Marr Haven Wool Farm Shop, Allegan, Michigan

marhaven3Our featured place this week is Marr Haven Wool Farm Shop in Allegan, Michigan. Our interview is with the farm’s owner.

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Our shop is not the typical yarn shop, it is all about wool. The relaxed atmosphere is promoted with the couch and chairs placed so visitors may sit and knit, chat or view the peaceful countryside around us.

Our soft, natural yarns are from the merino rambouillet sheep raised here. An inventory of some items for knitters include knitting needles, patterns and books. We have an extensive supply of unspun wool and exotic fiber for spinners and felters in the processed form of roving, top and batts along with instruction patterns, books and kits. 

marhaven2Many fiber art items such as hand dyed yarns, scarves and hand felted wearables and home decor are available for those who prefer not to create their own.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the history of your shop? How did you get interested in knitting/crocheting? How did you come to open or own a yarn shop? Readers will love to hear your story – so tell it!

I taught myself to knit after our son was born, however a mother’s routine and then business career put that in the far recesses of my mind. Until we purchased a run down farm in the 80’s and became breeders of fine grade wool sheep. The feeling of soft, comforting wool on the animals woke the sleeping memory. I wanted yarn that felt as nice as the wool did on the sheep. Synthetics were the rule then so we had to find out how to have our own wool cleaned and spun into yarn so it was as nice as hand washed and hand spun yarn. The quantity required to have our wool kept separate made it imperative that we begin selling it. After years of traveling the USA showing Marr Haven yarn at fiber festivals, knitting seminars and Scottish Festivals, we added the shop to our home. Having the shop allowed me to develop my other love with wool, felting and dyeing. The shop provides display and sales of my hand felted hats, scarves, shawls and other items.

marhaven1Which yarns do you carry? Traditional yarns? Exotic or unusual yarns? Novelty yarns? Local farm yarns? Eco-friendly yarns? How large is your inventory?

We carry only the wool yarn of Marr Haven merino rambouillet sheep.

What, if any, classes do you offer at your shop? Do you offer any type of social gatherings for knitters and crocheters?

Classes for basic knitting and basic wet felting are available by request.

What trends do you see in knitting in general, and yarn choices in particular?

Knitters are more discernible in their choice of natural and sustainable yarns. They are younger in age than the previous generation and use knitting as a relaxation, stress reliever. I think they enjoy the process of knitting more and that will keep them knitting the rest of their lives to some extent.

Do you have a mail order business?

yes, we mail on a daily basis all over the US and Canada. Our website is http://www.marrhaven.com and has a secure shopping cart.

 

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