Wanderlust is a 2-ply sport weight yarn that is sustainably raised and milled entirely on Whidbey Island. The softness of this wool is comfortable next to skin and, because of the long staple length of each hand skirted fleece, it also has the integrity to be hard wearing and long lasting. Minimally processed yarn such as this has an authenticity that can be felt. We hope the story each skein tells is about the profound love for land and sheep shared by the two families who made it.
Just a stone's throw from our Mill on the southeastern shores of Whidbey Island, there is a flock of East Friesian sheep turning Pacific Northwest soil, sunshine, and seaside air into Island Brebis, Feta, and Blue Ewe cheese. In addition to high quality meat and dairy products, Glendale Shepherd is beloved for their sustainable farming practices. With diligence and creativity they tirelessly nurture land, flock, family and community.
It is an abundant pleasure to spin the wool from these sheep. In fact, we have been washing, dyeing and carding this wool for handspinners and needle felters for years. We’ve called it our Signature Blend roving, and it has always been my dream to take it all the way to yarn. Now, finally, fresh off the spinners, we hope this new yarn is the first of many more skeins to come from this wool.
Busy hands free the mind to wander. Enjoy!
100% East Friesian, Whidbey Raised and Milled
Yarn Weight: Sport
Gauge: 24 Stitches = 4" on US #4 (3.5 mm)
Recommended Care: Handwash warm/warm, lay flat to dry.
The beanie pictured is available for download as a pattern for new knitters, or as a no-frills recipe for seasoned knitters. The no-frills recipe is also shown below.
No-Frills Recipe Written for Seasoned Knitters
Size: One Size (Fits 20-21” head circumference)
Yarn: 3 Different Colors; Abundant Earth Fiber - Wanderlust (2-ply sport, 100% East Friesian Wool, 200y/55g)
Gauge: 24 st = 4” in Stockinette
Needles: US 2, 16” Circular | US 4, 16” Circular | US 4, dpns
With Smaller Needles CO 105 and K1, P1 until beanie is 1” from CO
Switch to larger needles and knit around until hat reaches 6” from CO.
Alternate colors at BOR to create stripe patterns as desired.
Setup decrease with 21 st in five sections, and switch to dpns when comfortable.
Row 1: K2tog, knit until 2 st before marker, SSK
Row 2: Knit
Repeat until 9 stitches remain in each section then repeat Row 1 until 8 stitches remain in total.
Draw the tail through the last 8 stitches twice and weave in all the ends.