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New Yarns!

October 6, 2015

It’s been some time since Ashland Bay has introduced a new yarn, although it is not for lack of trying! Developing new yarns can take quite a bit of time. We have been working on 3 new yarns for quite a while now, and now it seems they are all ready at the same time!…

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Year of the Sheep – Shetland

September 27, 2015

photo source This year’s Shetland Wool Week is September 26- October 4, 2015. This event is in its 6th year and it is a celebration of Shetland Sheep, their wool and their economic importance to the Shetland Islands. Ashland Bay is also celebrating Shetland Sheep and their wool as the next Sheep breed in the…

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Targhee – Year of the Sheep

September 14, 2015

image source History This story begins nearly a century ago, with researchers at the Experimental Sheep Station in Dubois, Idaho who had a vision for the ideal sheep and its wool.  This sheep would combine the most desirable wool qualities of softness and strength with a sheep that could survive and thrive in the Western…

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Gotland – Year of the Sheep

August 31, 2015

photo source History While not everyone agrees on the genetic origins of the Gotland Sheep, they do agree that the breed originated on the Island of Gotland, off the east coast of Sweden in the early 20th century. Today’s Gotland sheep belong to the Northern European short-tailed sheep family and are thought to be the…

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Polwarth – Year of the Sheep

August 17, 2015

Image source While Ashland Bay carries several Polwarth products, we’ve chosen to highlight our 100% Certified Organic Polwarth Wool Top from the Falkland Islands. This wool is specifically selected for Ashland Bay from two family farms on the Islands. These sheep are raised organically and are not dipped for pesticides. The fields they graze in…

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Wensleydale – Year of the Sheep

August 3, 2015

While most people recognize the name Wensleydale, it’s usually because of the cheese. However, there is no real connection between the two, other than the fact that the both originated from the Wensleydale area of Yorkshire.  A large number of British sheep names are derived from the area they originated from. This is true of…

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Cheviot – Year of the Sheep

July 19, 2015

Cheviot sheep originated in the Cheviot Hills on the border of Scotland and England. They produce 1/7th of the total wool production in Scotland. Cheviot wool, known for its durability, is used in socks, sweaters, blankets and wool tweeds for jackets and fine suiting material. These sheep originated in Scotland but are now found in…

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Merino – Year of the Sheep

July 8, 2015

                 image: http://pages.rapha.cc/stories/the-merino-miracle Merino wool is arguably one of the most recognized breeds of sheep today. “Made with Merino” labels are used on products to add instant value.  Merino wool has become synonymous with soft, against the skin comfort. But there is so much more to know about this…

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Ashland Bay’s Year of the Sheep Celebration

June 30, 2015

                                   image from Content.time.com As hand spinners, dyers and felters, we have the distinct privilege of working with any type of fiber we can get our hands on. It’s like cooking from scratch. You know exactly what is in…

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Wool Classification for Domestic Sheep

June 29, 2015

                         picture courtesy of sheepshow.com Breeds of sheep can be classified in several different ways. Examples being, classed by their suitability for meat production vs wool production, topography of the area they originated or the type of wool they produce. For Ashland Bay’s purposes,…

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