarn, the fiber is undyed. The whisper gray color comes directly from the fiber itself. The yarn’s namesake is a nod to karst landscapes, which are common here in Central Texas, and dominated by light gray limestone.

Karst is a great sock yarn, with a sturdy, medium feel that is still soft enough for next-to-skin wear. In fact, as soon as I got this yarn back from the mill, I asked Alissa Barton of the Knitting Fairy if she would be interested in whipping up a sock pattern just for Karst! The result is the Barn Sock, a thick and snug sock that’s great when you want some extra padding along with extra warmth.

The pattern requires two skeins of Karst and is available on RavelryRavelry.

April 26, 2021

Make a Summer Clutch and More with Kaolin

  • Two hands hold up a white woven clutch.

Our yarn Kaolin is a killer weaving yarn. Case in point: the Gothfarm Yarn Summer Clutch.

The woven clutch’s simple, repeating chevron motif brings out Kaolin’s natural luster, which comes from a generous quantity of undyed, natural white Lincoln Longwool sheep locks.

The Longwool locks also give the yarn a rugged feel. This makes the clutch a sturdy, hardwearing item that works as an on-the-go bag or a more formal accessory. The Longwool is blended with Tunis sheep wool, which helps smooth out the yarn while imparting a warm, ivory white hue.

The pattern for the woven clutch is available in our online shop, and available for FREE with purchase of at least one skein of Kaolin. Just add everything to your cart and enter code “Clutch” at checkout.

Not a weaver? Kaolin is still a great option for harder-wearing knit and crochet projects, such as CJ Johnson’s Cassie Wristlet (Ravelry link).

No matter the project, keep Kaolin in mind for accessories where texture, sturdiness and, of course, eye-catching looks, are part of the plan!

March 25, 2021

Sustainable, Durable, Fashionable: Vegetable Ivory Buttons

  • Ivory buttons scattered over blue fabric.

Buttons add functionality and style to every garment. Our vegetable ivory buttons do that while serving as a sustainable alternative to plastic buttons.

Each button is carved from tagua, a nut known for its resemblance to ivory both in look and feel. The nuts are produced by a type of palm tree native to rainforests in Central and South America and have long been used as an animal friendly substitute for ivory.

We offer two types of vegetable ivory buttons: Solid white and spotted. (The spotting is due to natural color variations found in the raw tagua material.) But if you fancy a different color, vegetable ivory is still a great choice. The tagua nut material is full of microscopic pores and will easily soak up dye.

Our buttons come in a pack of four and vary slightly in shape and size. In general, each one is about the size of a quarter.

Vegetable ivory’s good looks and durability made it a popular button material before plastics. Today, these buttons serve as a unique, environmentally friendly, and eye-catching choice!

Our buttons are made in a tagua workshop in Ecuador that primarily employs young women, allowing them to earn money while staying in school or supporting their families.

March 1, 2021

Roving Roundup + 10% Off

  • A ball of brown wool fiber.

Our yarn usually has the spotlight. But we’re dedicating this post to the material that makes yarn possible in the first place: roving!

Like our yarn, all of our roving is made from undyed, naturally colored fibers. We currently have five roving types in stock:

1. Cirrus – A pencil roving made from blended Jacob sheep & Shetland sheep wool. The fiber is different shades of stormy gray.

2. Coopworth – 100% Coopworth sheep wool. The fiber is a warm, variegated gray with shades of brown.

3. Navajo-Churro roving – 100% Navajo-Churro sheep wool. The roving is deep brown, with some white guard hairs. It is used to make our yarn Walnut.

4. Ultisol roving – A blend of cinnamon red Huacaya alpaca and Zwartbles sheep wool imported from the Netherlands. The roving is a a dynamic brown with red undertones. It is used to make our yarn Ultisol.

5. Jacob Sheep roving – 100% Jacob Sheep wool. The fiber is a heathered gray hue. (This fiber is Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em eligible!)

One more thing: Take 10% off your order with the coupon code “gratitude.” The coupon marks the end of #fiberuary — a social media celebration of all things fiber. Check out our Instagram page to see all our Fiberuary posts!

February 15, 2021

New Pencil Roving: Cirrus

I’ve always been a fan of pencil roving. The pencil-width and delicate handle make it a joy to knit, as well as spin!

Our new pencil roving, Cirrus, has both these attributes. Add in its dappled gray hue, and it’s like crafting with a storm cloud!

Cirrus is 100% wool, and made from a blend of Jacob sheep and Shetland sheep fleece. There are no dyes or synthetic fibers, so both the color and the texture come directly from the sheep that grew it. The overall feel is a medium soft.

100% wool pencil roving is a versatile material. In addition to knitting and spinning, you can easily felt it. If you’re new to using it, here are a couple tips to keep in mind!

– If you’re knitting or crocheting, treat it like a delicate, single-ply worsted yarn.

– If you’re spinning, spin it counter-clockwise to help release some of its native twist and make it easier to draft.

– If you’re needle felting, take advantage of its narrow width and gauzy feel to add intricate details, or roll it up to create core forms.

Each bump of Cirrus pencil roving is approximately 4 oz and 150 yards.

January 31, 2021

Nature’s Rainbow: Adding Color With Alpaca

  • Cream yarn with pops of red.

True black. Cinnamon red. Stormy gray. Sunny fawn.

That’s just a small sample of the array of natural fleece colors produced by alpacas. According to the Alpaca Owner’s Association, the spectrum of colors can be sorted into 16 standard hues!

At Gothfarm Yarn, we often use alpaca fleece to add a pop of color to our yarns. As an added benefit, alpaca adds a delightfully soft handle, with alpaca having a smoother feel than wool fibers of a similar width.

We currently have four alpaca blend yarns:

1. Arkose: Cinnamon red alpaca + White Rambouillet Merino wool

2. Aswan: Cinnamon red alpaca + Jacob sheep wool

3. Carbonado: True black alpaca + Gotland sheep wool + East Friesian sheep wool

4. Ultisol: Cinnamon red alpaca + Zwartbles sheep wool (also available as a roving!)

We don’t use dyes or synthetic materials in our yarns. Instead, we opt for undyed fleeces – and embrace the natural colors and textures they offer. And we love drawing on the natural rainbow available in alpaca fleece. We’ll be releasing more alpaca yarn in more colors later this year, so stay tuned!

Interested in learning more about alpacas an their fleeces? Check out the Fauna section of our website for more information.

December 24, 2020

Navajo-Churro sweater kit

  • A colorwork sweater in neutrals.

The relationship between the Navajo people (who call themselves the Diné) and Navajo-Churro sheep has lasted for centuries, with the wool primarily used to create beautiful woven items. Our sweater adaption, the “Diné Motif Design,” brings traditional Diné weaving motifs into a new realm — sweater knitting — while maintaining traditional materials and centering the design of a contemporary Diné weaver.

The design is an adaption of of the “Rug” sweater, a beloved pattern by knitwear designer Junko Okamoto. The “Diné Motif Design” is the latest in a longline of adaptations and a collaboration between Gothfarm Yarn and Kevin Aspaas, a Diné weaver.

The adaption changes the original design in two ways:
– It replaces the colorwork sections with an original design by Aspaas.
– And it replaces the suggested yarn with 100% Navajo-Churro yarn from Gothfarm Yarn. Like all our yarn, the Churro yarn is made from naturally colored, undyed wool.

Navajo-Churro is a rugged, hardwearing wool! It’s not your typical garment yarn — especially in our age of superwash Merino and acrylic blends. But wearing it is easy if you just keep a couple things in mind.

-Wear a thick, long-sleeved shirt under the sweater.
-Remember that the Rug pattern has a wide neck, which keeps the wool clear from sensitive neck skin.

That’s it!

The “Diné Motif Design” adaption pattern is available as a FREE download on our website. The “Rug” pattern by Junko Okamoto must be downloaded to knit this adaption. It is currently free on Ravelry.

The kit — which includes the yarn and a high-quality hard copy of the adaption — is also available on our website.

Get some Churro on those needles!

November 19, 2020

Check Out Our Churro Yarn + Support Navajo Weavers

  • Cream-colored yarn.

Navajo-Churro sheep are a distinct and beautiful breed. They come in an array of natural colors; have a heavy dual-coated fleece made up of a hairy overcoat and downy undercoat; and heads crowned with impressive, curved horns.

While most other domestic sheep breeds have been selected for white and soft fleeces, the Churro is valued for its diversity. There are breed standards. But they make room for diversity in fleece color and fleece texture. This is largely due to the influence of the Navajo/Diné people, who developed the breed over centuries and continue to do so to this day, prizing the hardy colored wool for weaving.

We’re big fans of color and texture, too, at Gothfarm Yarn. That’s why we are so excited to have 100% Navajo-Churro wool yarn in four natural and undyed colors.

Bone – a natural white, DK-weight yarn

Slate – a natural gray, DK-weight yarn

Apricot – a natural beige, worsted-weight yarn

Walnut – a natural brown, worsted-weight yarn (also available as a roving)

Each yarn is spun up in single-ply that blends both coats together.

The yarn and roving are “Shave ‘em to Save ‘em” eligible. Plus, for all of November, we’re donating 10% of each Navajo-Churro skein and roving sale to Diné be’ iiná, a non-profit that supports Navajo shepherds, weavers and wool workers.

On another note, “National Knit Your Own Sweater Month” is still going strong! Get 25% your entire order of six skeins or more (excluding the Churro yarn) with the checkout code “STOCKUP.” The offer expires midnight on Nov. 30.