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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yates Farm Yarn Sale

Every year, Hilda and Bill Yates open up their farm house to the public for one weekend in October for an all out yarn sale. Located on Vermont route 44 less than a mile from the Ascutney mountain ski area, they are very easy to find.

The Yates operates a farm of a commercial flock of sheep year round. Every year, they send their fleece to Bartlett's to be processed, and receive back hundreds of bags of yarn in many different weights and colors. All of it is 100% wool.

This year, the sport weight skeins are 439 yards, worsted weight are 220 yards, bulky weight 85 yards, and all are about $4 each. You can also find bags of both regular and pencil roving, and cones of sport weight that have over 1700 yards. There are over 20 colors to choose from, all of the same dye lot.

On Saturday morning, Hilda puts a wonderful spread of coffee, cider, and goodies out on the island in the kitchen. There you will find fruit salad, quiche, muffins, coffee cake, and many other things to snack on. People discuss patterns and what they've made from the wool they purchased the previous year. You can sign up to be on the mailing list, where you will get a postcard in the mail a week or two before the next sale.

All in all, it is a wonderful time. I look forward to going every year, and usually get enough yarn to last through until next year. You can find the Yates Farm Yarn sale if you take exit 9 off of I-91 in Vermont, follow the signs to Windsor, and turn onto route 44 at the Cumberland Farms. After several miles you will see the junction of route 44A, but don't turn on it, just use that as a landmark, as it's only a mile or so past that on the right that you will find the Yates Farm yarn sale.

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