Yarn Profile: Meadowcroft Farm Seacolors
If you want to read more about her, and I strongly urge that you do, you can read her profile in Candace Eisner Strick's Sweaters from New England Sheep Farms. It's an inspiration for anyone who dreams of producing their own yarn, and it'll make you respect her finished product more. (Plus, it includes three gansey patterns designed for this yarn by Kennedy herself.)
The colors are one-of-a-kind, limited-edition dye lots, spanning the rainbow from lime to raspberry to sage and everything in between. Just picking a color presents a challenge.
The yarn is a lanolin-rich double-ply, similar in appearance to a traditional Shetland wool but markedly softer and more resilient.
I found only a few kinks or irregularities in the spin, and only one bit of organic matter. (In this case, because the animals are fed a 100% organic diet, it really was organic matter!)
Blocking / Washing
The swatches also expanded by about 4.23 percent (from 4.25 stitches per inch to 4 stitches per inch, using U.S. 5 1/2 needles), so be sure to take this into account when measuring for your project.
Overall the yarn relaxed nicely, taking on a softer feel and look.
It will keep you warm without bulking you up. Compared to other yarns of this type, the itch factor is quite low.
The average women's sweater takes approximately five skeins, which brings the pricetag up to $75. Considering what you get -- quality wool from someone who lovingly tends her sheep and hand-dyes every single skein herself -- it's a bargain.
Worsted; 4 1/4 sts/inch (US 5 1/2 needles) prewashed, 4 sts/inch washed
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
4 oz./220 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand or machine wash gently in warm water with mild soap. (Please, no Woolite.) Lay flat to dry.
Meadowcroft Farm online ordering coming soon. For now, call Nanney at (207) 845-2587 for color cards and orders.