Author Archives: Amy Manko

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 26 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

She’s Crafty
Amy is currently working on:
• Mean Girls Socks in “On Wednesdays…” colorway on the sparkly sock from Desert Vista Dyeworks
• ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
• La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
• Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

In Time Out:
• Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
• Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
• Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls

Amy has finished:
• Dr. Ewe by Susan Claudino in a Tangerine Designs Kit
• Carnivale Socks in Fibernymph Dyeworks Sportweight
• Oak Trail Cloche by Alana Dakos
• Salem Nights colorway by Knittyandcolor in Merino/Black Silk
• Hopkins Studio Falkland
• Herd Blend, White Hog Island, Dark Hog Island and Tunis sample skeins
• SSK Batt Scooterpie made for me
• Radiate Sweater by Joji Locatelli in a purple handspun yarn created from a Loop Bullseye Bump and silver Leicester Longwool (millspun) from our flock
• SSK Socks! Based on Susan B. Anderson’s “How I Make My Socks” out of Turtle Purl’s “Party! We’re 5!” Colorway

In the Rear View Mirror
Washington County Fair
Fibre space trunk show

Down the Road
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA
Spinzilla Team
New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY
November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?
Corn on the Cob, Tomato salads, cantaloupe and starting to crave comfort foods like Roast Beef

The Barn Report
Still putting up hay and mowing the pastures.
We’re picking sweet corn and monitoring the growth of the squash and pumpkins
Prepping for breeding season, completing lamb registrations and continuing to monitor for parasites
Housetraining Gus

Foodie Finds
Grand Concourse
Hen Quarter
The Sushi Bar
Stomping Grounds

Word on the Street
Amy has been nominated for the TNNA Retail Council/Spinning & Weaving Group Board
Amy has taken a position with the new ARC POWER grant funded Local Food Shed program as Senior Coordinator of Sheep, Lamb and Goats.
Registration is about 85% sold out for our second Disney retreat! Only a few spaces remain in the hotel room block too. Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Episode 25 – Grumbly Gus and SSK Recap

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 25 – Grumbly Gus and the SSK Recap

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:
• Radiate Sweater by Joji Locatelli in a purple handspun yarn created from a Loop Bullseye Bump and silver Leicester Longwool (millspun) from our flock
• SSK Socks! Based on Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks out of Turtle Purl’s “Party! We’re 5!” Colorway
• ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin
• Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls
• Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
• La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
• Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
• Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
• Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:
• Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner 380 yds of fingering weight!

In the Rear View Mirror
SSK!

Down the Road

August is our local fair and we ARE showing animals and helping our FFA friend with Miss Diva
August 26-27 is our Trunk Show at fibre space in Alexandria, VA, but due to their moving plans, may be postponed
November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?
Corn on the Cob, Tomato salads, cantaloupe and blueberries

The Barn Report
Summer is worm season and they can be devastating to sheep. We are practicing FAMACHA and worming everyone as needed. That mild winter did nothing to help kill off the parasites!
Still putting up hay and mowing the pastures.
We’ve had a new addition to the dog pack here on the farm – Meet Gus, the 8 wk old Basset Hound puppy. We’ve had Bassets from nearly 30 years and he’s pretty darn awesome.

Foodie Finds
Taco Mamacita
Coco’s Italian Market
Peg Leg Porker

Farm Burger 

Wild Eggs
Culver’s

Word on the Street
Amy is working on a new article for PLY Magazine.
We are participating in a new USDA-funded Food Shed program and Amy has a meeting with the group overseeing the project this week.
Registration is about 75% sold out for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 24 – Ovechkin Gets Traded to Pittsburgh

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 24 – Ovechkin Gets Traded to Pittsburgh

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:
• SSK Socks! Based on Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks out of Turtle Purl’s “Party! We’re 5!” Colorway
ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin
• Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by eannrn of the Carolina Fiber Girls
Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
• Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner
• Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:
• Transitus Hat Test knit by Laura Nelkin out of our Romney Jackson worsted weight
• Sugar Skull socks – OMG Toe Up Socks by Megan Williams in the Dia de Los Muertos colorway by Desert Vista Dyeworks

In the Rear View Mirror
Mt Vernon
Whiskey Rebellion Festival
Disney for the 4th

Down the Road
Next week we are at the Super Summer Knitogether with The KnitGirlls in Nashville
August is our local fair and we ARE showing animals and helping our FFA friend with Miss Diva
August 26-27 is our Trunk Show at fibre space in Alexandria, VA
November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?
Corn on the Cob, Tomato salads and PEACHES

The Barn Report
Peabody and Sherman are doing very well. Duke the Leicester Longwool ram left for the Smithsonian Biodiversity Preservation program.
Still putting up hay and mowing the pastures.

Foodie Finds
Presidents Pub
California Grille
Eggspectation
Frontera Cocina
Whispering Canyon

Word on the Street
Amy is working on a new article for PLY Magazine.
We are participating in a new USDA-funded Food Shed program.
The distillery has created a hangtag detailing the partnership between us and highlighting the fact that their spent grain feeds out sheep and creates our wool.
Laura, the owner of Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, FL joins us to give us a peek into the market she’s creating at the upcoming retreat.
Registration is over half sold out for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Episode 23 – Not That Arne & Carlos

Transient Wool Merchants Episode 23 – Not That Arne & Carlos

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:

  • Transitus Hat Test knit by Laura Nelkin
  • Sugar Skull socks – OMG Toe Up Socks by Megan Williams in the Dia de Los Muertos colorway by Desert Vista Dyeworks
  • ALL-Ways Cowl By Laura Nelkin
  • Corner to Corner blanket – enabled by Ann of the Carolina Fiber Girls
  • Aquifer Scarf Kit from Laura Nelkin’s M Club kit
  • La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
  • Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
  • Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
  • Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner
  • Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:

In the Rear View Mirror

Great Lakes Fiber Festival – Wooster, OH

TNNA – Columbus, OH

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Down the Road

July we are at the Super Summer Knitogether with The KnitGirlls in Nashville

August is our local fair and we MAY be showing animals and helping our FFA friend with Miss DIva

November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?

Burrito Bowls!

The Barn Report

We ended up with a lovely crop of lambs this year and only the last two were on the bottle. We’ve been raising Sherman and Mr. Peabody for the last six weeks because their mama only has half an udder and two children. Mr. Peabody has gone to Pittsburgh for a talk on Rare Breeds and sits on my lap while I spin. We’re almost sad to see them get weaned in the next few weeks.

Putting up hay and planting crops is taking up most of our June. The kid has planted sweet corn, several types of pumpkins, sunflowers, squash and melons. Did you know that white vinegar is an organic weed killer???

Today we added the first of the CVM/Romeldales to the flock. We won’t be breeding, just keeping wethers for their fleeces. Welcome Arne & Carlos!

Foodie Finds

Broken Rocks

City Square Steakhouse

Farmer Boy Restaurant

The Table

North Market – Taste of Belgium, Bubbles – The Tea and Juice Co., Market & Boar, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Morgantown Flour & Feed

Word on the Street

Registration is over half sold out for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

Episode 22: A New Day — A New Host

Transient Wool Merchants Episode

 

She’s Crafty

Amy is currently working on:

  • La Dame Blanche by Barbara Bensen (in our yarn too!)
    Fairyhill Shawl by Helen Stewart from The Shawl Society 2
    Hring Scarf by Laura Nelkin
    Nugget Peds by Laura Nelkin
    Creatrix MKAL by Laura Nelkin
  • Spinning a braid of Polwarth/Silk from Dragonfly Fibers in the Cheshire Cat colorway on the Hansen e-spinner
  • Spinning a sweater’s worth of Moonbear, our Romney ram on my Custom Classic wheel

Amy has finished:
Brioche Basic Beanie
Banksia Hat by Wooly Wormhead
Volare Collar from the Lola’s Choice Club by Laura Nelkin
Beeswax hat
Artichoke French Mittens by Laura Nelkin in leftover Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire
All-Ways Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Parthenon Shawl by Jo Strong
Marala Cowl by Kyle Kunnecke
Circo Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Mystery Cowlette KAL by Corrina Ferguson
Brioche Booster Cowl by Laura Nelkin
Snazzy Scarflette by Laura Nelkin
• Boba Fett Socks in Must Stash Yarn
Hale- Bopp MKAL by Ambah O’Brien
Snowmelt Shawl by Helen Stewart
Celandine Beanie by Romi Hill

In the Rear View Mirror

We’ve got so much to catch up on! We’ve had a very successful launch of the Tour T-shirts and our annual 12 Days of Rossmas, which features a different product each day on social media.  Amy also had another profile published in Knit Edge Magazine Issue 10 featuring the one and only SpaceCadet! She spoke about Rare Breeds at PlyAway (twice!) and did a Q&A Session at the Steel City Fiber Collective on Preserving Rare Breeds.

We held our first knitting retreat at Walt Disney World.  On January 25, we took over the Swan resort with awesome teachers Laura Nelkin and Corrina Ferguson for several days of fun.

We traveled cross-country to Santa Clara, CA for our first appearance at Stitches West and we really had a great time on our EPIC ROAD TRIP. We were super nervous to make the trip and vend surrounded by all the greatest names in our industry, but we gave it a shot!

February, March and April were LAMBING SEASON!! We had so many great babies this year! I’m sure you’ve seen them on social media! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with our wild adventures!

Down the Road

Headed out this weekend to Great Lakes Fiber Show. July we are at the Super Summer Knitogether with The KnitGirlls in Nashville and the November is the next Disney retreat at Coronado Springs.

What’s Cookin’?

We received an Instant Pot from Santa this year and we’re trying to get up the nerve to try this thing out. If you have any great recipes for this gadget, please post them!

The Barn Report

As Scooterpie says, “Everyone fed.  Everyone good!”  We’re just feeding the flock and waiting patiently for our munchkins to pop out! We should have multiple genetic lines of Leicester Longwools coming – we used 4 rams this year – Phineas, Duke, Hamilton and… The Earl of Vlasic. I couldn’t make that one up. We have two different genetic lines of Hog Islands ‘in the works’ too as Baaston and Mad Max both got a group of ladies. Also expecting are the Romneys who are bred to Teddy as Moonbear was out of the rotation this year, Cotswolds to Warwick, Jacobs to Darwin, Cheviots to Ruckus and Shetlands to Ardbeg. Flynn was on loan to a friend to make Leicesters at her house and Scooterpie loaned his Shetland ram lamb Laphroaig to a Young Conservationist winner down the road to help her increase her flock.

Foodie Finds

The Jacobson

Plow Boy BBQ

Unforked

Harvey’s

Garden Bistro

Family Meal

We’re enjoying some interesting local whiskeys from Red Pump Spirits here in Washington, PA. Both distillers are trying to replicate the “Whiskey Rebellion Era” spirits of the late eighteenth century. Yummmm

Word on the Street

We’re also partnering with some local restaurants with grassfed heritage lamb. We’ve also partnered with a local distillery to recycle their spent distiller’s grains as feed for our flock. Believe it or not, it’s a very high quality, high protein, organic and non-GMO food source for our flock to supplement the hay that Drew made last summer. Being in the final weeks or months of pregnancy, our girls can use that extra boost to fuel those growing lambs! They love the slightly sweet, fragrant mash too! When we feed it right after pick-up, it’s still steaming… like a big bowl of oatmeal! (Except that it’s generally wheat or rye!)

Registration is open for our second Disney retreat! Join Laura Linneman, Laura Aylor, Tanis Gray and Liz Gipson for great classes, evening events, a mega market with demos and mini-classes – all at Coronado Springs resort November 8-11, 2017 – more details at www.magicalfiberfantasyretreat.com

 

 

Episode 20: Guess who’s on the dinette?

Episode 20: Guess who’s on the Dinette?

This week we are recording from Interlake RV Park in Rhinebeck, NY and we have a guest! Joelle of Wandering Wool is on the dinette in the camper this weekend to help us out in the booth at New York Sheep and Wool. We have big plans including the Indie Untangled Event and Jill Draper Makes Stuff’s Open Studio in Kingston.

Episode 18: Please Don’t Pet The Buffalo

In this episode, we apologize profusely for the lag in recording time and explain why…

Heather has become super transient and Amy recaps the SSK adventures

Show notes will be available soon!