Announcement   ***It is incredible how many folks have discovered 1910 Shepherd Socks. Please note that custom socks ordered after today Dec 10th..will be delivered after Christmas. Merry Christmas!!

Come and visit Sweet Tree Hill Farm Store. We produce our Hilltop Shetland yarn, 1910 Hand Knitted Socks, hand blended roving and batts in dyed and natural colors for spinners and felters, knitting kits and more from our farm residents-our Shetland sheep, angora rabbits and Cashmere Goats. We are a 20 acre fiber farm located in the beautiful hills in Central Virginia.

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Last updated on Dec 10, 2017

***It is incredible how many folks have discovered 1910 Shepherd Socks. Please note that custom socks ordered after today Dec 10th..will be delivered after Christmas. Merry Christmas!!

Come and visit Sweet Tree Hill Farm Store. We produce our Hilltop Shetland yarn, 1910 Hand Knitted Socks, hand blended roving and batts in dyed and natural colors for spinners and felters, knitting kits and more from our farm residents-our Shetland sheep, angora rabbits and Cashmere Goats. We are a 20 acre fiber farm located in the beautiful hills in Central Virginia.

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Five Natural Colors of Shetland Wool available in 400 yard skeins of fingering weight Hilltop Shetland. Perfect for Fair Isle, Lace Shawls & sock knitting. Knits beautifully on our antique circular sock machine. See 1910 shepherd socks in the store.

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A Celebration of Farm Raised Fiber!

My fiber journey is a long one. From owning a retail yarn shop, to building a wholesale yarn business selling hand dyed yarns and original patterns to over 150 yarn shops across the country...to finding an old farm place in the heart of Virginia that needed a bit of TLC
All this has lead me to creating our family farm, Sweet Tree Hill Farm on a hill under 100 year old walnut and pecan trees. I have always loved the history and large selection of natural colors of Shetland Sheep. So we now raise registered Shetlands, also Angora rabbits, cashmere goats and chickens (not for fiber, just for fun and breakfast.) My skills of dyeing, along with knitting, felting, spinning and embroidery are utilized to create some of the products found in our farm shop on Etsy.

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT....After fleeces are shorn, I wash them all by hand. Some fleeces are hand processed...some are dyed, picked and carded. Some are blended with silk or mohair. Carded batts are available for spinners. Some are handspun into yarn for knitters. And some of the washed fleeces are brought to a small mill for processing into yarn, especially sock yarn for creating our newest product, 1910 Socks knitted on our antique sock machine.

Through the work of raising the animals, who all have names and whom we build relationships with...And onto working with the fiber, I have discovered that this is sacred work, like a calling. I had not embroidered since I was a girl, but the skill came back to me as if I never stopped. And even the simple process of washing and preparing the wool is a joy. So enjoy the shop, as each day providing yarn, roving, hats, and jewelry and NOW SOCKS!... is not a job, but a celebration.

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  • Kat Oliver

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Spinner, Felter

    I raise registered Shetland Sheep, Angora rabbits, cashmere goats & a few chickens with my family on 20 acres in the heart of Virginia. I am a long time spinner, dyer, felter and embroideror. I celebrate the beautiful qualities of the Fiber we raise.

Production partners

  • Gurdy Run Fiber Mill

    Halifax, PA

    This family run cottage size fiber mill processes our farm raised Shetland Wool and spins our yarn

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