I’m Finally on Etsy! Hello LifeofYarn!

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Five Sisters Farm has a shop link on this site (which really needs updating) but in an effort to tap into the Etsy handmade market, I have launched an Etsy shop. Honestly, the Etsy site is pretty easy to use. Yes, I know there was controversy when the company went public and people criticized that the small handmade producer would be lost in the mass, but I really just need a place to sell handspun yarn.

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Since Five Sisters Farm is an entity on its own with other future products of lamb and other farm things, I decided to go with another name separate from the blog or farm name. By the way the RV doesn’t have a name yet according to me, my kids named her Bertha. Really.

How do you Name Your Business?

Do you know it is quite difficult to come up with a name? Brainstorming sessions, collaborative discussions with husband, daughters, I even read articles on best way to name an online business, etc., etc. . .

Life of Yarn is born! The name came about after much thinking, procrastinating, scribbling on odd bits of paper and notebooks and so forth as writers do … I was thinking about my passion with Fiber being a “Sheep to Project” life cycle type of thing, and  I went with Life of Yarn. Also the way fiber has taken up most of my spare time, time I used to spend writing and reading, so yes, my life is all about yarn.

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Yarn Life Cycle

All yarn is first born as simple fluff growing on the back of an animal or even grown in a field. (Eventual post coming about the tiny flax plot growing in my yard!!)

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Then said fluff or fiber is harvested through shearing, plucking, picking, and so forth.

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Processing can lead to various end products; roving for the hand spinner or felter; yarn for the knitter, weaver, and crocheter; wool locks, batts, and bits for other artists.

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If you manage to make this fiber into a finished product, the possibilities are virtually endless! Some people even take old knitted sweaters unravel the yarn and make into another item, recycling at its best!

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At every step there are opportunities for creativity, collaboration (if that’s your thing), meditation and enjoyment.

I love every step of the process, spinning is my favorite but raising sheep, washing, carding, and knitting are all things I do. I also take time to teach others how to spin and knit, because there are so many people out there who want to learn how to make things by hand. I really do love teaching people, I’m all about enabling future fiber addicts.

Anyway, I certainly stay out of trouble except when I look at my husband and say “Someone has some sheep for sale . . .” More on that story later. 😉

A lot of upcoming events this fall, maybe I will see you somewhere in Maine!

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