Durning the last several months, as I have been exploring wool, learning more about it, playing with it more, I have been more focused on Michigan grown wool. Ravlery and Etsy have helped me discover many Michigan wool and yarn producers. Because of this journey, or adventure ….I met Cary from Serenity Farms in Alma.
This gracious lady invited me for a visit. No way I would turn that down! So recently, ROAD TRIP!!!! We had a wonderful day. She introduced me to her flock of Corriedale sheep…..and as an added bonus there were a bunch of new babies too.
Before I tell you more about my trip, I want to apologize for the lack of pictures. Well, I was so focused, trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could from Cary and the visit….I totally forgot about pictures. Daaaaaaaa!
I was so tickled to find a nearly neighbor who grew Corriedale. I had discovered I really like the fiber they produce. It is fine, bouncey, crimpy, soft and likes to be spun fine for lace projects. It’s medium staple length makes it nice for the support spindle. I first fell in love with Corriedale through the spindle maker, Malcolmb Feilding. He sent a generous sample of New Zealand Corriedale, with a spindle, from Austrailia. It was love at first touch. Well, then I tried some of Cary’s fiber. It is every bit as luscious and beautiful as the sample from Australia. Easy choice! Sorry Malcomb….I will continue to covet and accumulate your spindles, but for Corriedale, it’s Serenity Farms.
Back to the trip. Cary introduced me to her flock and the babies. Not having a farm background, I don’t think I’d ever met sheep before, at least not on their turf. I have stolen a picture from a post Cary made on Ravlery (sorry Cary, I couldn’t resist).
Aren’t they something. I do not know exactly why, but these lambs with their sweaters on CRACK ME UP! Doesn’t it look like they have little boucle sweaters on. I smile every time I see them. It just tickles me to no end…every single time. I just can’t get over the fact they look like they have sweaters on. I find it such a hoot!
Anyway, Cary showed me fleece after fleece. WOW! She taught me about good parts, bad parts, how to test strength, and how to look at it raw and invision the possibilities. This is where I wish I has pictures to share but I don’t so instead, here are some pictures of some washed and spun samples from Cary’s sheep. WARNING – pictures don’t do them justice!
Kastle is a beautiful heathered dark gray.
Hanna is a bright white that likes to be skinny.
Kodak is a wonderful brownish heather.
After the barn and the skirting lesson she took me over to their round house, where she stores some of her fleeces.
(DISCLAIMER – I’m not positive this is Cary’s round house, but it sure looks like it! the picture is from Alma). It is a super neat building.
Many little baggies in tow + a couple big sacks we went to the house and I gave Cary a quickie support spindle lesson. I hope she will continue with it till it sticks, because I think she would find it most pleasurable and relaxing and portable!
It was a terrific day! I came home with a generous amount of fiber, a tiny bit smarter, a lot more confident about my fiber choices and happy to make a new fiber friend. Thank you so very much, Cary, for the wonderful day, your generosity and hospitality!
Please visit Cary’s blog HERE and the Serenity Farms site HERE. Cary can also be found on Ravlery as grannysheep. If you are hesitant about getting fleece or fiber online, you don’t need to be, if you get fiber from Serenity Farms. I know, I know, I sound like an ad, but I’m not. Just thrilled to find such quality fiber so near by and believe in supporting our local shepards that make it all possible!