This yarn has been created by Jackie Ottino of Forage Color. Jackie travels the state of Maine looking for fabulous fleeces to have spun at Aroostook Fiberworks in Ashland. For the past two years, her yarn has been spun from CVM fleeces from a farm in Whitefield. CVM sheep are a strain of Romeldale sheep which is a relatively new breed of sheep (1915), and is a cross of Rambouillet and Romney sheep. CVM/Romeldale fleece is known for its softness, and has plenty of loft and elasticity.
Jackie has been dyeing for over 11 years. Even though she began dyeing with commercial dyes in a commercial operation in Maine, her interest in natural dyeing took over. She loves to “forage” vegetable matter to use in the dye process and her garden grows what she can not wild harvest. She states on her website, foragecolor.com, “I'm obsessed with the intricate chemistry needed to coax colors out of nature, and I'm also a total nerd about the historical context of dyeing.”
Small mill processing often creates a little irregularity in the spin of the yarn. Although this creates textured and interesting yarn, it sometimes results in a larger gauge and/or requires the knitter to go down a needle size to get the required gauge.
Unless otherwise noted, most of the colorways are 70% CVM wool and 30% alpaca. Each skein is approximately 3.5 oz and 250 yards (100% wool has 300 yards).