Yarn Profile: Granite State Green
The resulting near-white, lanolin-rich, two-ply yarn is plush, soft, and elastic, with a faint irregularity of spin that resembles the finest handspun yarn.
The sheep who lend their fleece to this yarn belong to New Hampshire's Grazing Power Project. They spend their days happily roaming New Hampshire's transmission power line rights of way clearing potentially troublesome vegetation.
Even with my eyes closed, knitting by touch alone, I produced consistent results on both knit and purl rows.
There were occasional flecks of vegetable matter and two knots in my skein. If this were an expensive, highly processed yarn from an elite designer yarn company, I might have been miffed. But in this case vegetable matter is par for the course, and knots are luck of the draw.
Blocking / Washing
Much of Granite State Green's allure is hidden until you wash your garment for the first time. The fibers bloomed into a cohesive, smooth, beautiful fabric. This picture shows an unwashed swatch (left side) and washed swatch (right side).
My swatches survived a moderate amount of strenuous friction before the knitted surface began to blur. After more abuse, some gentle pills appeared. Thanks to a marvelous memory, however, the fiber bounced back into shape after countless cruel tuggings.
Granite State Green's innate softness (many of the sheep are Rambouillet) makes it suitable for any next-to-the-skin wear, including for babies. Despite the pilling issue -- which is true for almost any woolen-spun yarn -- I still feel comfortable recommending this for a regular-wear garment.
You can use Granite State Green in its basic off-white state for anything, including gorgeous Guernseys, Arans, or shawls. Or if you're feeling creative, you can experiment with dyeing it different colors. Considering where the sheep spend their days, I think an electric blue is in order.
Granite State Green
Green Mountain Spinnery
100% fine wool
5-6 stitches per inch
Average retail price
Where to Buy Online
Green Mountain Spinnery
Weight/Yardage per Skein
2oz. / 180 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
None given. We recommend gently washing in lukewarm water with mild soap, rinse in lukewarm water, roll in a towel and then lay flat away from heat to dry. The yarn will felt in the washing machine.