Category Archives: handspun yarn

The Toddler and the Drop Spindle

photo (18)Drop spindles can feel awkward at first, but a little practice makes perfect. I ask adults down to toddlers to try the same thing first: Just practice spinning it of your leg, without the fiber – just with a piece of yarn.

I can’t wait to see what kinds of yarn this kid produces by his high school years!

“Rebel” & “Detroit” Hand-spun Alpaca Yarn

“Rebel” 120yd $18

“Rebel” is available for purchase at this time. This is at minimum, an 80% alpaca blend giving off hints of rose-grey, pink, purple, and blues. Of course, I think everyone should make socks, but would make a lovely winter hat or scarf for the warmth or request multiple skeins and receive a discounted rate. This skein made using our Suri Tassa-Frass (aka “swift-footed-kicking-monster”), fiber from a rose-grey Huacaya from a neighboring farm (makes the ladies swoon), and some Shetland fibers from a farm in Petoskey.

“Detroit” is named for the timing of the skein.  A friend wanted me to spin up some fibers to sell in Detroit, where, according to a recent Detroit Free Press article, yarn shops are needed/wanted. We are still trying to think of a way to cooperatively connect these fibers with the people of Detroit on a regular basis, but in the meantime, we’re selling some of the inventory to pay for routine farm upkeep.

“Detroit” 148 YD $22

This yarn is fun, vibrant, and unique, much like the revitalization, renewal, and greening projects we’ve seen already in Detroit. Another 80% alpaca blend, using mostly fibers from Ebony (the gentlest one), and a blend of our other Suri gals.

To purchase yarn, and to see other available skeins, please email healingtreefarm@gmail.com to arrange a farm visit or other pick-up option.

Blue waters, my favorite kitty

imageNamed for the still blue waters of northern Michigan at dawn, and our farm cat, Watson, this skein is mostly a combination of Bree and Pecan (Suri alpaca) fibers, with one ply hand-dyed a light periwinkle. Soft and light, I picture this skein combined with our peaches-and-cream for a lovely baby blanket… Purchase today, knit through the summer, and have it ready for cooler autumn eves.

140Yd $25 Available for pick-up at farm  SOLD

Email healingtreefarm@gmail.com for more information about this, yarn, fiber-related inquiries, to talk about the weather, or to learn more about our upcoming fiber workshop on July 11th! Or visit our Etsy Shop to see more.

A View of One’s Own

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The view out of the camper is quite lovely, even in the rain. We move between home and the farm to help us better manage the farm and livestock.

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These are the new upcoming alpaca blends including Ebony, Bree, and Pecan’s fiber. The skein with the pink was created out of our ends, and includes some local Shetland fiber out of Petoskey, MI.

Skeins available for pick up at the farm for $28 ea. Contact healingtreefarm@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up. Be well!

Fiber for Sale!

imageWe’re spinning out some lovely shades of gray and delicious pink this spring. While the pink is entirely local Shetland, these handsome grays are a blend of our own Suri alpaca and Shetland. 100% Hand-spun, local, and lovely luster.

$28/skein or partial barter, discount on multi-skein purchases. Available for pick-up at the DeYoung farmhouse off Cherry Bend Road. Contact healingtreefarm@gmail.com to purchase.

Thank you kindly for your continued support! 

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Socks also available! These toddler socks are warm and comfy and come with fine farm memories. $30 per pair made from start to finish by the sheep and this farmer.

Shetland Cotton Candy

Introducing Shetland Cotton Candy, hand-spun, hand-dyed local Shetland yarnimage from the farm. The roving looked so much like cotton candy, well, let’s just say, I have a great idea for next April Fools Day.

It’s currently drying, but if you are looking for the perfect yarn for a baby hat or footies, this yarn is for you. Will be available tomorrow for sale. Email for details.

healingtreefarm@gmail.com