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Wednesday
Aug182010

Montgomery Mills

Photographed by Daniel Case 2006-11-10

This was the second stop of the day when my friends and I stopped at my local LYS that's closing soon.  Montgomery Worsted Mills in Montgomery, NY.  The building was originally built in 1813, then re-built in 1892.  It was to be the area's first cotton mill, but it never got off the ground.  In the 1880's it started spinning natural yarns.  The wool came from local farmers, and was totally processed from start to finish here.

By the 1940's, the mill had started expanding to other uses.  Now it's mostly a hydroelectric power station, working off the Wallkill River.  Some spinning is still being done on some antique machinery. 

But you can still buy yarn there!   And what yarn it is!  Alpaca, wool, bamboo, cotton, flax linen, silk, and a few other types.  I bought myself even more yarn for the day.  Two pounds worth of a fingering-weight bamboo/cotton mix.  Approximately 3900 yards worth.

I already have some alpaca that's almost this same exact color, and since I wanted to find something to mix with it so the sweater length doesn't grow to be dress length when worn, this was it.

As you can see from the picture, each (I hesitate to call them skeins!) one is larger than the lantern-sized flashlight between them!

And if I have too much of it, well then I guess Missyboo and I can have some fun experimenting with Kool Aid dying some of the leftovers!  lol

Have a nice day!  :D

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