Welcome to our end of the Rainbow!
Our lives revolve around a sweet group of sheep that run our farm. We are a small, family owned animal friendly farm sanctuary (we like the term retirement villa!) located in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin.
The sheep, llamas and alpacas find their way here from a variety of situations including rescue efforts, special need animals, retirement needs or as a result of changing family situations that force people to re-home a fiber family member. We offer our critter family a safe place to live out their lives- romping on pastures with LOTS of treats and hugs to keep them happy.
Our sheep are never eaten, sold, traded, given away or allowed to have lambs (unless they arrive pregnant of course!). If we bred our sheep, I would never part with even one so our farm would see a major population explosion- which would not be a good thing overall! Don't get me wrong, I do love my lamb babies, but can wait til a little bottle lamb needs me to get my 'fix'. ;0)
The only 'rule' we have for the sheep is to be happy- AND provide us with their wonderful fleeces to share with their fan club peeps. The sheep offer washed, unwashed and dyed locks/fiber; dyed and undyed roving; handspun yarn and our own Crazy Quilt batts.
We send roving locally to Argyle Fiber Mill for carding into clouds and roving; and to Morro Fleece Works in California to be carded into pindrafted and loose roving. No harsh chemicals are used while processing our fiber, at home or the mills. (except of course the dye powders- someday we will use natural plant dyes....)
We also specialize in handspun yarn of all types-from lace weight all the way to our signature Crazy Quilt yarn that is bulky, full of lashes and just plain fun! I spin them all here on a variety of spinning wheels. I love creating yarn that is one of a kind, one skein or enough for a large project- you name it!
We love our animals beyond words. We hope you will find our pricing structure very fair and our products are of the best sheepy quality!! We are not in this for the money, but rather to find a way to keep our farm in business so that we may continue to provide shelter for the many animals who may otherwise not have a chance to live out the remainder of their lives in peace. For more information about us please visit our 'meet the sheep' or FAQ pages.
I could go on and on (and do tend to when it comes to the sheep and job I love and am so lucky to have) but hope you have a sense of what we offer here, both to the sheep and you as their fiber and yarn fans. Hope to see you soon...... where sheep may safely graze....
Hope to see you soon...... where sheep may safely graze....
Hand Dyed Fiber
Our sheep work here at home, carefully washing and dyeing their fiber, then choose colors to create one of a kind, rarely repeatable colorways. They keep odd hours and tend to fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to designing colorways. They never write down recipes, lists of colors or ANYthing.... They just have fun and sprinkle in a little karma special for you!
The sheep do not use harsh chemicals when processing their fiber so if you find a stray bit of vegetable matter/debris, an oat or a little hay, please consider it a little 'character' from some happy sheep who occasionally delight in ignoring our 'rules' about keeping clean. They work very hard to sort and send out the best of their fiber-and pack extra just in case they DO miss something.