Autumn on the farm
As we start to move into the Autumn months attention turns to ‘Tupping Time’, aka breeding season for the sheep. Most of the sheep are in flocks that relate to when they lambed or their condition but we are starting to sort them into group according to which Ram they will be put with. All of the stock now has mineral buckets in their fields to give their health an extra boost and access to some lovely late summer grass.
The rams continue to spend most of their time enjoying the Devon sunshine with a snooze on the banks of their meadow, saving their energy for the job ahead!!
We are planning for lambing to be slightly later for Spring 2022 to allow for the arrival of our newest mini farmer, with Rams expected to go in at the end of the first week of November.
The weekend for the Tups to go in is also the weekend of Stitch Fest 2021. In its 5th Year, the event which was previously spread across Totnes, will now be held under one roof at Newton Abbot Race Course. It is excellent to see the event growing and whilst we will miss the charm of Totnes as a backdrop hopefully stallholders and visitors alike will find the new venue much easier to access.
It is our first year as stallholders at the event and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone and giving you all the opportunity to see all of our gorgeous yarns in person – to feel the different bases and see the colours. Although we are into our second year of our larger range of bases this will actually be the first time that we have had them at an in-person event and you have been able to feel them and the differences between them.
The event is jam packed with different stallholders including Knitwear designers, knitting, crochet, felting and spinning equipment and accessories, textile artists, ceramics and of course yarn. Outside there will be a covered area dedicated to raw fleeces including some from The Rushlade Wool Company. The Workshop timetable for the event is available online (Details below) with courses including needle felting, solar dyeing, lace knitting, tapestry weaving and much much more!
StitchFest 6-7th November at Newton Abbot Race Course, Devon. Online Ticket Sales and Workshop info available at: www.stitchfest.co.uk.
Newton Abbot is well situated not far from the A38 Devon Expressway (end of the M5), the railway station has direct links from London, lots of accommodation nearby and car parking on site. Newton Abbot is also well situated between the gorgeous south Devon Coast and Dartmoor National Park so why not make a mini break or holiday of it and visit all that Devon has to offer!!
The remaining Lambs blend stock will be on offer at StitchFest at the sale price that we have had it online, it is available only in DK and when it is gone it is gone!! (Lambs Blend 100g DK is currently available at the fantastic offer price of £7.20 for undyed Skeins and £8.40 for hand dyed skeins. Shop Lambs Blend ). We will also have lots of other discounts and deals for the event so whether you are looking for Christmas presents, materials to make gifts or to treat yourself you will be sure to have lots of chouce of our gorgeous Rushlade 100% British Wool straight from the farm and at great prices!
In addition to the bases that you will have all been used to seeing, we have also had a restock of an Aran weight yarn, this time in the Dartmoor Merino. It’s a really gorgeous soft yarn and the Aran weight is a brilliant addition coming in to the cooler months for some chunkier projects!! (Dartmoor Merino Aran Weight Yarn will be £16 for Natural and £18 for Hand Dyed Skeins, COMING SOON!)
We hope to see lots of you at Stitch Fest but if you aren’t able to make it do keep an eye out for our new Hand dyed yarns which we are gradually adding to the Website (see a few above or Click here to head to our shop)
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Thank you for reading,
The Rushalde Wool Company