This hand-dyed natural Romney and alpaca yarn with blue/purple dye was created exclusively for Two Sheeps LLC by Whitney Freeman of Henny Penny Farm (hennypennfarmct.com), a Connecticut-based sheep farm. Here’s how Whitney describes this one of a kind yarn:
“This yarn. This Labor of Love. This marriage of my dye pots with my local yarn mill’s artistry is FINALLY available on Feb 1 from @two.sheeps!
“I am honored to have contributed to their 2022 calendar, which this year is filled with farm yarns.
“What is a farm yarn? In our case, it is like a sophisticated red-blend wine. I hand-select each fleece for each yarn project. For this particular project, the mill washed and picked the wool, then returned it to me to mordant and dye with natural dyes.
“I divided all of the wool locks into 20 batches, each one of a slightly different color to add as much depth as possible to this Love-themed yarn.
“The hardest thing about using natural dyes is the amount of washes necessary to dislodge any dye sediment from the wool. And in the case of the indigo, which was part of 5 batches, there is 10 washes after you dye. 10!
“But once all of the locks of wool were dyed and washed and dried, they went to Windover Mill, just 30 minutes down the road, where Clare fed the different colors into her machines by hand to achieve this beautiful tweed-like and variable effect.
“‘Love Sweet Love’ is a squishy 95% Romney / 5% alpaca yarn. It is unable to be recreated. It is one of the prettiest yarns I have made to date. Don’t miss out on this yarn!”
Colorway: ‘Love Sweet Love’
Yarn weight: 2-ply worsted
Yarn content: Romney, Alpaca
~ 140 yards per 100 g skein
BONUS: Our first Two Sheeps pattern, ‘Love Sweet Love Cowl’, will be sent via email as a *free* downloadable PDF to each purchaser of our February colorway! This easy cabled cowl uses one skein of ‘Love Sweet Love’ yarn! 🐑🐑💓
Please check all photos of this yarn that are posted here and on our Instagram feed to see the yarn color under different lighting conditions.
Each of these hand-dyed skeins is unique. We recommend alternating skeins as you knit or crochet if your project requires 2 or more skeins.
About Romney Sheep:
“Romney are the finest of the long wool breeds, so they combine the best of both worlds. They have lustre, being a long wool, but can still be soft. They have crimp that makes the fleece look like it is made up of crinkle-cut French fries. This makes it a delight to knit and to spin, and also it blends so wonderfully with other fibers.
The breed itself has a wonderful, gentle temperament despite their larger size.” - Whitney of Henny Penny Farm 🐑🐑💓