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October 6, 2021

PREVIEW: Indie Untangled Everywhere Exclusives

  • A coil of brown rustic yarn.

We’re less than two weeks away from Indie Untangled Everywhere, the big virtual show hosted by Indie Untangled!

Many of the vendors will be offering show exclusives, including us! We’ll be debuting a brand new yarn and roving. Read on to learn a bit more about our show specials. And remember to get your tickets before the big day (Friday, October 15) by going here.

First the yarn, Terra Pretta. This yarn is a soft, tri-blend of bay black alpaca fleece and dark colored wool from Shetland and Jacob sheep. The yarn gets its name from an ancient cultivated soil found in the Amazon rainforest. Indigenous people created the soil by compositing a variety of the organic matter. Like its namesake, our yarn is a rich brown and brings together different ingredients into a cohesive whole.

The roving is called Cottontail. A blend of mohair locks and Shetland sheep wool, this roving resembles a soft, white bunny tail in both color and handle (or so I imagine!). When spun up into yarn, the yarn has a soft halo to go with its buttery soft feel.

Show attendees will have first dibs on these two products! Learn more and get your tickets.

August 31, 2021

Zwhat’s up with Zwartbles?

  • A twisted hank of black yarn with red undertones.

Our yarn Ultisol has a very special ingredient. It went on a long journey across the pond to arrive stateside, with 50 pounds of it showing up in two very large bags at my doorstep.

That ingredient is Zwartbles sheep wool.

Zwartbles sheep are a European breed. They are not raised in North America, where Gothfarm Yarn is based. The wool in our yarn was imported from a supplier in the Netherlands. The name Zwartbles is Dutch for “black with a blaze” – which is a nice, concise description of the sheep breed.

The name is pronounced “Z-vart-bles.” A Dutch woman was kind enough to politely correct me when I was calling it “Z-wart-bulls.” I have a friend who just calls it the “Z sheep” to be on the safe side!

Zwartbles wool is naturally black, but the sun easily bleaches the tips. This gives the black wool a red undertone, with overall color coming pretty close to dark chocolate. In our yarn Ultisol, we blend the Zwartbles wool with fiber from Cinnamon Red Huacaya alpaca. The result is a dynamic dark brown yarn with auburn highlights. The yarn is named after a rich red soil type.

Ultisol has a medium-soft, springy feel, making it great for all sorts of outerwear. (Check out the Bearclaw beanie – a pattern designed especially with Ultisol in mind – in picture five.)

The yarn is 2-ply and worsted weight, and due to differences in the staple length in the sheep wool and alpaca fleece, has a more rustic appearance. It can pass for handspun even though it is 100% mill spun. And if you’re into handspinning, make sure to check out our Ultisol roving. It’s the same fiber, just unspun.

Zwartbles wool is not very common in commercial yarn. The reason for that includes color, availability, and the market dominance of Merino. We love being able to highlight – and enhance – wool from a distinct, international sheep breed.

There’s a whole wide world of fiber out there. Our yarns offer a way to explore it.

August 16, 2021

Check Out What’s in Stock: Natural Reds

  • A close-up of red-orange yarn.

What comes to mind when you think of the color red? A stoplight? A fire truck?

In environments built by humans, red is often synonymous with urgency and attention. But natural reds from wool and fleece have a different effect. They’re less attention-grabbing fire alarm and more cozy fireside.

The comforting color mirrors the very warmth the fiber provides.

At Gothfarm Yarn, we’re currently well stocked with natural red yarns. The hue varies from deep and saturated to barely blushing. It comes from the amount of natural red fiber in each yarn blend – no dyes or synthetic fibers required.

Three of our yarns get their red color from cinnamon red Huacaya alpaca fleece. In our deepest reds, Ultisol and Aswan, it makes up about half their fiber. In our lighter hue Arkose, it’s just a touch.

Our yarn Alabaster is alpaca free. This yarn primarily owes its light red hue to wool from the aptly named California Red Sheep. This sheep breed’s fleece is interspersed with brick red hair. We added a touch of red mohair to help bring out the red a bit more. The result is a warm, tweedy yarn reminiscent of the stone for which the yarn named.

All together, our yarns offer a warm and relaxing take on red. It’s all thanks to the array of fauna that grow the natural, undyed fiber used in all of our yarns.

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.