March 28, 2022

Carbonized Bamboo for You: Nebelung

A coiled skein of gray yarn.

Spring is officially here! To me, the season calls for shawls and light scarves. Our sport-weight yarn Nebelung is perfect for crafting these items, or really anything that drapes.

Nebelung is a bit denser than your usual wool yarn. That’s because it’s a blend of wool AND carbonized bamboo.

Bamboo fiber is well known for making a dense, smooth yarn with a great drape. Carbonized bamboo does that while also giving yarn a distinct steel gray hue. The color is all natural and comes about during the carbonization process, an industrial work-up that entails incinerating bamboo stalks and reconstituting the charred fibers into a smooth roving.

At Gothfarm Yarn, we embrace undyed, natural colors. Nebelung’s overall matte gray hue comes from mixing the carbonized bamboo with naturally colored Coopworth sheep wool, which helps boost the yarn’s overall body and color depth.

Nebelung is great on its own, but we also love pairing it with indie dyed yarns. Add it to lighter colors to heighten contrast. Add it to darker palettes to heighten stormy vibes.

Remember! Visit our website to sign up for the Gothfarm Yarn Newsletter for 15% off & to stay in the loop on our latest yarns!

December 28, 2021

2021 Yarn & Roving Recap

  • A collage of gray and cream yarn and the number 2021.

Although the coronavirus kept us homebound for another year, that didn’t stop us from releasing four new products – two yarns and two rovings – in 2021! The products debuted at Indie Untangled virtual shows. I’m hoping it won’t be too much longer until I can introduce them to people in person! Like all our yarn and roving, our 2021 releases are made from blends of undyed, naturally-colored fiber and were processed by small, independent mills in the United States.

Here’s a bit about each one!

Karst – A whisper gray, sportweight yarn. Made from a blend of Cheviot sheep wool and a touch of alpaca.

Cottontail – A soft, shiny white roving. Made from a blend of Shetland sheep wool and mohair locks, this roving has a great halo when spun up into yarn.

Terra Preta – A rich brown, worsted-weight yarn. A tri-blend of Shetland sheep wool, Jacob sheep wool and alpaca fleece.

Cirrus – A pencil roving that can be spun into yarn or knit as is. Its stormy gray shade comes from a blend of Shetland sheep and Jacob sheep wool.

That’s a wrap from us for 2021! We hope to be back with more wooly wonders come 2022!

December 12, 2021

Merry Mohair Special + White Christmas Yarn Inspo

  • White roving and yarn sits on red, green and yellow plaid.

In Nordic countries, the yule goat, or Julbocken, is a winter holiday tradition.

The yule goat hearkens back to pagan times when it was connected to winter harvest rituals. Today, you mainly see it depicted in straw sculptures and ornaments that spread holiday cheer.

To my eye, many illustrations of the yule goat resemble Angora goats, which we all know and love as prolific producers of mohair.

In honor of our favorite holiday goat, we’re offering 10% all mohair products! Just add your favorite mohair products to the cart and enter “MERRYMOHAIR” at checkout. (Offer expires Dec. 25).

Our mohair products include our roving Cottontail, a mohair and Shetland wool blend that’s soft and shiny with a great drape, as well as four unique yarns: Muskeg (amber mohair and brown Rambouillet Merino wool), Arkose (white mohair, white Rambouillet Merino, red alpaca), Gabbro (black mohair and Jacob sheep wool), and Alabaster (red mohair and California Red sheep wool)

Arkose and Alabaster are among our collection of what I call “blushing white” yarns, blending just a touch of red with otherwise white fiber. We have two other white yarns, Bone (100% Navajo-Churro) and Kaolin (Tunis and Lincoln Longwool). If you’re looking for any projects that reflect the White Christmas color palette, we have options! Check them all out and get inspired.

I hope you have a great holiday with lots of quality time with a favorite fiber craft.

November 26, 2021

Best of the Worsted!

  • A close-up of natural red yarn.

We love all our yarn. But that doesn’t stop us from having current favorites.

Right now, that’s our worsted-weight yarn. And not just any worsted-weight yarn, but our softer stuff. It’s great for crafting last minute gifts, with the thicker yarn weight working up relatively quickly. But it feels so nice you might find yourself wanting to work up a whole sweater.

Like all of our yarn, our current faves are made from blends of undyed, naturally-colored fiber. They don’t contain dyes or synthetics.

On to the yarn! Our “Best of the Worsted” list is:

Ultisol – A dynamic auburn brown yarn with a great squish. Made from a blend of cinnamon red alpaca fleece and dark Zwartbles sheep wool.

Terra Preta – A deep soil brown. Made from a tri-blend of dark Shetland wool, Jacob wool, and alpaca fleece.

Aswan – A natural red with heathered gray. Made from a blend of gray Jacob sheep wool and cinnamon red alpaca fleece.

Cirrus – Technically not a yarn. But this stormy gray pencil roving doesn’t care. Knit or crochet with it to create a soft and lofty fabrics. A strand is delicate on its own, but strong knitted up together. Made from a blend of white Shetland wool and gray Jacob sheep wool.

Check them all out in our online shop!

November 22, 2021

All Logo Tees, Totes & Stickers 20% OFF + Black Friday Promo

  • A sticker with a black sheep that reads Gothfarm Yarn.

All week long (Nov. 22 – Nov. 28), we’re offering 20% off all tees, totes and stickers! No coupon required. Just head on over to the online shop. The discounted price will show up in your shopping cart.

Screen-printed in a local shop here in Austin, Texas, our tees and totes are functional and stylish. They’re also a great way to show your support for Gothfarm Yarn, and get conversations going about rare sheep, natural fibers, and undyed yarn. (Note: these are my favorite kinds of conversations.)

As Thanksgiving approaches, please know that we’re so thankful to have you as part of our flock!

One more thing: We’ll be sending out a special, one-day Black Friday offer soon, and our mailing list subscribers get first dibs. If you’re not already on the list, visit our website to sign up!

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.