Debra Colson's Profile

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I have been dyeing, spinning and knitting for 25 years, when my husband and I bought a big farm in Princeton, Maine. Our first purchase was three beautiful Romneys, a ram and two ewes. We had no fences at this point and really had no need for them since our two young daughters and I treated them as pets, and they followed us everywhere. I fell in love with the animals, the lambing, the shearing, the fiber, dying and spinning. Our flock grew to fifty ewes with gorgeous fleeces all. I then added three mohair goats which soon grew to fifteen. Angora bunnies followed, thirty at final count. Two llamas and an alpaca came a bit later. I was in fiber heaven. My girls had their ponies, then horses,dogs,cats,bunnies and more. My husband had patience, and in truth loved it all... well all but the goats. We raised the majority of our food in our vegetable garden and fruit orchard. We raised chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys,…

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  • Born on June 1
  • Joined September 25, 2011

About

I have been dyeing, spinning and knitting for 25 years, when my husband and I bought a big farm in Princeton, Maine. Our first purchase was three beautiful Romneys, a ram and two ewes. We had no fences at this point and really had no need for them since our two young daughters and I treated them as pets, and they followed us everywhere. I fell in love with the animals, the lambing, the shearing, the fiber, dying and spinning. Our flock grew to fifty ewes with gorgeous fleeces all. I then added three mohair goats which soon grew to fifteen. Angora bunnies followed, thirty at final count. Two llamas and an alpaca came a bit later. I was in fiber heaven. My girls had their ponies, then horses,dogs,cats,bunnies and more. My husband had patience, and in truth loved it all... well all but the goats. We raised the majority of our food in our vegetable garden and fruit orchard. We raised chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys, pigs, and a beef critter. Of course, our girls were the most fun to watch grow and flourish on the farm, as were the foster children we took in over the years. But the children grew up, and my husband and I grew tired.
We have since left the farm behind, but not my passion for fiber. I still spin, dye and knit fiber in our new home in Orrington, Maine. Much of the fiber comes from friends we have met along the way, who still raise sheep. I have a small barn for a few special sheep and a fiber studio. You will usually see me knitting a pair of mittens, a necessity at the farm, as I gave them to neighbors and friends who needed them in our cold Maine winters. Since the move, my mittens pile up as does my yarn. As beautiful as they are to look at, they need hands and children to keep warm and cozy during the winter seasons.
My daughter has encouraged me to share my yarn and mittens with you at etsy. It is a stretch from stopping by the farm to pick up what you need, but the result is the same.
Please fix yourself a sweet, steaming cup of tea, step into my warm studio and have a look around. I hope you find that special yarn for your next project or a pair of the warmest mittens you will ever wear.
You can also reach me at ccolson3 [!at] roadrunner.com

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