Cate Hill East Friesian

If Vermont had royalty, there’s no doubt that Maria Schumann and Josh Karp would both be part of the nobility. Both have deep roots in Vermont soil. Cate Hill Farm is a sheep dairy and apple orchard specializing in sheep milk cheese, CBD products and apples. They are also community-minded, hosting farm dinners and singing events that celebrate the diverse traditions of farming.

The Sheep

East Friesians are dairy sheep, first and foremost. Because the production of milk in excess of the needs of the lambs is a genetically complex feature, East Friesians are selected for milking ability, not for wool genetics. Nevertheless, their wool proved soft and pleasant to work with. I was thinking of something practical for all-around use.

Sorting

To be honest, there was a lot to sort in this wool. Maria and Josh had two years of fleece accumulated, perhaps 300 pounds of wool! The wool was clean, but there was britch wool to remove and some wool that was a little too coarse to use. What can I say? I’m picky! I came out with a little over 100 pounds of wool.

The Yarn

I am beyond excited to see how this wool comes out. It’s not a type of wool that I have ever worked with, so I am eager to try this fiber out as a 3ply sport. Perfectly versatile, endlessly intriguing.


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