Gotland Sheep Cotton Towel
This lovely 100% organic Gotland sheep cotton towel is custom designed and woven for us by Ekelund Master Weavers of Horred, Sweden. It measures 14 inches by 20 inches and has a convenient loop for hanging the towel on a hook on the back side. It softens with each washing and is perfect for kitchen or bathroom use.
The towel features our Gotland ewe named Carie portrayed by Vermont block print artist Mary Azarian. It makes a wonderful gift for the Gotland sheep lover.
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Gray Gotland Yarn
Gotland sheep produce lustrous long curls in varying shades of gray from light silver to deep charcoal. The yarn has a very silky handle and a lovely drape when knit. This light shade is a true heathered gray, reminiscent of the mist that forms over the mountains on our farm in Vermont. The mill spun this wool in a 3 ply worsted weight. Each skein weighs approximately 3 oz. with ~110-120 yards to the skein. We have a limited number of skeins, so please order for your entire project.
Read more about this special breed of curly sheep from Sweden under “History of Gotlands”.
Gotland Wool Handwoven Blanket
Gotland Wool Handwoven Blanket
Our Blanket’s Story
Each blanket begins with a shepherd and her Gotland sheep, grazing on the mountainside pastures at Grand View Farm in Vermont. She tends to them throughout the year, caring for their lambs and tending to their pastures. In the spring, they are sheared, and the shepherd carefully skirts the fiber, and ships it to a small family mill. The mill spins the wool according to her specifications for weaving. Each blanket is hand woven in Vermont on a floor loom, with special attention to every detail. Every inch of the blankets contain a piece of Grand View Farm, and the lives of those who care for the sheep.
This elegant handwoven blanket is crafted by a friend and textile artist named Jane Woodhouse. We collaborated with Jane to design the perfect farm to home Vermont heirloom blanket. Jane raises angora goats on her Vermont farm and has been production weaving for the past 30 years. We selected a herringbone weave pattern to showcase two shades of our Gotland gray yarn, raised right here on our farm.
Caring for Your Blanket
We suggest airing your blanket outside on a sunny day at least once a year. If soiled, wash and rinse with cold water, using a mild soap. Do not agitate while washing, but rather let it soak in the water. Line dry.
The blanket has a lovely drape and silkiness common to Gotland fiber. The long fringe on each end of the blanket measures about 4 inches. The blankets measure approximately 62 inches in length and 35 inches in width, perfect for keeping the winter chill out.
Wrap yourself in the warmth of our Gotland wool!
Vermont Grand View Farm Sheep Mug
This sweet, custom made 12 oz. sheep mug features our Vermont Grand View Farm logo on the front. Each mug is handmade especially for our farm by Deneen Pottery. They are microwavable and dishwasher safe. The perfect mug for your morning cup of tea or coffee!
Knitting Project Bag
I could not resist making this knitting project bag out of this cute sheep fabric. Each bag has a white cotton lining, making them sturdy enough for your pointed knitting needles. The large bag features 2 long black woven straps for ease of carrying. A pocket with a Velcro closure on the inside keeps your scissors and stitch markers secure. A pocket on the outside holds your knitting needles or drop spindle, and cell phone. This bag is sized for your large projects.
Large Gotland Project Bag: 15 inches x 17 inches
Vermont Maple Syrup
All natural Vermont maple syrup….Vermonters call it liquid gold. We put it in and on everything- from coffee and tea to baked goods to oatmeal to a bowl of ice cream. Our farmstay guests enjoy waffles and our own maple syrup in the mornings too!
On our farm, we make our own maple syrup the old fashioned way with buckets on trees and a little evaporator in our tiny sugarhouse. We tap the trees when the daytime temperatures are above freezing and the nighttime temperatures are below freezing. We gather the sap late in the afternoon and then boil by night in our wood fired evaporator. We use dead wood that has fallen on our property to fuel the evaporator. It takes 40 gallons of clear maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Our syrup is filtered and then bottled in plastic jugs for easy shipping from our sugarhouse to your home.
Every year, we have just a little extra to share. Give it a try! You will wonder why it took you so long to discover 100% natural maple syrup!
Gourd Yarn Bowl
Our yarn bowls are made from gourds grown on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. They are then hand cut with an opening in the top and a slot for your yarn. Each gourd is then cleaned and sanded before painting with ink. The inside of the gourds have been sanded and then either stained with black walnuts, or decoupaged with silk fabric or paper. The gourds have been weighted to make them more stable.
They are just lovely with rich color. The gourds vary in size but measure between 6-7 inches at the opening. Combine with a skein of our Gotland yarn and you will have a wonderful gift for a knitter! Colors may vary.
Spinners and fiber artists love Gotland roving for its lustrous long curls. Their fleeces come in varying shades of gray from light silver to deep charcoal. The wool for our roving is processed by a small Vermont fiber mill. They offer custom processing and specialize in fine fibers. Our Gotland roving comes in three shades of lovely true gray. The listing is for 2 oz. of roving.
Vermont Cardigan Sweater Pattern
Knitwear designer, Hanna Maciejewska, worked with me to design this lovely classic cardigan for our Gotland yarn. The Vermont Cardigan is knit as a seamless, top down raglan sweater. The back has a beautiful textured lace design. The pattern includes directions for both a long and cropped version as well as long or short sleeves.
710 – 1330 yards (649 – 1216 meters) of worsted weight yarn that knits up to gauge
Gotland Yarn Worsted Weight [100% Wool – 56g/ 120 yards (110 meters)]
18 sts and 22 rows per 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with larger needles after blocking
US 6 [4 mm] & US 7 [4.5 mm]
This pattern is sold as a digital download.