KnoxFarmFiber began in 2001 as a cooperative effort to promote the presence of fiber animals–sheep, llamas and Angora goats– who lived at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora NY. Various volunteers–children, families, park workers, spinners, knitters, weavers–have supported activities such as sheep shearing, fiber processing, fiber classes, natural dyeing classes using Park plant materials, an on-site Gift Shop, spinning demonstrations, and–since 2005–an annual regional Fiber Festival. All proceeds were shared with the animal care fund.
Then in December of 2010 the Park closed for budgetary and other reasons. The animals were adopted into private farms.
KnoxFarmFiber is now owned by me–Judith Bunn–a yarn-maker. I still have several seasons of fiber from the Park animals to spin and dye. I also spin the wool from sheep with names who live locally or further whose care is loving and whose fiber is organic. I hope you enjoy working with this yarn.
Hand-spun / hand-dyed yarn from the fiber animals at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, New York and other sheep with names.
What is organic yarn anyway? If it means the sheep are well-fed, well-cared-for, have lots of pesticide-free pasture, are protected against predators, in good health with lots of friends—-and then their wool is cleaned with eco-detergent, dried in the fresh air, carded the old fashioned way and dyed by hand with low-impact environmentally friendly dyes, spun by hand, and labeled with a photo of the sheep who donated it…..if that’s organic yarn, then this is the place to buy some.