One trip took us to the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, source of some terrific wine. At Robert Sinskey Vineyards, where we found some lovely organically grown wines — and skeins of wool! The Sinskey people use sheep to help mow and fertilize the vineyard. The tasting room/gift shop sells hat kits plus single skeins.
According to Debbie, the vineyard manager, the sheep are mostly Romney crosses, CVM and Lincoln/Corriedale crosses. In 2009, they used a Leicester cross ram. All of this crossing produces nice wool.
I used my 132-gram skein to make a scarf.
- Pattern: Double Cable Scarf, part of the Rib and Cable Quarter in One Skein by Leigh Radford.
- Needles: US6/4mm
- Finished size: 4" wide x 43" long