A Swarm in May is worth a Load of Hay

The bees are swarming …making new hives. We are busy capturing swarms.  Soon it will be time to rob the beehives and taste the new season of honey. The title this month comes from an old rhyme.20160510_082002 (1)

Our sheep are returning to the normal mode after the lambing season. Lambs are learning to be big now that their mothers are gone back to the flock. It is a busy time on the farm. Cleaning barns, mowing fields and planting the garden are added to the normal routine. There is a season for everything.

The chicks we hatched in November are finally grown and have begun laying eggs.  It seems a long time since we have had our own eggs.

The Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on May 20, 2017 from 10-3 at the Red Barn Studio on Heelside Farms. We are excited to have you visit the farm, rest awhile and enjoy the company of other fiber minded people. See you then.

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April … a breath of Spring

Spring seems finally here with apple blossoms, violets, lilacs  and lambs.

We are excited that the lambing season is here. It is the busiest season as well.

The April Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held in the Red Barn Studio on April 15th from 10-3. We look forward to visiting with everyone and seeing your newest projects.

If you learned to spin at Carolina FiberFest and would like to join us you are welcome. Sometimes a refresher is a good thing.lamb 1

In May we will be offering classes in dyeing as well as designing custom batts.  Watch for the new schedule.

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Carolina FiberFest Fiber Extravaganza

Join us this Friday and Saturday at the premier fiber event in North Carolina. We will be immersing ourselves in the total fiber experience for a frolicking good time!  Join us as we showcase our wool from our sheep in booth 16 with a variety of yarns, roving, top, blankets, felting fiber, and custom batts.  It is exciting to join with the fiber community as we all come together to share our passion for fiber creations in many forms. It is a feast for the eyes and a salve for the soul. You are welcome to bring your projects and enjoy the sit and spin area ( knitting, crocheting, tatting, bobbin lace and other fiber creating encouraged as well). Oh Oh Oh…. such bliss!


Carolina FiberFest will be held this Friday and Saturday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in the Kerr Scott Building at the Blue Ridge Rd. entrance. Parking is next door. There is a food vendor in the building for convenience.  Fiber demonstrations will be ongoing as we all share our passion for fiber! Check the website for the speakers schedule and classes being offered.  The event is free and open from 10-7 on Friday and 9-6 on Saturday. Plenty of time to immerse yourself in the fun.  Our transition to the new building with plenty of room has been a blast.  See you there!


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March Fiber Madness ( forget the basketball – oh my)

Heelside Farms has  a feast of fiber for all levels of fiber enthusiasts.  Icelandic, Cormo, Finn, and Border Leicester fiber are represented  in our yarn, roving, felting fiber, and blankets.  Our latest dream fiber has returned from processing.  More gorgeous top and roving from our sheep both dyed and natural colored is available for purchase.

Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be March 18th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio on our farm. We look forward to seeing you there!

20161019_112615Carolina FiberFest will burst upon the fiber scene March 24 and 25.  The website has all of the up to date information. Register for classes, check out the skein and garment competition, read about all of the activities happening soon at the Kerr Scott building at the NC State Fairgrounds. www.carolinafiberfest.org.  See you there!

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Spring is here?

Is is February on the calendar but the weather has been very springlike!

Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be Saturday February 18th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio at  Heelside Farms. 20170209_071000

Our first Lamb for this year was born last night. His mother, Blue, is a first time mom and is doing a wonderful job. Her ram lamb was born during the night (stormy of course). She put him in a corner hayrack which goes to the floor. He was safe and warm in the hay there and out of the wind. She was standing guard when I came down at 6 to do a lamb check.  They were moved very carefully to a lambing stall for safety. Mother is resting and the lamb is asleep. He is already named Chad!  His father is a Cormo ram named Georgio.  Cormos have very fine wool and calm temperaments.

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New Pics

Catching up on pictures of classes and customer projects.

Her first vest

Her first vest

Hand spun, Hand knit sweater

Hand spun, Hand knit sweater

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Classes and Spin Ins!

20161117_081550_001Class Schedule

November 29, 2016    Dye class with Carolyn Beasley

December 10, 2016   Needle Felting class with Alesia Moore

January  28,2016   Spinning off the Point class -Woolen Spinning with Jane Bynum

See class page for more info.

Next Spin In   December 17, 2016

The holidays are upon us but we have had lots of requests for classes.

The December Saturdays run into Christmas eve and New Year’s eve so we are limited there.  As always we will open the Red Barn Studio at your convenience for shopping or for a field trip. Let us know when you would like to come.

BRRR  It is wool weather! Promote wool for a clean, renewable resource.  Our sheep receive their haircuts once a year.  Our beautiful  products are from our sheep!  Whether knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning or sleeping under our products you are touching our sheep. Quality fibers grown locally and processed in America. Would you like to shop locally this Saturday from 10-1? We will be here!

Blankets … Our blankets are 100% wool, undyed, and machine washable ( on a gentle cycle). They need to be hung ( on a line or a shower curtain) or laid flat to dry.

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November Fiber Plans

Our November Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held in the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farms on November 19th from 10-3. We will be enjoying the cooler (wooly) weather  and the company of fibery friends. Please join us for the fun and fellowship. See you then!

We are setting up new classes and will post them this week.

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October Fiber Fun

Our October Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio on Saturday the 15th from 10-3. Hoping the lovely weather holds for that day. Join us for a fibery good time.

The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair will be held the last weekend in October in Fletcher, N.C. at the Western North Carolina Fairgrounds near Asheville. It is a wonderful fiber event. We will be part of it again this year.  Visit us at booth 439 and 441 in Davis Arena. Our newest yarns and rovings will be there for your shopping pleasure. There will be  show specials each day! We look forward to seeing you there. The saff website is www.saffsite.org for more information on the event.

Our sock yarns have arrived from Stonehedge Fiber Mill ( which processes much of our yarn for us) and we will begin dyeing this week. Here is a picture of them in their natural state. The white yarn is Cormo wool with 20% nylon and the gray is Cormo/Finn wool with 20% mohair. Both feel divine! 250 yards per skein. 

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September events

Our Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held this saturday  September 17th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio. We would love to have you join us for our first Fall event.  Bring your projects or just come visit and join us for a relaxing day.

On September 25th we will again be at Rising Meadow Farm in Liberty, N.C.. It is a fun Craft day with a variety of vendors. their website is  www.risingmeadowfarm.com. We will be premiering our newest fiber creations.  See you there.

Here are samples of our newest Fiber creations. This year we have top as well as roving for your enjoyment.  Boudicca is a Celtic red all wool roving.  Nebula is an ethereal blend of colors in 100% wool. Both are a joy to spin.

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