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A Visit to A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, January 2017

Helen Sahadi

In the middle of rural Maine and not  far from well-known western Maine towns, lies a sweet sheep farm in Sumner, called A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm.  The herd isn't large, but with 32 breeding ewes there is enough yarn produced to keep the on-site store supplied, customers at a handful of Maine fairs and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool happy, and followers who will order their yarn based on their reputation, satisfied.  

Our experience is that the yarn from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm feels like we are knitting a country and a luxury fiber at the same time!  The wool comes from the fleeces of Finn, Border Leicester and Romney sheep, and occasionally alpaca and angora fibers are blended in. 

Maryann and Marty have been working their farm in Sumner for about 20 years, but it has only been in the past 10 years that they have ramped it up to be a noteworthy place for fiber lovers.  Besides the yarn, they offer many other fiber products and hold regularly scheduled gatherings, workshops, and even retreats. They keep their website up to date with their upcoming events. The website is easy to navigate and full of information about who they are and what they do.

Ellie dyeing yarn in small batches.

(Ellie dyeing yarn in small batches.)

We were lucky to secure yarn to send our subscribers, but won't be stocking it on our website since A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm sells out of their yarn without the help of retailers! (However, we stock their needle felting kits!)  Although their website is not set up as an e-commerce website, there is a link on their website to a limited selection of their products on Etsy. We recommend that you make a visit to the farm as part of a "get-away day" combined with a swim, or an easy hike in the summer, or maybe foliage viewing in the fall.  We are sure you'll have a great time!


17 comments

  • I loved knitting with this yarn. The texture was amazing and unlike anything I’ve yet used— very “sticky!”

    Lake

  • The sheep look adorable with such depth of color! My boys and I need to visit.

    LaNae Moline

  • The next time we visit James & Liz Deane I will definitely want to visit your farm. That is so nice to add the picture of the lamb to where the wool came from. I do knit and would very much like to knit with your yarn to make a scarf to ward off the cold. Mary Jane Deane Sickles

    Mary SIckles

  • Mmmm. Finn. I may need to make a trip up there

    Colleen

  • I feel a road trip coming on!

    Ellie King


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