Episode 103 – Yak, Camel and Sartuul Sheep Fibre – Nomadnoos Yarn

Although our program is mainly about knitting, sheep and their wool feature heavily as well. In Episode 103 we are also including yaks, camels and goats as well as two very ancient sheep breeds that you may not have even heard of. Our main feature interview is with the founder of Nomadnoos Yarns. Nomadnoos yarn uses fibre from Mongolian yak and camel and the native Mongolian Sartuul sheep. We also cover goats but not angora goats. In our Makers segment we take you to a small Bavarian goat farm here in Germany where they make wonderful goats cheese. On the knitting front, we have two finished projects to show off which also means we have two new projects to start. Andrea has also prepared a short fun behind the scenes segment which shows you how we film and prepare an interview. It’s a full and varied program for you.


Coty Jeronimus of Nomadnoos and Swiss Cool Wool. (Coty is wearing The Purl Code by Isabel Kraemer.) 

Coty Jeronimus is the founder of Nomadnoos which produces luxury handspun yarns that have a strong social story. The yarn is made from Mongolian yak, camel and sheep fibers which supports the local Mongolian herders. The fibers are then taken to Nepal and handspun by a small group of woman who are known for their very fine hand spinning skills and this helps raise these women and their families out of poverty. As you can imagine it is a steep learning curve to start your own yarn company, particularly when you are working very closely with different cultures. But it has been an exciting adventure for Coty and during the interview she talks about the different lifestyles of both the Mongolian herders and the Nepalese spinners and the fun she’s had working together with them.

Mongolian Yaks

Coty sources the yak, camel and sartuul sheep fleeces directly from herders in Mongolia. This eliminates the middlemen and ensures that the herders are paid a fair rate for their fleeces. Herders are also trained to optimize the quality of their fleeces. The extra income that they receive helps them to keep living in their traditional lifestyle.

Handspinning in Nepal

There is a long tradition in Nepal of very fine handspinning. Coty works with a small group of marginalized woman so that they can work from home and contribute to their families income.

Nomadnoos yarns

Coty lives in the Swiss mountains and she is also developing a local Swiss wool from a primitive European sheep breed called Skudde. This yarn range is called Swiss Cool Wool. If you are interested in this wool you need to contact Coty via swisscoolwool.com

Coty with her Skudde sheep

Finding Nomadnoos

Patron Discount – Nomadnoos

Coty is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 20% discount off the whole collection of Nomadnoos yarns. They are very beautiful and luxurious hand spun yarns made from Mongolian yak, camel and the native Mongolian Sartul sheep. We hear all about how the fibers are grown, spun and dyed in the interview. This offer is valid until 14 July, full details here.

Patron Discount – Nomadnoos yak, handspun camel and Sartuul sheep yarns.

Der Berghof – Goat Cheese

Roland, cheese maker at Der Berghof.

For our makers segment we take you to a small family run Bavarian goat farm. We get up close to the goats, we see them being milked and we see the cheese maker in the kitchen separating the curds and whey and making all kinds of cheese varieties.

Weiße Deutsche Edelziegen – German Improved White Goats

Andrew also does a little bit of research and shares some interesting goaty facts. One of them being that goats and dogs are have very similar behaviors.

Getting some attention here. This got a little tricky, with one goat pushing from the front and another strategically placed behind my knees…

There are a few perks to the job and one of them was tucking into this feast at the end of the filming.

It’s a tough job…
… but someone had to do it.

Bohemian Blooms by Janie Crow

I made the deadline, I have completely finished the Bohemian Blooms crochet blanket by Janie Crow. Since the last episode I finished the last four white flowers and joined all the pieces together. Then at the very end, I had the fancy scolloped edging to do that goes around the whole blanket. This nearly killed me, there are over 900 stitches in just one row.

Bohemian Blooms by Janie Crow

Finding Janie Crow and the Bohemian Blooms blanket

Celestial by Martin Storey

Andrew also pressed on and finished his project. I think he did extremely well with this project but he did discover some last minute mistakes and gives you a summary of his ‘lessons learned’.

Celestial by Martin Storey

Finding Martin Storey and the Celestial top

Jennifer Beale – L’Anse au Loup

Not much to say about my new project as I haven’t even read the pattern through but the yarn I’m using is Yarnadelic by John Arbon in the colourways Pink Moon and Badi Da.

L’Anse au Loup by Jennifer Beale

Bowie – Lisa Richardson

Andrew says he has a thing for lace and we all know he excels at stocking stitch, so his new project is a match made in heaven. The design is Bowie by Lisa Richardson and he is using the Rowan Fine Lace. The pattern is published in the Rowan Magazine No. 67.

Bowie by Lisa Richardson

Behind the Scenes

Fruity Knitting – Behind the Scenes

Some of our viewers have asked to see some more behind the scenes of how we put together our episodes. So I put on the camera when we set up our lounge room and recorded our interview with Nomadnoos yarns. I thought it would be fun for you to first see our interview with Nomadnoos ‘from the wing’ so to speak and then get to see the final polished feature interview.

The Nomadnoos interview, in Adobe Premiere Pro, almost finished.

We were wearing

  • Andrew was wearing a nice new T-shirt from Monster Threads.
  • In the Episode, Andrea was wearing Celestial by Martin Storey
  • And in the interview with Coty from Nomadnoos, Andrea was wearing a blue vest which we can’t identify.
Andrea’s looking celestial and Andrew’s having a whale of a time.

Music Credits

12 thoughts on “Episode 103 – Yak, Camel and Sartuul Sheep Fibre – Nomadnoos Yarn”

  1. Thank you for another wonderful episode, including an appearance by the adorable Jack! Andrew, I can’t believe what a good knitter you’ve become. Andrea, the sweater is beautiful on you. Not many people can wear that color, and it’s stunning on you. Your blanket too is gorgeous – hanging it will be perfect! The goats were fun to watch, and I very much enjoyed the Coty Jeronimus interview. I’ve been wanting to try yak yarn for a while, and now I have the perfect excuse!

    1. Thanks, Gerie! Jack was working hard and doing a really good job! Glad you enjoyed the episode. Have fun with your yak.

  2. Andrea,

    Wondering if the Yarndelic yarn you are currently using is itchy at all. I’ve never used it before and would like to try it because of the mini skeins. Thank you.


    1. Hi Bonnie. The Yarnadelic is not overly scratchy, but we’re not overly sensitive. It’s hard to put an objective figure on it… Not sure where you’re located, but maybe you could buy a small sample skein?

  3. Really interesting to see behind the scenes and how the programme is made – it makes one appreciate what goes into the programme. Congratulations on your lovely finished items, especially the amazing crochet blanket. I completed Janie Crow’s (much simpler)Lantern shawl earlier this year and that was a marathon enough!
    I haven’t worked my way through all the back episodes so don’t know if they have already been featured but have you come across the English designer Alison Ellen or the Canadian Sally Melville? Both are very experienced designers and teachers.
    Thank you so much for Fruity Knitting – it has been a particular oasis of calm and solace recently.

    1. Hi Joanne. Thanks for your feedback. The blanket certainly was a marathon – congratulations on yours too!

      Thanks for your guest suggestions. I’ll make sure that they are on our list to follow up with.


  4. Just want to say thank you, Andrea & Andrew. During this pandemic quarantine time, it is so nice to sit down in the afternoon and catch up on current and old Fruity Knitting episodes. Your show notes are a wonderful reference to all things knitting and the tutorials have improved my knitting immensely– especially seaming using the backstitch method. My classical musical knowledge is minimal; thanks for exposing me to great composers.
    Happy knitting to all.

    1. Thank you, Sylvia! The knitting is obviously our main theme, but we do love putting out the beautiful music for people to enjoy.

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