This project is about a year in the making. In a flurry early last winter, we arranged a visit with some interesting folks in the Northeast corner of Connecticut. A scenic drive from the 'shop, on the top of steep short hill sits a barn that houses the entire buzzing, spinning and whiring energy of the Still River Mill operation. The operation is a Fiber Mill operated by Deirdre and Greg. On our visit they played generous hosts and gave us a walkthrough of their whole process. They specialize in spinning fibers for farmers. Farmers from around state and the region send the animal fibers to the Mill and Deirdre and Greg send them the sustainably dyed yarn back.
But they also buy fibers and sell their yarns and knit products made from their yarns, which was the reason for our visit. The Brothers Crisp wanted some locally made socks and they had the best (and only; N.B. the yarns are turned into socks in PA) option available. With Deirdre and Greg we sat down and discussed fibers, blends and dyes. A few months laters we got our samples back.
Some of us prefer to wear our footwear barefoot, but winters like our last one remind us the wonders of a great pair of wool socks. We wanted to find socks that would match how we make shoes. We think we found it.
See for yourself...