woolywinds

Woolywinds Handspun Yarns and Handknit Gifts

California, United States · 22 Sales

woolywinds

Woolywinds Handspun Yarns and Handknit Gifts

California, United States 22 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(16)

Announcement   Handmade gifts for those special people in your life! Or just indulge yourself!

To all of you who have shown an interest in my shop and my handmade goods, " thank you". I am back, and recovering well. I hope to fill the shop with many beautiful, unique, and special things in the upcoming future and hope to fulfill everyone's desires. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. And may peace be with all of you that have made this shop a special place.

Announcement

Handmade gifts for those special people in your life! Or just indulge yourself!

To all of you who have shown an interest in my shop and my handmade goods, " thank you". I am back, and recovering well. I hope to fill the shop with many beautiful, unique, and special things in the upcoming future and hope to fulfill everyone's desires. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. And may peace be with all of you that have made this shop a special place.

alma merriman

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alma merriman

Shetland sheep wool yarn, handspun, juniper
US$21.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(16)
Liana Horster

Liana Horster on Apr 29, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This hat is wonderfully cozy and fits great; I love that it is made by hand entirely. Thank you for your thorough and consistent communications--shipped as expected--I would definitely recommend your work!

Anonymous on Dec 31, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

There were initially some problems with shipping (it was several weeks before my hat was shipped), but Alma made the situation right, going well beyond what I expected or asked. I am very happy with the finished product. It is beautiful and well-made. Thanks, Alma!

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About

My life in a nutshell

I grew up with horses, raising registered appaloosa horses, and working as a backyard horse trainer. Horses always have been and always will be my heart and soul. But as my spine will no longer let me ride, I gave up the last of my horses years ago. I moved on to dairy goats, and raised quality La Mancha dairy goats for more than twenty years. They were kept as sort of the most functional animal, as they gave me milk, meat, and gave me something to train my Australian shepherd stock dogs on, and were manageable for me. I drifted into sheep, initially raising them for the freezer, then I bought my first 3 cheviot sheep in 1991. The cheviot flock grew to 50 plus fairly quickly, with me supplementing my income by showing fleeces and lambs, as well as selling lambs for butcher, and spinning yarn for resale. Cheviots are smaller than most sheep, but have the most beautiful meat, being very clean and sweet. But the yarn market not only demanded dyed yarns, people wanted natural colored yarns. I bought 2 colored karakul/cheviot ewes, and started a strain of colored cheviots. But their color was limited to black, grey and dark brown. About that time, a flock of Shetland sheep had been abandoned in Anderson valley, where I was living in Mendocino county, in California. In 1998 I brought home 3 shetlands, 2 ewes and one rams.

Over the years, and while I was living in Montana, my Shetland flock grew to 88 ewes and 15 rams. I have always kept a closed flock to prevent exposure to disease problems, so keeping many rams, of different generations became a necessary thing to avoid health problems, and genetic issues. When I moved back to California, I had to cut the flock back to 55-60 ewes, due to higher hay costs and a limited space to keep them.

Now days due to several physical health issues, the flock is down to 14 ewes and 5 rams. I also have one mature angora goat Doe and buck, and I will be keeping the two black kids my Doe had this year. Oh yes, and there is also my one guard llama, Breezy, that I've had since birth.

In the last 5 years I have been thru 5 major total joint replacements, all of them well beyond the normal replacement stage. But my surgeries are all behind me now, and recovery is going well. I hope to have the shop full of unique and beautiful items for everyone to see and choose from by the end of summer.

To all of you who have taken the time to buy and follow my shop, thank you. May peace be with you always. If anyone wishes to contact me feel free to call me at 530-446-4897, pacific time.Or email me at woolywinds2 [!at] Gmail.com. I am always willing to answer any questions you may have.

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  • alma merriman

    Owner, Producer

    Currently, I live in a small rural town about 2 hours northeast of Sacramento, Ca. I started out in 1991with cheviot sheep. In 1998 I bought 3 Shetland sheep. Nowadays I live in the sierra foothills, with the sheep, dogs, & cats.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 18, 2011
My goal is to make a product that is well accepted, practical, and reasonably priced so that everyone can enjoy a quality, homegrown product that will last and be enjoyed for years to come. Each item is unique in that i don't mass produce any one item. I may make an item in several cvolors, but the production of each item is as individual as I can make it so that everyone can enjoy their own special hat, scarf, etc.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Shipping
Shipping within the united states is included in the price of the item. I ship priority, unless otherwise requested, with delivery confirmation .
Refunds and Exchanges
Items may be returned, with the buyer paying for return shipping. Items must be returned within 14 days and must be in the same condition it was shipped in for a full refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
I encourage custom orders, as everyone has their own ideas as to what they would like to have. I can match most colors for custom dyeing. I have a large selection of patterns in most catagoriesd to choose from and can email pix to you for your choosing.