The Story Behind Mountain Hollow Farm Store & Studio

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Our farm is on the historic Vancel Mill property. The mill is no longer standing, but the home, barn and store are. The store used to be an old country store that sold groceries, animal feed, gas, candy, pop, etc. It is rumored that Curt Vancel, who owned it in the 30s and 40s, made a million dollars out of this store. When we purchased the property, it was a run-down shed.

We’ve restored the old building and turned it into a unique farm store and fiber studio. We carry yarn, loose leaf tea, fine handcrafts, gourmet food mixes & goat’s milk soap.

Knitting, crochet, spinning, and needle felting lessons are available. For information on upcoming lessons, click on the Classes page of this web site.

In addition to the many gift items and fine handcrafts by talented local and regional artists, Some of the companies represented by our store are:

Yarns

Baah! Yarns –¬†Sophisticated color combinations inspired by nature. Hand dyed in the USA.
Holiday Yarns –¬†Yarns that dreams are made of. Hand¬†dyed in the USA.
Kraemer – Made in the USA & great FREE patterns on their site.
Malabrigo – Beautifully dyed, soft merino wool yarns from Uruguay.
Plymouth – Quality knitting & crochet yarns & patterns.
Wonderland Yarns – by Frabjous fibers – In a world all their own!
ZenYarnGarden – Create something unique. Every day.

Needles, Hooks, Bags & Accessories

Della Q РBeautiful and functional cases for needles & hooks, and project bags
Hiya-Hiya – Circular and interchangeable needles & accessories
KA – Bamboo knitting needles
Knitters Pride¬†–¬†Quality needles and hooks in a variety of materials

Free Patterns

All yarns and supplies for these patterns are available at Mountain Hollow Farm Store & Studio. If you can’t stop in, we are happy to take phone orders.

Rib & Seed Stitch Scarf
This scarf can be knit with worsted weight or bulky yarn. It is an especially¬†quick knit with bulky yarn. The 3×3 rib on each end adds a¬†hint of flare to the¬†richly textured seed stitch¬†body.¬†Slipping the first stitch of each row gives it a nice edge and prevents it from stretching out of shape. The scarf in the photo was made with bulky yarn and 45 stitches in the cast on. It is 7.5″ x 66″ and used 3 skeins of yarn (3.5 oz, 120 yard skeins).

Videos

Tutorials
To learn how to make a Slip Knot, watch our video here.

To learn how to do a Knitted Cast-On, watch our video here. 

Farm
A highlight of being greeted in the female goat pen –¬†http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIFLV3ys9l0¬†

Resources

CGOA РThe Crochet Guild of America
Knit Purl Hunter РFantastic knittng videos
Ravelry РIf you knit or crochet, you NEED to join Ravelry Рand our Ravelry group, Mountain Hollow Farm
TKGA РThe knitting Guild of America
TNNA РThe National Needle Arts Association, a trade association for needle arts stores
Knitting 101¬†– A beginner’s resource guide (Special thanks to Mrs. Arico’s class for recommending this site.)