About Andi

I am: a home schooling mom to four hobbits. a wife to an artist. a lover of babies, playing in the dirt, and books with pages. a woman seeking relief from fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue through whole foods and simplified living. I am also the owner of Cricket Manor Wool, a family grown (literally) business. My wool comes from my family's small Icelandic herd who live on my in laws' farm, Cricket Manor. We also offer a small about of Shetland wool from the cutest sheep I have ever seen, Codswallop.

Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday

Now through December 1, we are offering a 10% discount on all your purchases. Simply use the coupon code SHOPSMALL when checking out. Thanks for shopping small and supporting our little shop!

the boys

Jeryls’ Twins!

Jeryls gave birth to twins again this year. This is her third set of twins on our farm. Her first babies,Daenarys and her brother, were both white.  Last year we welcomed the identical black rams, Jarl and Jorsin.

This year, she had a ram, J4 (aka Robbie Jr who looks exactly like his dad Robillard) and a ewe, (her mini-me), Maris. They were born nearly two weeks before Daenarys gave birth. The babies are so much fun to watch. They chase each other all around the pasture and climb and sit/stand on Jeryls and the other ewes.

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Meet Daenerys’ Little Ram, D1

The moms and babies were temporarily brought into the barn for check ups. So, I finally got an opportunity to see the babies up close. D1 (for now) is such a cute and curious little ram. He is the first spotted baby born on the farm which makes him extra special. Daenerys is a wonderfully protective and attentive mom, just like her mom Jerlys.

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Quick Question For Spinners

Do you pre-draft? Did you pre-draft when you began spinning? Should I avoid pre-draft and just learn to draft as I spin? I ask because my very first attempt with the drop spindle was SUPER fat. I didn’t know that I could/should divide my roving. My more recent and more successful attempts are generating very thin yarn. I did pre-draft but am wondering if maybe I divided the roving too much. And, I am thinking my fat-thin-fat issue is from over-drafting in areas.

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Any advice would be most appreciated! 🙂