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Dover Farm

Dover Farm Upper Canada Fibreshed

 

www.doverfarm.ca

I started farming nearly thirty years ago and my husband has been farming for 55 years.  We have both always been involved in the sheep business.  When we met we both were raising sheep for the meat market.  I married him because even back then shearers were hard to find, and NZ shearers even rarer.

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LANDMADE


LandMade Upper Canada Fibreshed

The Upper Canada Fibreshed is bringing farm-fresh yarn, roving and fleece to the urban maker.

12-4 pm, February 5th, 2017

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

@uppercanadfibreshed #landmade #uppercanadafibreshed


LandMade brings local fibre farmers to the Gladstone Hotel, giving urban knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, felters, makers and artists the chance to discover fleeces, rovings and yarns direct from the farm.  

Eight farms that raise sheep, alpacas and mohair will be available to talk all things fibre, and to provide locally and sustainably raised materials to the natural fibre enthusiast.  

Be sure to bring a long your needles, hooks, spindles and wheels. Making and conversation is highly encouraged over coffee, tea or wine in the Melody Bar or Cafe.


Meet the Farmers

LandMade is the perfect opportunity to meet your local UCFS farmers, learn more about ethically and sustainably-raised sheep, alpaca and mohair and purchase fleece, roving and yarn fresh from the farm.

Participating Producers:

All Sorts Acres

Circle R Farm

Freelton Fibre Mill

Lickety Spit Farm

Rampart Wool & Mill

The Common Good

The Alpaca Stop/Stone Spindle

Twin Oaks Farm

With Special Guest the Peggy Sue Collection


Fibershed Knitalong Upper Canada Fibreshed

Start Making

LandMade is the perfect opportunity to join in with Fibershed’s Knitalong.

Fibershed’s Knitalong encourages local makers to engage with their local producers through a simple knitting project. Radiata, the Knitalong pattern created by Emily Cunetto, is available for purchase on Ravelry or via Emily’s website.

Are you a new fibre enthusiast? You are very welcome to join our knitting circle at LandMade for some intro-level knitting instruction to get you started on your very own Radiata.

Fibershed Knitalong Upper Canada Fibreshed

Share Your Project

Tell the world about your project and the gorgeous local materials you used to make it! Be sure to document your project’s progress via social media using #landmade, #FibershedKAL  and #uppercanadafibreshed.

Post your pictures and send us your thoughts on making with local materials. After 4 weeks we’ll compile everyone’s images and thoughts into a final blog reflecting on the process of creating your very own LandMade project.

Please help us spread the word about the beautiful local fibres available in our fibreshed. Remember to tag us (@uppercanadafibreshed) and your local fibre producer in your posts!

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About Fibershed’s Knitalong

A “knitalong” is a way of knitting in community despite distance, a way that we can support strategic geographies around the world in coming together around a knitting pattern and theme.

Working with yarns from your local ‘fibershed,’ including small-batch yarns direct from local farms or unique handspun fiber combinations, often means that you are making adaptations to patterns written for a specific type of yarn. Here, we present a pattern that is designed specifically to highlight the unique qualities of locally-sourced yarn.

These are yarns that tell a story — of the land they come from, the breeds or varieties of plants and animals that produce the fiber, the dyestuff gathered or grown in your region, and the management and care that has gone into each step in getting the yarn into your hands.

Knitting your own local garment is also an act of prosumption — a way of engaging dialogue between producer and consumer. By nourishing the relationship between who grows and who makes our clothing, we can move beyond the barriers of strictly producing and consuming materials.

We hope you will be inspired by the 2016 Knitalong to choose a new yarn or fiber from your area, and to connect in a deeper way with the people, plants, animals, and land-base that are producing these fibers in your region.

(From Fibershed)


Fleece Alert!

Linc Farm Upper Canada Fibreshed

 

Fresh Fleece Available

Linc Farm has recently completed a shearing and have a lovely selection of fresh Finnsheep x Rambouillet (or Newfoundland) fleece for sale in the online store.

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50 Shades of Fibre

Perhaps it isn’t quite 50 shades, but at least 5 shades of fibre that is all certified Upper Canada Fibreshed wool!

 

Fibreshed roving in a selection of colours.

Fibreshed roving in a selection of colours.

Rural White – Finn: This wool if from Homer’s Mum. She was a messy finn sheep with a lovely fleece. It is soft, and felts brilliantly. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Light Grey – Shetland/Romney: This is a great wool. Strong and felts easily. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.1. More info about this wool.

Soft Brown – Shetland/ Blue Faced Leicester: This is a lovely wool that is soft and incredibly versatile. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Chestnut Brown –  Shetland/ Blue Faced Leicester: This is a lovely wool that is soft and incredibly versatile. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Natural Black- Shetland/Romney: This is a great wool. Strong and felts easily. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.17. More info about this wool.

Please consider buying wool that has been raised and processed close to home. Support your local frames and entrepreneurs!

Wool Origins

All Sorts Acre, a local lamb and wool producer.This wool is from All Sorts Acres, a farm based in just outside of Toronto specializing in both felting wool and European style lamb. They are in the process of becoming certified organic. Their sheep are pastured and they use rotational grazing practices. Sjepherdess Jennifer is an avid felter, and also co-founder of the UCFS.

 

Ute with some of her alpacas.

Ute with some of her alpacas.


Freelton Fibre Mill, in Freelton, Ontario
 was where all the wool was processed. Ute Zell is the proprietor of the mill. She is an experienced weaver, spinner, and fibre artist. She raises alpacas. Ute is a big believer in maintaining good eco-practices; before opening a fibre mill she was a naturopathic doctor, and had a certified organic milking goat dairy.


Producer Profiles: Karen Kauth of Karberry Farm

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Karen Kauth cares for a flock of 19 Shetland sheep and 1 FinnxBorder Leicester at Karberry Farm near Mountain Ontario, about an hour south of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario. She bought the farm 6 years ago and started raising sheep in 2012. Her wool is milled at Wellington Fibres in Elora Ontario and you can purchase roving and yarn in beautiful natural colours of the sheep: musket, charcoal, black and white. Below Karen shares some thoughts with us about farming, fibre and pursuing what you love.

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What excites you about recognizing a local Fibreshed? 

Knowing that there are other like minded folks doing the same, or similar thing, and being able to connect with them as a resource of experience and advice.

How did you get where you are now?

By allowing myself to admit that a regular 9-5 job was not fulfilling for me. I love to knit. The knitting led to spinning and that’s what twigged the curiosity about fibre sheep. I started my flock in January 2012 with 2 bred Shetland ewes.

What do you love most about what you do?

It just seems to be the most natural thing to do: co-exist with animals. Also, knowing that folks are looking  for my products and appreciate what we are doing to preserve this breed of sheep and other animals on the farm.

What do you find challenging?    

At the moment figuring out how much I can expand my business without growing too big too quickly. Also, marketing myself without it costing the earth.

What is special about you sheep? Do you have a favourite?

I have an unregistered ewe that came with 2 others. She should have been a cull ewe but she gets by and has the sweetest disposition. She loves to be fed her carrots and recently she gave birth to  a beautiful ewe lamb without issue or deformity (she jumped the fence). Also a wether who follows me around like a puppy!

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What is your favourite activity on the farm? 

Just standing back and observing how they go about their day and then they come for their chin rubs. Hugging lambs and watching chicks hatch and following the mother hen rate highly as  favorite activities.

To purchase some roving or yarn, please visit Karen’s Facebook page

Karen Roving