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Welcome . . .

Ellen’s 1/2 Pint Farm was started in 1985 with two sheep and one spinning wheel.  It’s been a great journey, and we are still going!  And still loving it! We attend many sheep & wool festivals and knitting conventions. We specialize in Handpainted yarns, fibers, and wool fabric.

This site is STILL! under construction at this time, and probably always will be! The show schedule is correct for 2019. I am getting started on the colorways, finally!!! The only one up now is “Rainbow”, but others will be up later this week.  Please bear with me, I am working on new pictures, and updating, but , since my true love is the dyeing, I end up spending all of my time dyeing and not on the computer.

Most of the yarns and fibers are already up on the “online store”, but we will be adding a few new ones in the future.

This past year you might have seen some new hand quilted bags out of batik that complement my colorways. We have project bags in many different sizes, and an insulated wine tote, or drop spindle case. They will be up on the “online store” soon.

At the urging of a friend, I have started dyeing wool fabric for wool applique, and will be adding that to the “online store” as well.

In addition to the yarns, fibers and bags that are available on the website, you will find many other items for sale in our booth, including knitting supplies, needles (we carry Knitter’s Pride, Knit Picks, and Skacel, crochet hooks, beads, stitch markers, dyes, felting supplies, ball winders and swifts. Everything you need to support your knitting projects! If you are interested in purchasing something that is not on the website, but you have seen in the booth at a show, or would like to have me custom dye a specific amount of yarn or fiber, please send me an email and we can discuss how to order it on the website.

12 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I bought some yarn from you at the Maine Frolic. I tried to add it to Ravelry, but the type of yarn did not exist. It is fingering, about 600 yards, 80% wool & 20% silk. Please let me know what base it is.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Kathie, That is actually a new yarn I just started dyeing this spring. I am really pleased with the way it takes the dye, and it has a really great hand, so I will be adding it to my regular yarns.
      I’ll try to get something up on Ravelry in the near future regarding the yarn.
      Thanks!
      Ellen

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  2. I bought 8oz of your Bond sheep roving at Rhinebeck 2016. I am spinning it now, and it is absolutely wonderful! It is beautifully processed with zero VM or nupps. I am plying it with some very colorful merino/tencil. The resulting 2ply is fabulous! The prettiest yarn I have ever made! I look forward to buying more wool roving from your Bond sheep in the future.

    Chris in Maine

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    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks, Chris! I am glad you are enjoying the Bond fiber. I carry that in my booth, but cannot actually take credit for how wonderful that fiber is, as it comes from a friend of mine. I certainly will continue to have that fiber with me at shows, and look forward to seeing you at another show! The yarn sounds fantastic!

      Ellen

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  3. I purchased yarn to make the linen stitch scarf at the Sheep and Wool Festival in Deerfield and I’m wondering when slipping the stitch should I slip as if to purl or knit?
    Thank you in advance
    Tammy
    p.s. I was reading your site and very excited you will be dying wool for wool applique. Will you be putting together kits or just selling the wool?

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      I slip the stitch as if to purl, but it really doesn’t make a big difference, as long as you do it the same way every time. I just find it easier to slip as if to purl.

      Thanks, and I hope you enjoy knitting the scarf!

      At this point, am just selling the dyed wool in fat quarters and little pieces, although kits are a possibility in the future!
      Ellen

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  4. Hello I have another question about the linen stitch scarf. Might not matter but I did cast on already and started the scarf on size 7 needles because I tend to knit tight and I found my first row to be really holey and further on kind of loose. So out it all came my question is after you cast on do you turn the work and work the first row then after that row cut and slide to the right or should I just cast on and cut and push to the right. I’m wondering if that might have been what made my first row really holey since I turned and worked row? I’m going to start it over on the size 6 needles. Hopefully you can understand what I’m asking here kind of confusing.
    Thank you
    Tammy

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      You do need to cut each end and then start back at the beginning of each row with a new yarn, leaving a few inches just like when you cut the yarn at the end. You will never turn the work, and you will always be working on the “right side”, or “out side” of the scarf.
      Hope that helps!
      Ellen

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    1. Thank you so much so sorry to be a pain. I didn’t mean to send to messages today when I went on your site to see if you answered yet I didn’t see my message so I thought something happened and it didn’t post.

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  5. You are not a pain!!! 🙂 I am happy to try to help you, it really is not a problem. I am at work all day on Weds and Thurs, so am not always able to respond right away.

    Hope the scarf turns out well for you!
    Ellen

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