I decided to go a little off the beaten track for my first yarn finding expedition of 2015. Visiting Mary Bell’s flock of gorgeous herdwick sheep in Cumbria has been on my list for a while. We bought two lovely specimens form Mary last year but I was otherwise occupied on collection day so didn’t make the trip. David returned with tales of hand dyed yarn and stylish rugs made from the flock’s wool.
Crookabeck farm is in Patterdale, an absolutely stunning part of the Lake District. The farm is reached up a track and is on the coast to coast pathway (another thing on my bucket list). The family run B&Bs for walkers as well as the farm so perhaps one day I will get to stay the night!
For those of you who have been to Yarnfest, Mary is the person who looks after the animals at the show.
The shop is cosy and warm and really feels like part of the farm. The cheerful colours and little herdwick hats are perfect. The usual dizzy spin ensues whilst I decide what to treat myself to. I finally come away with five balls of hand dyed yarn and two scarves. See for yourselves what is available on Mary’s website. www.crookabeck.co.uk
We were then treated to a look at the flock. I think herdwick sheep have the most adorable faces, now made iconic by the fantastic Herdy brand www.herdy.co.uk . It’s just wonderful to meet people who care so much about their animals and who produce delicious yarny goodness for the rest of us to enjoy.
I hope that many smaller producers will sign up to the website so that we can easily find and visit them and share what we buy and make from their yarn.
I haven’t decided what to make with my haul yet as I have some projects I MUST finish before I start on anything else. I will add it to the stash and wait until it decides what it want to be. Incidentally, doesn’t it tone nicely with my www.verabradley.com large project bag and my www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk small project bag #got a thing for purple!