My son was four at the time, my daughter was three. We named
the ewe, Meryl Sheep (Sesame Street gets the credit) and she
was the beginning of a love affair with fleece.
From that point forward we began to collect fiber animals - I
bought a small herd of Angora goats from a friend, and picked
up additional does; then I picked up more sheep and found
myself obsessed with spinning and felting and knitting - so
much for the horses. We rescued a few sheep, took in a bunch
more when a friend moved to California, adopted a bottle lamb
(again) - and the next thing you know we have a flock/herd of
over 30 animals with spring kids and lambs adding to the mix.
If you would like to see a nine minute video history of how I got
into this fabulous business, please click here or keep reading.
So here we are many years later, knee deep in fiber and sharing
our products with you.
Some of our wool goes to Zeilingers in Frankenmuth to be made
into socks, some goes to Stonehedge in East Jordan to be
processed with alpaca fiber from Michigan farms. The yarn is a
lovely 50/50 blend. We call it Fresh Water Fiber yarn, as we are
blessed to be surrounded by the Great Lakes and thousands of
fresh water lakes and ponds. In 2018 our fine fiber crop went to
Hoof 2 Hanger in the southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula.
They are making 100% merino wool yarn for us. It should be
ready for the Fiber Festival in August. Keep an eye out for it
when you mosey through the buildings.
Our yarns are hand painted or kettle dyed with Cushing's and
Jaquard Dyes. The yarn is ideal for outerwear, for heavy
sweaters, socks, or vests. Don't expect this yarn to wear out -
your projects will end up being heirloom gifts for years to come.
The 50/50 alpaca merino yarn batch is almost gone - I have
approximately 20 skeins left. If you like it, don't hesitate to buy -
this is the last of a wonderful yarn.
Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm was settled north of Mason,
Michigan in 1984. I finally got serious and started to sell all that
mohair and wool in 2006, we started selling our roving for
spinners, handspun yarns, scarves, comforters and novelty
items such as bird nesting material and fly tier's dubbing for
fishermen. Today we specialize in purebred merino starter
flocks and millspun fine-wool and alpaca yarns, millspun socks
and dryer balls. I still enjoy spinning for special orders and I sell
single skeins from roving batches. Our stuff moves fast, so
don't wait too long to order.