Check us out at the local Farmer’s Market

We began selling last Saturday at the local market in Grass Valley and what a great opening day it was for the market!  The market is located at the historic North Star house in Grass Valley, located at 12075 Auburn Road, from 8 AM to 12:30.  This historic mansion served as the superintendent’s house for the North Star Mine, a historic mine that’s been closed since the end of World War II.  The market features many local growers, as well as artists such as ourselves.


As you can see from the picture above, Barbara demonstrated spinning to the public, as well as a preview of our Sierra Wools California yarns.  Barbara has been dyeing many of  the new rovings and yarns, and has some wonderful colors to choose from, in addition to several natural colored wool yarns and rovings.

This Saturday’s market, April 22nd, we will feature a demonstration of our Swing Arm Wool Picker, which has been a successful new product we sell on Etsy.  We will also feature some other new products, such as Barbara’s homemade lanolin-rich soaps, an unscented sheep design in addition to her Gardeners’ Lavender Bar.  We have another new member of our wooly bear family, this one is named “Cocoa Bear”.

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This Saturday being Earth Day, we are celebrating by offering 2 market-only specials. First, all of our wooly bear family, Dexter, Baxter, Lulu and Cocoa, which are handmade by Barbara from re-purposed  wool clothing and will be for a special price of 20% off.


Second, Mark has a special on his Adirondack chairs made from recycled wine barrels; regularly $299 each, at 2 for $500.  They are stained red oak color and varnished for protection.  This really brings out the rich colors of the french oak used in the wine barrels. They are comfortable as well as sturdy and a beautiful addition to your garden or backyard.

Happy Fiber Trails and hope to see you at the market!


A Skein Winder Made from Recycled Wine Barrels?

It’s wool processing time again, and as I began to put skeins of yarn and roving together realized I had a problem.  My traditional skein winders are not sized to measure yards of material easily.  And too small to create longer skeins, which I prefer.  So I put my husband to work on it, and he designed a winder that meets my needs; providing 2 yards per revolution of the wheel and perfect for my needs.  Shown below is a video we made of how to use this skein winder:

Winding your yarn or roving into skeins is a snap with my new winder, which sells on our website and comes in table top or floor models.  And happy skeining!