Monthly Archives: December 2015

Natural Wool from Healthy, Happy Sheep is Really Soft – CBC Interview

This CBC Interview by Wei Chan, took place in September, 2015. Holt Renfrew had just chosen Topsy Farms products for their Campaign for Wool in October, 2015.

The Campaign for Wool was initiated by Prince Charles in England, as a result of his desire to increase the market for British and Commonwealth wool and to promote awareness of its environmental benefits. The Campaign expanded to Canada in the past two years, with Holt Renfrew as a major participant.

Natural Wool from Healthy Happy Sheep - CBC Interview

One of our blankets, at Holt Renfrew’s

Buyers from Holt Renfrew’s chose Topsy’s products for their Campaign for Wool shop

Queen-sized blankets and sheepskin mitts were selected to be sold from their stores in Calgary, Toronto (Yorkdale and Bloor Street) and at Ogilvy, their store in Montréal.

The 5 minute interview with Sally, explores why our wool products are unusually soft and not prickly as a result of our caring pasture-raised sheep practices and the gentle, chemical-free wool processing techniques used.

Wei Chan asked about the startling impact of being contacted by the Princes’ Charities, on behalf of Prince Charles and was met with a laugh.

Please enjoy our cheerful radio discussion.

Natural Wool from Healthy, Happy Sheep is Really Soft - CBC Intervie

Prince Charles

Syrian Refugees Will Receive A Warm Welcome with Topsy’s Help

Syrian Refugees will receive warm welcome with Topsy's help

Syrian Refugees reaching shore in Lesbos – photo by Sergey Ponomarev

Kingston region expects about 600 Syrian Refugees to arrive by February.

The Syrian Refugees need to be welcomed with warm clothes as well as warm intentions.

Topsy Farms is all about wool, and warmth and food, and welcoming visitors. We admired the momentum in other communities to mobilize craftspeople to create warm items of apparel ( and

But nothing was happening in Kingston.

So we helped start KINGSTON STITCHES FOR SYRIANS campaign.

Knit Traders, our Kingston yarn outlet store, and Jean Sweezie, a Kingston knitter, are the team making this happen. Others, including the mobile yarn store Purlin J ‘s (who also carry Topsy yarn) and Rosa’s Café are promoting the idea. More will soon follow.

Syrian Refugees will receive a warm welcome with Topsy's help

warm hats for cold refugees

The goal is to encourage all knitters, crocheters, weavers, and sewers to contribute hats, mitts, scarves, socks/slippers, toys and blankets.  Warmth matters. The newcomers will be traumatized and cold. Our yarn is wonderful for hats and mitts and we’ve offered some at cost for this purpose.

We are asking the creators to attach a label with a simple message of welcome, and their first name, and to provide some guidelines for those sorting the donations.

On Amherst Island, bring your donations to the Wool Shed at Topsy Farms. In Bath, please go to Rosa’s Café. In Kingston, drop your donation off at KnitTraders or at Minotaur Games and Gifts at 78 Princess. In Napanee go to Ellena’s Café. We will be seeking other locations in regional towns and villages. A group of folks who crochet in The Great Waterways have joined us. We are approaching seniors residences and groups. Knit Traders sent their blog to over 800 knitters. And we are coordinating carefully with the overall refugee aid groups.

A kind donor has given $100 to purchase Topsy yarn at discount for this purpose. Our coordinator who is visiting Seniors Centres to encourage involvement in Kingston Stitches for Syrians, may now offer our yarn, free.

In your community, seek the networks that may exist. If nothing is happening, start your own, and link with us for more information.

Please encourage friends and neighbours to join in. Remember, no donation is too small or too big, whether it’s a small beginners’ scarf or a family sized afghan – we need them all.

Nous vous invitons à communiquer avec nous en français à, ou par téléphone: 1-888-287-3157. Demandez à parler à Sally.