Goldenrod Fingering

Beautiful wool/mohair heavy fingering weight yarn dyed with Goldenrod harvested right here on the farm.

The Yarn

  • 70% Shetland/Cormo Wool
  • 30% Mohair
  • 3 ply heavy fingering
  • ~408 yards/4.4 oz (125 g)

The Natural Dye

  • Flowers and tops of Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) harvested in late summer
  • Simmered for several hours to create dye bath, then strained before adding mordanted yarn

Washing

  • Hand wash or gentle machine cycle
  • warm/warm small load
  • inside out in sized delicates bag is good practice (not too loose, not too snug)
  • no bleach
  • dry flat

This is Beauregard, whose fleece forms the base of this Goldenrod fingering weight natural dyed yarn. His mother, Beaulagh, is a Shetland x Cormo Ewe and his father, Chas, is a purebred Shetland Ram who hails from the home of the original North American breed rescue flock of Colonel G.D. Dailley, the first person granted permission to import the rare Shetland Sheep directly from the Shetland Isles to Canada.

Beauregard is a Wether, so his only job is to grow beautiful fleece. His fleece is processed at Wellington Fibres, a short drive from the farm. There it is blended with 30% mohair from the mill’s own her of Angora Goats. It is spun and plied with a good twist into a 3 ply sock yarn.

Goldenrod is prolific in my area – the meadows, roadsides and marginal land burst into golden yellows when they flower in later summer. The flowers, leaves and stems all contain dye compounds. Different results can be obtained depending on which parts are used, when they are harvested, and at how long and at what temperature they are simmered when creating the dye bath.

Beauregard, a Shetland x Cormo Wether