Split Rock Ranch – In the heart of the Colorado Rockies – Where fiber is our passion and it shows!
I am a full time rancher and fiber artist. I am a knitter, crocheter, weaver and dyer.
Lots of solid color merino, natural combed wool tops, custom blends, and now merino pre-felt sheets available!
We bought our first llamas in November 1996 and then moved to Split Rock Ranch in May 1997. I started working with the llama fiber and was immediately hooked! I have always been allergic to or sensitive to wool products but discovered it wasn’t the wool, it was the chemicals used to process it. I started delving into other natural fibers, including wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca, angora rabbit, camel, yak, silk, etc. I started out dyeing small batches of fiber using Kool-Aid and quickly graduated to using professional acid dyes and started dyeing roving, top, loose locks and yarns. I bought my first spinning wheel used in late 1999 and watched a couple of other people spin but was mostly self taught. Once things finally “clicked” for me, I was obsessed with spinning everything I could get my hands on, including dog fur! Then I bought an Ashford drum carder and started playing with blending different fibers together to take advantage of the different properties of each fiber – the final results being far more than the sum of its parts. I recently invested in an electric drum carder so I could create more batts faster without stressing my arms and shoulders in the process. I love to “paint” fibers on to the drum carder to create textural and colorful fiber art. It all came together and became a fiber obsession that I am very passionate about. I felt like I finally found my niche where I felt like I would never “work” another day in my life because I love what I do so much. I quit my “real” job in June 2008 to work our ranch and my fiber business full time. I have recently acquired a used floor loom and a couple of table looms and look forward to weaving.
I ship via USPS first class parcel up to 16 oz and everything over 16 oz is shipped via Priority Mail.
It is a 25 mile round trip to our post office and our county post offices do not offer pick up services. So, to maximize trips, I ship every few days when I have several packages to ship.
While I normally try to ship orders out in one or two business days, it may take three to five business days depending on weather and the size of your order. We are a working ranch and sometimes things happen that are out of my control and the animals need to come first in an emergency.
Refunds are available if merchandise is defective. Message me with the problem and I will give you instructions on what to do. Requests for a refund must be made within 7 days of receipt of the item. Returned items must be in the same condition they were when you received them.
I occasionally accept custom order requests. Send me a message if there is something you’d like discuss regarding custom work.