This past Labor Day weekend my husband and I made our way up to Montgomery Center, Vermont. We had a wedding to attend in nearby East Berkshire, so we rented a ski cabin and decided to make a nice holiday weekend of it. I had plenty of time to explore before and after the wedding, and I was delighted to stumble upon Mountain Fiber Folk, a yarn and fiber cooperative right there on Main Street.
I had a wonderful time speaking with the ladies at the shop. I learned that the yarn and fibers were almost exclusively collected from happy sheep at local farms (and when they say local, they mean local—a round-trip to all six farms takes only 2 1/2 hours of driving on their "Farm to Yarn Tour"). Wool is hand-dyed, yarn is hand-spun, and completed gift items are handmade by members of the cooperative.
I also learned about Lincoln Wool, a super-curly, heavy wool from sheep of the same name that is used to spin a nice heavy, shiny yarn, but also offers endless possibilities on its own as a felting fiber because it just looks SO DARN COOL.
I am now daydreaming of leaving the city and raising my own sheep in this tiny northern corner of Vermont.