When I was thirteen years old, I told my mom that I wanted to knit a sweater, but first, we had to get some sheep. I didn't know how to knit, much less spin, but mom found a knitting teacher for me, and a couple years later, we bought our first three Icelandic sheep. We found a spinning wheel, and set out to learn to make our own yarn. Over the years since then, I have tried every fiber art I can, and become quite the prolific knitter. Our flock of Icelandic sheep has grown to around 40 sheep today, and both my mom and I enjoy spinning, weaving, and other fiber arts.
In 2011, I opened my yarn shop, Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle, in Stromsburg, Nebraska. I started with just an online presence and opened my brick and mortar store that fall. Since then, I have shipped yarn to every US state, and many foreign countries as well!
Since the early days of my yarn shop business, I have dreamed of opening my own wool mill. In 2017, I began the process to make that dream a reality. After years of planning, my dream coming true! My husband and I have purchased The Fiber Mill, formerly of Wellington, Colorado, and moved the equipment to our building here in Stromsburg.
My mill will have a threefold approach to business; first, I will continue my yarn shop, expanding inventory and class offerings. Secondly, I will do custom milling for sheep farmers around Nebraska and beyond, processing wool into yarn and roving for them to market themselves. Thirdly, I will purchase wool from local farmers, and develop my own line of Nebraska-made yarns to sell to yarn shops around the country.
Won't you come along with me on this exciting journey?