Farm Fiber Day @
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Welcome to Farm Fiber Day at the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market, which takes place on Sunday, January 26  from 10 AM to 3 PM  in 
the greenhouses at Russell's Garden Center in Wayland.

 Forty fiber vendors will attend, eight for the first time. 
There will be a map of the fiber vendors locations, 
so that you will be able to find them all. 
There will be plenty of food to enjoy. Scroll down  to the bottom of the  email to see the complete list of vendors, including a few of our Saturday market food vendors offering seafood, meat, frozen prepared foods, artisan bread, maple products, wine, cannoli and pet treats.

If you are unable to join us this Sunday, there will be a second 
Farm Fiber Day on Sunday, March 1 from 10 AM to 3 PM.
The vendors will not be identical to the January event.

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*** Please note, the regular Wayland Winter Farmers Market
 will take place as usual on Saturday, January 25. If you are a 
subscriber to this email, you will receive another email later this  week with  all of the details about Saturday's Market.
Once again, Alice Field from Foxhill Farm won the top prizes in the Fleece Competition at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in October. 
In addition to being declared champion in the White Fleece and Colored Fleece categories, for the second year in a row she 
achieved the status of Supreme Champion for the entire competition.
Sue Warden proudly admires the ribbon display at the farm's booth.

Favour Valley Woodworking is a small shop in Henniker, 
New Hampshire creating practical, hand made wood and antler buttons,  shawl pins, scarf buckles,  hair clips, key chains, earrings
 and diz carders. This will be Martha Sunderland's last visit to Wayland,  as they are relocating to the Pacific Northwest .
Don't miss out on this opportunity to stock up!

Tidal Yarns naturally dyed yarns are made by Patricia Fortinsky 
in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Prado de Lana Sheep Farm  (translation Wool Meadow)  raises Romney,  Lincoln Longwool and CVM Romeldale sheep in the 
Berkshires. Amanda Barcenas reports that three wooly family
 members are coming  to Wayland, including  Hazel, a Romney,
 Lenore, a Lincoln  Longwool and  Esme, a  Romney lamb. 
The farm participates in the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em initiative 

Blue Heron Farm, located in Grand Isle, Vermont joins us for the first time with certified organic, farm raised wool, dyed using natural dyes.
Look for handknits, roving, wool pom poms, sheepskin pillows and needle felting kits.  If you would like to learn about needle felting, 
a table will be  set up with materials for you to play with and
 get advice about how to felt.

"We will bring raw Gotland fleeces, high-quality and well-skirted. Breed-specific roving (natural and hand-dyed) from our Gotland, 
Border Leicester, Merino, Llama and Alpaca. Handspun and
 Mill-spun yarn, locks and Farm cards," says Katie O'Donnell from
Littles Creek Farm in Marshfield.

"We began breeding Shetland sheep in 2010 and never turned back. 
Our farm is a labor of love between mother and daughter (Carol and Montana Airey). We strive to produce quality breeding stock with an emphasis on fiber and personality. The farm is situated in picturesque New England on the old pumpkin patch of the historic Wilder Farm."
Wild Air Farm  website
The farm will bring raw fleeces, roving and handspun. 

Ken Abert from  Dorchester Farms is making the trip from 
 Provincetown to bring us his colorful yarn and spinning fiber.

Nicole Clark from  ColeMama Creations:  coiled rope baskets and 
bags incorporating hand dyed cotton and  organic hemp and flax.

Buchanan Fiber Company offers many fiber items that are unique. Sarah Buchanan works with milkweed, essentially unheard of in the
world of spinning. The company is featured in an article in the 
current issue of Spin Off magazine, "Monarchs, Milkweed, and You".
"I will have Rambouillet/milkweed batts, and dyed milkweed packs
for blending with other fiber, cotton punis, and hand dyed cotton
 sliver,  CVM/Cormo roving, and handmade resin tahklis and bowls."  

The Wayland Winter Farmers' Market Needle Gauge/Stitch Gauge 
made for  us by Katrinkles in Rhode Island is back in stock. 
This tool can  be purchased at any  register at Russell's.

While roaming through the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in 
October, we discovered Marcia MacDonald and her beautiful 
  Lana Plantae Yarns, "We have been using natural dyes for 
twenty years and have strived to learn the process correctly to  achieve lasting color in our yarns." The farm is located in Buxton, Maine.

Cloverworks Farm Blueface Leicester

"We will have yarn from our flock, patterns, raw wool, roving, pelts,
dog treats made from lamb liver and frozen lamb meat,"  says Katie Sullivan, whose farms is in Irasburg, VT, close to the Canadian border.

Ellen Raja from Raja Farm, arranging her thrummed mittens.
Don't miss her unique knitted hats using dyed and natural
 colored Longwool.

Purple Hummingbird Woolens
Johanna Richardson (left) creates handmade woolens for the 
whole family: socks, wristers, leg warmers, felted vests*, hats, 
mittens and slippers, silk scarves and felted playmats. 
(* the editor of this newsletter would be lost without her custom made 
felted vest ordered at the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair in May.)

Watch Jonathan Bosworth demonstrate cotton spinning on his charkha , while Sheila Bosworth  demonstrates how to create yarn on a drop spindle.  Bosworth Spindles will be available for purchase.

 Louise Walsh from Evergreen Farm will bring her Angora rabbits,
    wool for spinning, hands-on Angora yarn, felted, knit and 
handwoven ready to wear items.

Gail Callahan, AKA The Kangaroo Dyer makes colorful hand dyed yarn and  silk scarves. She also created The Color Grid.

Boondoggle Farm is located in Putney, Vermont.  We  met at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival .   "We raise registered Finnsheep and  
will bring Finn yarn, woven items, roving and  our Finn Sport Hat kits.
  Each kit has 3 patterns to choose from with 5 mini skeins to
  make one hat. Natural colored and naturally dyed."

Jim Grant from Good Karma Farm demonstrates how to use his 
sock-making machine, while shoppers admire the farm's yarn (below).

Subito Farm - Meaghan, Cindy and Sarah

"We're a family of artisans. Cindy spins, knits, designs, felts, cranks,
machine knits and punch hooks. Her daughter Sarah knits, cranks, machine knits and designs. Meaghan, Cindy's second daughter needle felts our very popular catnip mice and beautifully detailed earrings."

Windy Hill Farm is located in Lakeville. Carol and Richard Tripp  
create homegrown, hand-dyed, hands-on wool and blended 
yarn, handwoven items (below) , hand knits and roving for 
spinning and felting.

We welcome back Dorothy Benedict from Windy Hamlet/Pan Terra.
Wonderful to have you and your Icelandic yarn back in Wayland.

Iris Creek Farm  (above) and Maple Frost Farm (below) share space together when they go to shows because they both raise Leicester Longwool sheep, which is on the Priority list of the Livestock Breed Conservancy. Both Keri Boucher and Kim Mastrianni participate in the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program.

Winterberry Farm bunnies delight all ages. Jill Horton-Lyons reports that she will have "fleece in many forms" including raw, washed,
 dyed, roving and yarn . Two Angora rabbits will be for sale, sheets 
of carded wool for wet felting, hand spindles and threading hooks.

"I make hand-dyed yarn in a variety of weights and seasonal colors," says Kera Murphy of Campfire Knits. "I bring sample swatches or garments so that customers can visualize the colorways and feel 
how the yarn works up when knitted or crocheted."

Do you have a quilt that you started ages ago, but haven't had the
time to complete?   Dragonfly Longarm Quilting Services can help 
 you with that. Margo can also create a custom quilt for you.

Hampson Farms in Shirley is busy calving now. Thank you for 
taking the time to join us with your wool batts for quilters.
"The natural qualities of fleece make fleece batting the ideal
 choice. The crimp gives the batting a natural loft and airiness that allows the fibers to spring and stay plush."

The Wayside Quilters Guild  is a Sudbury based group founded in 1985. "We range from true beginners, to experienced instructors, brought together by a shared love of quilting and a desire to learn. The guild 
is the place to ask questions, share tips, and nerd-out over a new technique." The guild will display a quilt that they are raffling 
at a later date. Tickets will be for sale.

Dachinger Wools, Inc
 "My hand dyed wools and yarns come from my flock and select
 New England farms. I will have knitting, handspinning and felting supplies plus knitting patterns. Single breed fiber is available as 
fleece,  roving and batts," says Lisa Dachinger.

Friends Laura Busky ( North Brook Farm) and Clarke Laszlo ( Laszlo Family Farm/SITZENS Pet Treats) look warm and fashionable in the pelts that Clarke will bring along with lamb, pet treats and toys.

Laura will have some new hand knitted shawls and hand woven
 scarves, as well as alpaca socks, gloves, yarn and boot inserts.
She will also bring extra roving for spinners and needle felters.

Friends in Fiber
 Jan Lashua and Peg Critser bring hand dyed combed top, 
including cashmere, yak, camel, mink and silk blends, a British 
five-breeds combed top collection for a spinner's study, 
Angora fiber and hand knits. 

"A Hundred Ravens will bring an assortment of our superwash yarns 
 in various weights and fibers, but primarily Merino wool," says 
 owner  Kel Bachus. "We will also have project bags,  stitch 
markers, and knitting and crochet patterns."

"SAORI weaving  is an art of weaving by hand that is dedicated to 
free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude," said Mihoko   Wakabayashi of SAORI Worcester.  

"We will have scarves, pouches, card cases, tops,
 vests, tunics, hats, jackets, t-shirts with handwoven appliqué."

Rag Hill Farm: handspun yarn, dyed locks, art batts, quilted 
 and chicken shaped potholders, needle felting kits, wool hats, 
 fabric fridge magnets and quilts.

Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, drop spindle or 
spinning wheel and  join your friends in the 
3rd Floor Fiber Lounge  from 10 to 3 .
If you are unable to find seating to enjoy your food and 
beverages downstairs, please feel free to use this space, too.

  Dirty Water DyeWorks  will have a selection of hand dyed yarn,
select knitting kits and patterns, gradient and multi-colored yarn bundles.  Stop by to see their new samples.
Hand dyed yarn in small batches from alpaca and sheep are
 available,  as well as these fun dryer balls from
 Artisan Yarns from Hampden Hills Alpacas 

Don't miss the mohair socks, yarn, apparel and throws from
Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm, which is located in Colrain.

The knowledgable women from the Worcester County Sheep 
Producers can tell you about the Baaay State Blanket, made from 100% wool grown in  Massachusetts.

"Our flock includes purebred Romneys, as well as  Teeswater
Bluefaced Leicester and Border Leicester Crosses. We blend our 
wool through cross-breeding, right on the sheep, not at a mill.  
  Our focus on   Teeswater  sheep, a breed that traces back to the Romans, enhances our fiber's luster, length and strength." 
Photo courtesy of Maine Adult Education.

Would you like to learn how to use a drop spindle?
Penny Lecroix will teach a Drop Spindle Spinning class from 
1 to 3 PM on March 1  during our second Farm Fiber Day.
For additional details, please email

With so many vendors to visit, you might want to take a break
 and enjoy a cup of Flores de Café coffee or ask Tatiana from 
Soluna Garden Farm   to brew you a cup of tea of your choice.

 Butternut  opened their own bakery in Arlington last year.
We thank them for continuing to visit us in Wayland.

Lunch options include  Mandy's Wicked Good Chowdah,
  The Herb Lyceum  and Del Sur Empanades.

Bread Obsession artisan bread. Not pictured,
 and not to  be missed, are the baguettes.

  Mill River Winery is located in Rowley. 
C & C Lobsters and Fish

Bergeron Maple Farm
Maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream and granulated maple sugar.

Lilac Hedge Farm

Joni's Cannolis
Upcoming Events
 New England Cheese Day  
Saturday, February 8 - 10 AM to 2 PM

Massachusetts  Farm Wineries Day
 Saturday, March 7 - 10 AM to 2 PM
 Farm Fiber Day #2
Sunday, March 1 -  10 AM to 3 PM

Dorchester Farms
Foxhill Farm