There’s nothing like a classic Vermont barn that’s painted red with wooden beams throughout. The barn at Porjay’s Farm in New Haven is just such a barn, resplendent of good hay and the scent of sheepiness. I happen to love that sheepy smell. Porjay’s Farm is situated on some of the finest agricultural soils in the state of Vermont. This nutritional bounty really shows in the quality of the sheep in the fields and barns. Porjay’s Farm raises registered Texels, Poll Dorsets and North Country Cheviots.
North Country Cheviots hail from the highlands of Scotland, where they roam the open moors making a hardscrabble living off any good vegetation they can find. Typically, they are more flighty and less human-oriented, but the animals of Porjay’s Farm are well-socialized and happy to see if you have any sheep treats onhand.
For what it’s worth, I’ve concluded that the UK’s “CHEE-vee-uht” is the pronunciation I’ll use, vs US “Chevy-it”. Ask me in person and I’ll pronounce both so you can pick your preference.
I was blown away by the cleanliness of the wool from this farm. It’s really not easy to keep a sheep clean – I skirt away up to 60% of some of my own fleeces due to hay contamination. These fleeces had NONE. Fleece envy can be a thing, I think.
The wool itself has a crisp crunch. Make no mistake, this is not next-to-skin wool for some people. But consider the advantages of a wool that will wear and look sharp for years to come. No cottony slouch will ever overtake this product.
Since this wool is not for scarves, we’re going straight to sweater-ville with a 2ply DK. Porjay’s North Country Cheviot yarn will come out in September 2020.