I spent a few moments this week getting to know Lorraine of hedgapple farm and fiber studio. Please let me introduce you.
How did hedgeapple farm come to be?
hedgeapple farm came to be when I wanted to raise grass fed lamb for my family and friends. Eventually we had enough lamb to sell at the Des Moines Farmer Market. Last year, hedgeapple fiber studio was born to separate the lamb from the fiber part of the business.
Is yours a family business?
We are a family run business, we all pitch in to help from my teenage boys helping with feeding and harvesting hay, to my husband who tags and gives the shots, to the young girls who help with making our dryer balls and packaging orders.
How do combine your work and your family life?
Combining my work and family life is always a struggle. We also homeschool and I work part time at our local library. As long as I keep my priorities straight-- God, family, work-- then everything works out. I do have to keep reminding myself of that, especially lately. Lambing season is here and will end sometime in late April.
What inspires you?
I enjoy making one of kind yarns or felted items from the wool of our own or locally raised sheep. Nothing goes to waste here and I enjoy supporting local farms at the same time. Also I get to use the creative side of me.
What's the product you are most excited about in your shop right now?
Right now my favorite item in my shops are my needle felted sheep. I can't keep them in stock!
Lorraine has graciously offered to give away one set of felted dryer balls OR a felted sheep.
Dryer balls are super cool. Natural colored dryer balls are made from the wool of the sheep raised at Hedgeapple Farm. The dryer balls weigh approx. 2 ounces and are solid wool that have been washed and dried twice, using a natural detergent, to create a sold wool ball. Wool dryer balls eliminate the need for dryer sheets and they last for years! They also reduce the drying time by up to 20% and reduce static cling. Lorraine recommends using 3 dryer balls and up to 9 for very large or heavy dryer loads like towels and jeans. The giveaway is for a package of 3 dryer balls
And the felted sheep? Well, pretty much too cute for words.
Visit hedgeapple fiber studio and poke around a bit. Tell us what you saw there. Comments will be entered to win and the winner will be announced here next Saturday.
The winner is
So much beautiful yarn...makes me want to learn how to knit! I'm intrigued by those dryer balls. I stopped using dryer sheets because I couldn't stand the overpowering smell.