GhostCatFarm

Creations by Ghost Cat: Handspun Yarn and Knits.

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GhostCatFarm

Creations by Ghost Cat: Handspun Yarn and Knits.

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    About GhostCatFarm

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    On Etsy since 2016

    From grass to sheep to yarn to garment all on our Wisconsin farm.

    WHAT WE DO
    We do fiber. That means we sell Angora, wool, and alpaca yarns, roving, and finished products. Most of the products you see here are yarns. However, I often do custom knit sweaters, hats, mittens, and other garments for folks. If you have something specific in mind for a custom yarn or a custom knit, please don't hesitate to send us a message. If you live near the Twin Cities or Western Wisconsin, I also do spinning and knitting lessons for folks wanting to learn.

    WHY GHOST CAT?
    When we moved into our first house, it was pretty clear it had a ghost cat. When guests came over, they would look down and ask where the cat was that just brushed up against their leg. We didn't have a cat at the time. And honestly, the house did feel like a cat was there. Bob reports having seen Ghost Cat in the reflection of the window one evening. But there's not much more beyond that. Years later, we actually do have a cat (because Ghost Cat apparently only caught ghost mice), and our real cat is conveniently black, like our logo. So it all worked out.

    THE REAL STORY BEHIND OUR PRODUCTS
    Tara, the spinner behind Ghost Cat Farm, has been knitting and crocheting for 10 years. She started spinning a few years later in order to slow down her demand for new yarn. A couple of years after that, she broke down and bought her first alpacas and sheep, and even later, a rabbit. Unless otherwise noted in the product description, the fibers you see here are grown and processed by hand onsite and spun into final products on our farm. That means that every product here was made in Wisconsin using energy from the Wisconsin sun to grow the grass the grows the wool that is spun into yarn. We try to use eco-friendly dyes, and consider the environmental impact of all of our work.

    HAND PROCESSED FIBERS
    Hand processing the fibers means that the fibers are not stressed by machines during carding, washing, or spinning. Because of this, our yarns have more bounce and elasticity than machine-milled yarn of the same composition. But they may also have more vegetable matter (see below). People are often surprised when they try on our handspun sweaters that they don't itch at all, that's because we don't use any harsh chemicals which can irritate the skin when we process.

    A NOTE ON NATURAL
    Because we process all of our fibers by hand, some vegetable matter (mostly hay that the animal ate over winter) stays in. We try to get out as much as we can, but sometimes the odd piece can get past. Wearing/using your item, these stray pieces will come out naturally. Our sheep products also have some lanolin in them still, because we don't use a very harsh wash. This is unnoticeable to most people, but I mention it for people who may have a lanolin allergy.

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    • Tara Daun

      Owner, Designer, Maker

      While caring for two toddlers, Tara takes care of fuzzy animals and then processes their fiber into yarn, knits, & garden mulch. She started spinning to save $$. Turns out, paying for the farm ends up being more expensive than a few trips to the LYS.

    • Bob Daun

      Owner, Artist

      Bob is the chief alpaca hugger (see picture). He also does the woodwork and glass creations you will see on our site from time to time.

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