A visit to Spinnakee’s Fiber Farm in Augusta, Maine will leave you inspired! As owner and shepherdess she has been involved in fiber and raising fiber animals for twenty-two plus years. Her barnyard is home to several varieties of fiber producing animals, 11 German Angora Rabbits and 23 sweet little Olde English “Babydoll” sheep. She is also developing a “Babydoll”/Romney breed for longer, finer fiber using the old fashioned short legged Romneys, but will only use her registered Olde English "Babydoll" rams as she wants to keep her "Babydoll" line pure!
Betty started getting serious about selling her beautiful fiber and fiber creations at Maine Shows about 10 years ago. Betty's yarns and fiber products are sold at Common Ground Fair, Cumberland Arts and Crafts Fair, and other select craft shows in Maine (see her events calender).
Along with spinning, knitting, needle felting and Australian locker hooking, Betty enjoys rug hooking and she comes rightfully by her talents. She discovered a few years ago that her grandmother, Laura Slade, from St. Anthony, Newfoundland hooked rugs for the Grenfell Mission, who helped start cottage industries to help feed local families. Betty’s mother, Margaret, learned to knit from her grandmother and knits up many items for Betty out of Betty's yarn Stash. Betty's daughter, Jessie, also loves to create knit items she creates herself. We have our own cottage industry here in Maine
Projects: Homespun yarn using 6" long pieces of roving and inserting German Angora between each piece. She likes to dye up a batch or 2 of German Angora & spin it in.
Newest yarn was spun by Bartlett Yarn in Harmony, Maine. They made her more Worsted Weight and the newest is Super Bulky made out of her Olde English "Babydoll" Southdown wool, Alpaca (from a friend) and her German Angora rabbits
Spinnakees’ Fiber Farm is small and workable for Betty and her husband, Bill, who continue to improve their farm by adding pastures, fences, enlarging their rams pens along with daily maintenance with her animals and barn. It is a lot of work, but so rewarding. When you see a lamb born and both ewe and lamb are okay it melts your heart, and makes everything okay. When someone wants to buy an item you have made, it is so rewarding. Betty enjoys everything she does and not many people can say "I raised the animals that made this item!". Betty Stover, Fiber Artist.