Knitting: Flyaway Farm

Quote of the Day: I love a man who speaks his mind — no matter how small it is.

I love supporting small businesses, especially small yarn producers … and it is even more wonderful if the yarn is spun and hand-dyed from the fleece of sheep “raised and grazed on the meadows” of the owner’s farm.  I found what I thought was such a product with Flyaway Farm’s sport-weight yarn in “rowan,” a lovely woodsy green with flickers of brown.

I enjoy the slight unevenness of rustic wool, the “farm” bits left behind on the fleece (makes me feel closer to the sheep), the color variations from the hand-dying process.  But …  there is color variation, and then there is (completely avoidable) poor quality control:

Yarn from Flyaway Farm (La Pointe, Wisconsin)

Behold my not-as-beautiful-as-I-thought Flyaway Farm yarn, marred by strips of beige where the dye did NOT take because the yarn had been tied off too tightly for the color to penetrate.  Two of the three skeins I bought have these ugly sections, four per skein …  and there is nothing I can do about it.

Yes, I know, hand crafted yarn, can’t expect perfection and even color saturation, blah blah blah …  Well, it is precisely because it’s hand-crafted that I expect more care on the part of the artisan — in this case, Cynthia Dalzell, shepherd. There is absolutely nothing charming about the undyed sections of my yarn, and Cynthia Dalzell should be embarrassed that these skeins made it to market.  Hand-crafted yarn, like dessert, should not disappoint.


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