|Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm
| In 1991 Grandpa Doc gave the kids a ewe lamb to bottle feed. My son was four at the time, my daughter was three. We named the ewe, Meryl Sheep
(Sesame Street gets the credit) and she was the beginning of a love affair with fleece.
From that point forward we began to collect fiber animals - I bought a small herd of Angora goats from a friend, and picked up additional does; then I
picked up more sheep and found myself obsessed with spinning and felting and knitting - so much for the horses. We rescued a few sheep, took in a
bunch more when a friend moved to California, adopted a bottle lamb (again) - and the next thing you know we have a flock/herd of over 30 animals with
spring kids and lambs adding to the mix.
If you would like to see a nine minute video history of how I got into this fabulous business, please click here or keep reading.
So here we are 24 years later, knee deep in fiber and sharing our products with you. Happy Goat Lucky Ewe's latest addition to the farm is Vincent, a one-eared
Merino ram from Green Field Village. He has 14 girlfriends, including six natural color ewes out of a previous ram named Czar and our merino girls.
In past years, the wool went to Zeilingers in Frankenmuth, Michigan to be processed and came back as machine spun yarn. It is a natural white, with mohair
and dyed or hand painted with Cushing's Dye. It is ideal as outerwear, for heavy sweaters, socks, or vests. Don't expect this yarn to wear out - your projects
will end up being heirloom gifts for years to come. The yarn from this batch is almost gone - I have approximately 20 skeins left. If you like it, don't hesitate
to buy -this is the last of a wonderful batch.
In 2013 we had Missouri cotton from Farmer Jeff Hux and my Aunt Barbara shipped up from Sikeston (in the boot heel of MO). I mixed my merino wool with the
cotton and sent it to the mill to have a cotton-wool batch of yarn spun up. Today (2015) we have about 30 skeins left. It's been such a nice ride, we may do it
My 2015 batch was a small amount of Alpaca and Merino mixed together. I had 66 skeins and it's all gone, but it was a pilot project that started the Michigan
Fiber Cooperative. Next year's clip (2018) is going to the fiber industry cooperative. Our first run was 500 pounds made into 1,600 skeins and sold to yarn shops
across Michigan. Click here for shop listings.
Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm was settled north of Mason, Michigan in 1984. We (Joedy and Bridget Patrick) finally got serious and started to sell all that
mohair and sheep's wool that's been washed and stashed for years. In 2006 we started selling our roving for spinners, handspun yarns, scarves, comforters
and novelty items such as bird nesting material and fly tier's dubbing for fishermen. Today we specialize in purebred merino starter flocks and millspun fine-wool
and alpaca yarns, millspun socks and dryer balls. I still enjoy spinning for special orders and I sell single skeins from roving batches. Our stuff moves fast, so
don't wait too long to order.
Cashmere cloud combed out of
Bridget and Girl Friend (when
we both were younger)
Nap time on the farm
Sheep shearer Dave Owen wrestles with
Theresa Bum Beesa, April 2015
Dream babies arrive every year
Seconds old...joy in a tiny package