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I would like to live on a farm, but.. don't think I want to do the actual work of the farm .. I love the idea of raising sheep, maybe a yak or two, angora goats and alpacas . I would look after them and process their wonderful fibers to make beautiful hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns.....(and of course allowing for lots of extra time to relax and knit from the back porch)

* * * contact info * * * *
alida.porter [!at] gmail.com

* * * * BLOG * * * *
http://swoonfibers.blogspot.com/

* * * * Etsy store * * * *
swoonfibers.etsy.com


It wasn't until I went to a sheep and wool festival in Maryland in '92 or so that I…

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  • Born on March 14
  • Joined June 19, 2010

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merino, cashmere, silk, alpaca, cotton, linen

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I would like to live on a farm, but.. don't think I want to do the actual work of the farm .. I love the idea of raising sheep, maybe a yak or two, angora goats and alpacas . I would look after them and process their wonderful fibers to make beautiful hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns.....(and of course allowing for lots of extra time to relax and knit from the back porch)

* * * contact info * * * *
alida.porter [!at] gmail.com

* * * * BLOG * * * *
http://swoonfibers.blogspot.com/

* * * * Etsy store * * * *
swoonfibers.etsy.com


It wasn't until I went to a sheep and wool festival in Maryland in '92 or so that I started to realize what was involved in sheep farming. Or I should say what was involved with enjoying the products of sheep and wool farmers. I was so taken with the beauty of wools that had been minimally processed that I got my first spinning wheel soon after. Over time, i have experimented with silk, alpaca, llama, different wools, kid mohair, cotton and linen. I did a little hand-dyeing , but nothing serious. Last Fall with a friend I went to Rhinebeck sheep and wool fest, and came back with 3 or 4 fleeces of crossbred and romney, and corriedale. As I cleaned and dyed the lovely wools, I was also
gradually formulating the swoon fibers idea...
I love the growing community of fiber lovers/knitters/crocheters that are interested in a non-factory, non-homogenious product. More importantly, I have loved working with fibers for so many years it seemed unavoidable to open a yarn shop...not brick and mortar yet, but maybe some day...

My mission is to pass along that love of really extraordinary fibers and the enjoyment of the way those fibers take color, how they feel, how they look when they're knitted. My passion has always been about this simple thing, and how sometimes the simplest knitted piece, skein or stitch can have such inherent beauty...

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