Gotland sheep produce a lustrous fiber that is soft and silky. However, getting it made into yarn at a Maine fiber mill is a bit of a challenge. Gotland tends to suffer big losses of fiber through its processing - especially the dark fleeces. It is therefore a bit of a rarity to find mill-spun Gotland yarn from Maine.
We had Gotland fleece from Shepherds Craft Farm processed into yarn at Aroostook Fiberworks in Ashland. There, it was mixed with 20% merino wool in an effort to help with processing.
At the moment we have three colorways: a rich dark grey in bulky weight, and natural white and silver that are available in dk weight, worsted and bulky.
The bulky weight has approximately 90 yards (dark grey) or 110 (white) for a 100 gram hank. It knits at 3.5 - 3.75 sts. per inch on a US #9 or #10 needle. The worsted has approximately 160 yards on a 100 gram hank and knits at 4 - 4 1/2 sts. per inch on a US #7 or #8 needle. The dk weight has approximately 215 yards on a 100 gram hank and knits at 5 - 5 1/2 sts. per inch on a US #5 or #6 needle.
Shepherds Craft Farm is located in Whitefield. Shepherd Laurel Banks' enthusiasm for sustainable farming - both from an economic and environmental standpoint - is contagious. She is passionate about producing the finest fleeces. Read about our visit to Shepherds Craft Farm on our blog.