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)...
and a couple of alpacas...
and a couple of donkeys.
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!
And Chicoutimi, who was lured over by a treat of oats.
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 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.
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!