Spun will be celebrating the Mitten throughout the month of October, and we’re kicking things off with a party focused on Michigan fiber! Pam Doyle from Red Barn Farm and Xania Payne from Witamy Farm will join us to chat about raising sheep and alpaca, and we'll have their yarn on display along with many other beauties from some special, small Michigan producers. We'll also enjoy some Michigan-made treats as we ring in October during Kerrytown First Fridays.
Red Barn Farm
Shetland: Irresistible stuff that begs to be knitted or crocheted, presented in sheep-specific skeins, some from a lamb’s first shearing. Shetland’s hand is nice and crunchy without being rough, and it boasts superior stitch definition.
Alpaca: Make sure you’re prepared before you pick up a skein of Witamy Farm’s alpaca! You might expect softness, but you’ll be surprised by the depth and character of this Grass Lake beauty, put up in a natural palette that is easy to give and easy to wear.
Angora/Merino: Nothing could be nicer than this! Elegant, light, soft, with a mild halo, this blend from Witamy Farm is something special indeed.
Lopi Lamb: This bulky Icelandic beauty, sourced in Michigan and milled in Wisconsin, will come as a surprise to anyone who’s worked with commercially available Icelandic yarn. Lopi Lamb, truth be told, is a bit of a shock: soft to the hands, but retaining the character and tonal depth of traditional Icelandic fiber. Also (obviously): warm.
Michigan Fiber Collective
Fresh Water Fiber: The Michigan Fiber Collective has launched its first limited-edition yarn! Fresh Water Fiber (a perfect name for a perfect Great Lakes yarn) is lovely to work with, a sproingy blend of Merino and alpaca, sourced from farms across Michigan—Grand Ledge, Munith, Mason, South Lyon, Potterville, Scotts, Byron Center, Charlevoix, Milford—and processed at Stonehedge Fiber Mill, in East Jordan.