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Rockin' Stockins Farm Visit

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Rockin' Stockins Farm Visit

Kalea

For the last year or so, we’ve been meeting Suzanne Perras to do yarn deals in the Capilano Mall parking lot. She hands us bags of her Rockin’ Stockins Shetland yarn, and we write a cheque on the back of Anna’s car. But when we placed our most recent order, we decided it was finally time to meet the sheep. So Alliston and I jumped in the van and spent a sunny fall afternoon driving out to Suzanne’s farm near Tofield.

 

Suzanne and her husband moved to the farm 5 years ago to expand the pasture for their growing little flock of Shetland sheep, and a couple of Blue Faced Leicesters (BFL)...

See the sheep in the back who's a head taller than the others? That's Mocha the BFL

See the sheep in the back who's a head taller than the others? That's Mocha the BFL

 

and a couple of alpacas...

Flag (standing) and Fonzi (sitting). Fonzi is a real pig when it comes to oats!

Flag (standing) and Fonzi (sitting). Fonzi is a real pig when it comes to oats!

 

and a couple of donkeys.

Rusty (left) and Cherie (right)

Rusty (left) and Cherie (right)

 

Most of the sheep were camera shy...

 

except for Lelaine, who was bottle-fed as a baby and loves hanging out with the humans. He even enjoys pets and a nice scratch behind the ears!

Lelaine

Lelaine

 

And Chicoutimi, who was lured over by a treat of oats.

Chicoutimi

Chicoutimi

 

After our tour of the farm, Sue took us inside and showed off some of the beautiful garments she’s been making out of her yarn. This shawl was my favourite.

Sue's hand knit shawl in Rockin' Stockins 100% Shetland 2-ply

Sue's hand knit shawl in Rockin' Stockins 100% Shetland 2-ply

 

Sue has her fibre processed into yarn at the Custom Woolen Mills in Carstairs, AB, and we came home with a variety of natural colours to sell in the shop. We have 100% Shetland 2-ply in cream, light grey, light brown, medium brown, and black. As well as a limited number of 3-ply skeins in black (great for our Nordic Slippers pattern!), and a luxurious 2-ply Shetland/Alpaca blend.

Skeins of Rockin' Stockins yarn in the shop, ready to go home with you!

Skeins of Rockin' Stockins yarn in the shop, ready to go home with you!

 

We also brought home some surprise alpaca fleeces that we’ll be processing into batts to sell in the shop, stay tuned for that adventure!

Alpaca fleece ready for processing at the Made Local House.

Alpaca fleece ready for processing at the Made Local House.