We are Packed and Ready to Go

by DawnAurora on 8:22 AM

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We are so excited to attend Raggs Fiber Affairs and market this weekend, April 29, at the Delmont Firehall in Delmont, PA.

This is our first time there and we are already met with warm greetings.  Toni Ritchey from Raggz fiber recommended us to a reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune.  An interview was made on the spot.  It was great!

This is what Deborah Weisburg wrote about us.

Dawn Shaffer of Spring Mills, near State College, will sell yarn from the 17 sheep she raises on her family’s Lazy O Ranch, as well as hand-turned yarn bowls and drop spindles crafted by her husband, Larry, and crocheted and felted items her daughters make.

Shaffer’s sheep are Coopworths, which yield a medium-grade fleece in a range of colors from black to white and variations of gray.

“The natural colors are gorgeous, but I dye some of my wool, too, because people like a lot of choices,” says Shaffer, who claims there is a big difference between buying wool sold in big box stores and that from small farms such as hers.

I encourage you to read the rest here.

It’s an amazing article about the artists whose passion for wool and fiber starts from the ground up.

I am very honored to take part in this festival. If you are close to the Delmont, PA area, look us up.  We will be their with our Coopworth yarn straight from our flock, hand painted yarns, hand turned wooden yarn bowls, drop spindles and so much more.

Hope to see you there,



I am drawn to bold, big color. Color makes me very happy. It moves me to action, relaxation, motivation, creativity and the list goes on. It has played a big role in my life since I was in elementary school. My grandma gave me a scrap book that I filled with posters, newpaper articles, cards and of course paint chips. The paint chips took up a majority of those pages. (FYI- I still collect paint chips today and browse through them frequently.)

Does choosing the right color for your dye, knit or crochet project leave you overwhelmed?

Here are some things that you should not do when choosing color.
1. Fear color
2. Over think your color choices
3. Feel that it is too much hassle
4. Leave it to someone else to choose for you
5. Walk away

Yes, choosing the right color for you can be quite overwhelming.  You want to get the perfect color for that beautiful project.  But somewhere there is a perfect color for you.  One that hits you like a ton of bricks and it would kill you to leave it sitting on the shelf at your LYS.  =)  You know what I am talking about.

Have you ever thought of what you could do to choose that perfect color?

Here are some tips to help you on your way.

  1. Don’t fear color.  What I mean by that is don’t stick with your simple black and white.  It’s okay if that is where you are comfortable, but next time try adding another color with that.  Use your black and white as a base color and start trying others out.
  2. Don’t over think your color choices.  If you didn’t like the color in the first place, chances are you are not attracted to it.  It does help to have a partner in yarn stash crime to help you in deciding.  Trust your initial gut answer.  You already know what colors you enjoy and what you don’t.
  3. Don’t feel that it’s too much hassle. Choosing the right color can be quite a scary experience. What do you do when you invested all that time into that project and you don’t like the color?   What you can do is clip pictures of magazines that inspire you. You can also use pinterest and fiber books to gain ideas.  What colors are you drawn to when you go cloths shopping?  What colors have your friends complimented you on?When choosing color, choose what speaks to you.  There are colors that attract you and no one else.  They are unique to your personality.
  4. There are times where you feel like throwing your hands up in the air and walking away.  There is nothing wrong with taking a break to clear your head, but then come back to it.  At times you are attracted to colors that follow the seasons.  What season are you in at the moment.  Is it fall where you love the yellows, oranges and reds or is the season spring where the colors lean toward pastels and bright ones.

Choosing the right color is so important.  Color helps create emotion, pleases the eyes, quietly speaks.  Look around you.  You are surrounded by color all the time.

*** If you are in the Central, Pennsylvania area, sign up now and join me for a 2 hour, fun filled dye class.  You will learn about fiber, our Coopworth sheep, choosing color and how to dye sock yarn.  ****

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”



This quote embodies all DIY-ers.  Beauty is seen in the things you touch and create.  We all have it within us to create something out of nothing whether it be with words, wires, food, fiber and wood.  Our creativity speaks for us using a silent language.

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New Lambing Season

by DawnAurora on 5:56 AM

in Blog, Our Coopworth Sheep


February is the month we start making preparations for the arrival of our precious lambs in March.  Exciting times are upon us.  It’s the sheep version of harvesting.  We love seeing all the color variations of the Coopworth sheep.  Who can resist white, black, dark and light greys, oatmeal and natural.

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The Eleanor Messy Bun Hat

by DawnAurora on 7:02 AM

in Blog, Knitting Projects



Full of texture and color, this messy bun hat is an eye catcher. It’s definitely a huge hit amongst my daughters and close friends.


My oldest daughter is heading for college this semester and she had to have one of these hats for school.  She is  braving the weather on the eastern side of Pennsylvania.

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It is a beautiful snowy morning here on the mountain.

The horses are chasing each other around  the mountainside. My youngest son is making snow angels in the yard, and my daughter is playing ball with our dog, Nellie, who is leaping through the snow trying to find it.
My life is at it’s most perfect state.

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Our Herd is Multiplying

The days between January and March are our most joyful and sometimes heart wrenching months. Our ewes are due with their precious lambs. The last weeks are the most critical and demanding on our Coopworth ewes.

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Episode #3 Why Early Shearing Improves Our Ewes and Wool

January 28, 2015

Episode #3 Why Early Shearing Improves our Ewes and Wool Welcome to our sheep barn.  We raise Coopworth sheep for both meat and wool. We learn something new each year. This year we have decided to shear them early.  It took some research and asking around before I chose to shear in the middle of […]

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Make Your Own Homemade Apple Pie Filling

November 7, 2014

Make Your Own Homemade Apple Pie Filling   I absolutely love this recipe I am about to share with you.  Besides making a mouthwatering apple pie filling, we are creating many family memories. It’s such a delight to work with my family through the whole process. I suggest to gather 2+ people in your family […]

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Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay & Yarn

October 15, 2014

Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay and Yarn One of my most favorite places to relax in is my barn.  Nothing beats the sounds of the sheep and chickens and the antics that they do. Let me share with you a project that I am working on and a project that I have processing in my […]

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