Mercantile

Whitefish Bay Farm Yarn, Roving, Handweavings and Books

The Whitefish Bay Farm Mercantile

Welcome to our online market place. Prior to 2021, our fiber products were available for sale at the farm in our Gallery. Because the Gallery is now closed, our products are now being offered for sale here through our Mercantile page. Below you will find offered for sale: Yarn, Roving, Handwoven Blankets, Scarves and Pillows, plus our Books. If you are interested in purchasing fleeces from our sheep, please go to our Fleeces for Sale listing.

 

Door County Corriedale Yarn for Sale

Naturally Colored Yarn for Sale

The wool that we sell for hand spinning is the fiber protected under the jackets that our Corriedale sheep wear all year. In addition to that wool, each sheep has wool that cannot be covered by the jackets, but which is still quite suitable for spinning. We save this wool and have it professionally washed, carded and spun for us. We call this “mill-spun” yarn.

Our yarn is spun for us at Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. All of the yarn is sport weight and comes in skeins of approximately 4 ounces each. There are about 350 yards in a 4 ounce skein. For our undyed, “mill-spun” yarn, we weigh each skein and price it individually. The cost is $4.00/ounce for our natural colors and white, which is about $16.00/skein.

We usually have our Corriedale “mill-spun” yarn available in three natural colors and white. The white and three natural colors currently available are shown below. (Keep in mind that the colors shown on your monitor will not exactly match the yarn colors in real life.)

  1. White
  2. Dark Gray
  3. Medium Gray
  4. Light Gray

Please note that each batch of “mill-spun” yarn can be slightly different from the next in terms of shade. We provide an identifying number for each batch sold if you need to purchase additional amounts of the exact same yarn.

How to order natural colored yarn online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.

Naturally Colored Yarn

Naturally Dyed Yarn For Sale

We have naturally dyed yarn in a multitude of colors. Gretchen dyes the yarn using plants (many of which we grow on the farm), mushrooms and other naturally occurring dye materials. The naturally dyed yarns are all priced at $32.00/skein, regardless of exact weight.

Please note that as of now (January 2021) our supply of dyed yarn is very low. We will not be able to produce more until late spring with warmer weather, as all of our dyeing occurs outdoors. This list will be updated as we produce more.

How to order naturally dyed yarn online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form by showing in the large box the yarn ID number for each color and number of skeins for each color that you wish to order. When complete, transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.

Green and Blue
  • G-1 Light Green (Marigold over-dyed with Indigo) – 2 skeins
  • I-1 Light Blue (Indigo) – 1 skein
  • I-2 Medium Blue (Indigo) – 5 skeins
Naturallyb Dyed yarn: Blue and Green
Yellow
  • M-1 Dark Yellow (Marigold) – 3 skeins
  • PC-1 Yellow (Cosmos) – 5 skeins
  • OS-3 Yellow (Onion Skins) – 2 skeins
  • M-2 Yellow (Marigold) – 5 skeins
  • PC-2 Yellow (Cosmos) – 2 skeins
  • M-3 Light Yellow (Marigold) – SOLD OUT
Naturally Dyed Yarn: Yellow
Orange
  • DC-1 Dark Orange (Dyers Cosmos) – 1 skein
  • OS-1 Orange (Onion Skins) – 5 skeins
  • DC-2 Orange (Dyers Cosmos) – 7 skeins
  • DC-3 Orange (Dyers Cosmos) – 3 skeins
  • OS-2 Light Orange (Onion Skins) – 6 skeins
Naturally Dyed Yarn: Orange
Red and Pink
  • C-2 Red (Cochineal) – 1 skein
  • C-3 Dark Pink (Cochineal) – 4 skeins
  • C-4 Pink (Cochineal) – 6 skeins
  • C-5 Light Pink (Cochineal) – 5 skeins
  • C-6 Very Light Pink (Cochineal) – 3 skeins
  • B-1 Salmon (Brazilwood) – 6 skeins
Naturally Dyed Yarn: Red & Pink
Red and Purple
  • L-1 Dark Red (Lac) – 1 skein
  • L-2 Rose (Lac) – 3 skeins
  • L-3 Light Rose (Lac) – 5 skeins
  • C/CS-1 Dark Purple (Cochineal with Copper Sulfate) – 1 skein
  • B/SA-1 Light Purple (Brazilwood with Soda Ash) – 4 skeins
Naturally Dyed Yarn: Purple/Red

ROVING FOR SALE

We sell roving by the ball, as it comes to us from our wool processor, Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill. Roving balls may weigh anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces. We will try to get as close as possible to the number of ounces that you are requesting. Our roving is priced at two levels. The higher priced roving ($4.50/ounce) is made from the individual fleece of a jacketed sheep. The lower priced roving ($3.50/ounce) is made as a blend of fleeces from several sheep and may include wool that was not under a jacket. Currently we have the following 4 colors available for blended roving:

  1. Dark Gray – 26.1 oz total
  2. Medium Gray – 20.8 oz total
  3. Light Gray – 17.7 oz total
  4. White – 10.2 oz total
Roving (blended)
Currently we have the following 6 colors available from individual jacketed sheep:

  • WTPB – Winnie the Pooh Bear (White) – 66.9 oz total
  • K – Kahlie (Charcoal Gray) – 19.5 oz total
  • B – Brie (Dark Gray) – 25.6 oz total
  • NG – Nitty Gritty (Brown) – 17.7 oz total
  • V – Velveeta (Light Gray) – 20.5 oz total
  • NN – Nanoo Nanoo (Vanilla Gray) – 40.2 oz total
Roving from individual sheep

How to order roving online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.


BLANKETS FOR SALE

Handwoven Blankets

Our handwoven blankets are made from yarns produced with wool from our flock of Corriedale sheep. The yarn is either natural colors from the sheep and/or naturally dyed yarn from the sheep. They usually measure about 58″ by 96″, excluding fringe. They are priced at $550 plus tax. The blanket pictured below is the last of a series woven in 2020, featuring a southwestern color scheme. It has been SOLD. A new blanket will be posted to the site when completed.

Handwoven Blanket
How to order a blanket online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.


SCARVES FOR SALE

Handwoven Scarves

Our handwoven scarves are made with yarns produced with wool from our flock of Corriedale sheep. The yarn is either natural colors from the sheep and/or naturally dyed from the sheep. Each scarf is priced at $105 plus tax. Pictured below is our current selection.

  1. Yellow scarf – 67″ long, plus fringe, 6.5″ wide. Yarn dyed with weld, eucalyptus leaves and artichoke leaves, with a natural white wool yarn base.
  2. Blue scarf – 61″ long, plus fringe, 7″ wide. Yarn dyed with indigo, with a natural gray wool yarn base. SOLD
  3. Rose scarf – 66″ long, plus fringe, 7″ wide. Yarn dyed with cochineal, with a natural light gray wool yarn base. SOLD
Handwoven Scarves
How to order scarves online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.


 

PILLOWS FOR SALE

Handwoven Pillows

Our handwoven pillows are a combination of our naturally colored and/or our naturally dyed Corriedale wool yarn, along with Gretchen’s handspun yarn. Each pillow is designed on the loom as it is being woven. Pillows come in three sizes – 18″ by 18″, 16″ by 16″, or 14″ by 14″. No two pillows are identical, but each pillow is a part of a series and each series is included in a separate photograph below. The largest pillows are $100 each, the medium pillows are $90 each and the smallest are $80 per pillow. The pillows are designed with an envelope opening allowing for ease in laundering once the fiberfill pillow is removed.

Images of pillows will be posted shortly.

How to order pillows online: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Your cost will normally include a charge for shipping and sales tax. We normally ship with FedEx. You can also make arrangements with us to pick up your order here at the farm.


 

BOOKS

Breakfast at Whitefish Bay Farm III

Ready for your next breakfast feast – Breakfast at Whitefish Bay Farm III
 – is a cookbook dedicated to our guests. The third, updated version of Gretchen’s cookbook, published in February 2015, has several new recipes including over 100 recipes for bountiful breads, cheerful coffee cakes, exciting eggs, fanciful fruit, glorious go-alongs, jazzy jams and jellies, marvelous muffins, perfect pancakes, scrumptious scones, tasty French toast, and wonderful waffles. Introductory pages give a history of the farm and a philosophy section gives hints from Gretchen about her cooking and baking secrets. All of the recipes included in the cookbook were served regularly at the B&B. Price: $15.00 (plus sales tax for) Shipping and handling is extra.

How to order Breakfast at Whitefish Bay Farm III
: Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.

Cover of cookbook "Breakfast at Whitefish Bay Farm"

Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd

Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd recounts Dick and Gretchen Regnery’s experiences from over 20 years of raising sheep in Door County in northeast Wisconsin. In their late 30’s, they abandoned their urban life to buy and rehabilitate an old dairy farm. Their flock of white and naturally colored Corriedale sheep produces specialized wool for use in handspinning. Along with insights on raising and caring for sheep and producing quality wool, the book introduces many of the individual members of the flock. Certain flock members also contribute their own essays in order to assure that a “balanced” perspective is maintained. Join us for tales ranging from trolls and phobias to artificial insemination to a journey to the end of the earth. There are two ways to purchase a copy of Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd.

  1. Paperback editions can be purchased from Whitefish Bay Farm for $19.95 (plus shipping). Go to our Mercantile Contact Form. Complete the form and transmit it to us. You will immediately receive an automated notice that your message was sent. We will try to respond within 24 hours of your sending the form.
  2. Hard cover ($27.50), paperback ($19.95) and E book ($8.99) editions can all be ordered directly from the printer. Click on the following site to order online: Lulu Book Publishing. The author appreciates purchases made through Lulu Book Publishing rather than other online sources.
Cover of "Ruminations of a Grumpy Shepherd"