Gaspereau Valley Fibres

I want to take up knitting now that I have been to the Gaspereau Valley Fibres farm and shop. I’m not a knitter but I found the shop absolutely divine and I am now crazy for wool. I’m sure for someone who knits the experience would have been purely orgasmic!

The shop is located on a Cotswold sheep farm just outside of Wolfville. Wolfville is the place where Acadia University is located and is also in the heart of Acadien territory. Visiting a sheep farm to buy wool certainly adds a whole new twist to knitting, especially when you see some of the sheep that the wool came from; it’s like putting a face to your sweater.

The farm doesn’t only sell their own wool, they sell stuff from all over the world – I practically tripped over myself when I saw yak wool from Nepal.

Anyhow, this shop is divine and La Niña had a great time chasing the house doggie around and squealing every time he licked her hand. It’s a good thing I am ignorant about wool because I only bought a few items (all this wool is for Heather — she coached me on what to look for). A shop like this would be dangerous for a knitter who likes different fibres (if there is a fibre you are unfamiliar with they give you needles and let you knit with it to see if it is something you want to buy!).

Anyhow, Heather, this is what I picked out:

  • Three 100% wool skeins (175m) of hand dyed country wool. This wool is from Nova Scotia. It is bulky weight and perfect for a baby sweater. It is variegated though mostly purple, burgundy and brown.
  • One 100% wool skein (900m) of hand dyed lace weight yarn from Blueface Leicester sheep. This is also Nova Scotian.
  • The last skein comes from the Gaspereau Cotswold flock. The wool is from the farm and is hand dyed and spun right in the shop. There wasn’t a lot of this which kind of surprised me. It must sell quickly.

Expect this delightful little treat in the mail!

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  1. OMG – what a treat to read about and see pics!!! 🙂 I’m so excited! That yarn is downright beautiful – can’t wait to get started on a jacket for Makennabean.

    Cotswald sheep are pretty cool – the breed is thought to be about 2000 years old, although only about 75 breeding ewes are around today in Canada.

    Thank you!!

  2. came to your site via Heather’s post in the Utne Cafe…my eldest lives in Kentville and when I visit her one of the first places we go is to the Odd Book store.

  3. I ventured here from CafeUtne, too. I’m not a knitter, but this blog entry makes me want to be one 🙂 Great looking blog, by the way, and I see a lot of my favorites in the OtherCoolBlogs section.

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