Colors of Crooked Tree Yarn

Wool Yarn

Our Wool

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Where Does Our Yarn Come From?

Our yarns are first spun for us locally at Stonehenge Fiber Mill in East Jordan, from a blend of rare, luxurious luster long wool fleeces produced by the special sheep of our friends and neighbors at Lake View Farm owned by Paul and Allison Loubert and Larkspur Farm, owned by Janet and Russ Cieslak.

The Farms of Crooked Tree continue the tradition of tending fine fiber animals in the wind swept, moist micro-climate that exists near the waters of northern Lake Michigan.

The Sheep

Wensleydale Cross

Developed in the 19th century by carefully and selectively breeding for fine, curly fleece, the Wensleydale is a blue-faced, long wool breed producing a strong, high luster fleece with a very long staple (up to 12”). It is often blended with fine but shorter staple wools where a strong wool is required. It is extremely rare in North America.


English Leicester

The English Leicester Longwool, a large longwool breed with a white face, was created by Robert Blakewell towards the end of the 18th century. With its distinguished head and long, curly, lustrous wool, the Leister Longwool is one of the sheep breeds listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as rare and critically endangered.


Bluefaced Leicester

Bluefaced Leicester is a fine, semi-lustrous longwool with with a staple length that ranges from 3 to 6 inches. It originated from the Border Leicester breed. Their name comes from the fact that the skin on their head that shows through their fleece is a dark blue color. Yarns spun from this breed are very soft, yet strong.

The Yarn

3-Ply DK Weight

4oz. - 140 Yards

Needle Size 7

Gauge: 8 rows & 6 stitches/inch

Local Yarn: Lake View Farm near Cross Village, MI

50% Wensleydale Cross

50% English Leicester Long Wool


2-Ply  Laceweight

2oz. - 220 Yards

Needle Size 6

Gauge: 11 rows & 6 stitches per/inch

Local Yarn: Larkspur Farm in Emmet County, MI

100% Blueface Leicester

The Process

Dyeing Wool Yarn

Our yarns are hand painted by Joann Condino and the artists at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village with dyes formulated to express a celebration of the Colors of Crooked Tree - the colors and textures of this unique region that is a jewel in the crown of the Great Lakes.

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The Colors

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Pantone Color of the Year

The 2020 Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue!


The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.           -Pantone.com

Natural Dyes

Indigo

Indigo dyeing is captivating. The mysterious process of indigo begins with transforming a substance in a leaf of a plant from it’s primary source, indican, through fermentation in the water to it’s dried insoluble state of powder, crystals, or balls until it is activated again in a dye vat. The dyed goods come out of the bath green and turn blue upon oxidation. The longer the goods are in the bath, the deeper the blue.