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Sand Hill Fiber

Shop Open Dates
May 11 & 12, 2019 Mother's Day Weekend
Shepherd's Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival
Lake Elmo MN-Washington County Fairgrounds

Nestled in a picturesque valley near Loganville is where Sandhill Fiber Farm began.   You were greeted by the family dog, Leo, who loves visitors and the pastures were dotted with the animals that supply the raw wool for the industry. 

The llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and rabbits that run free  on the beautiful hilly wooded acreage are pleasant to watch.  The animals were bred, birthed and raised with loving care.  Their fleeces are sheared, washed, dyed, and processed by machines on location and at Mystic Waters Fiber Mill. All steps from raw wool to finished goods have Brenda’s special techniques and imagination imbibed in them.

Brenda enjoys weaving rugs and scarves which can be purchased.  Brenda has chosen an industry that has been a source of income and tradition in her family for generations.  Her German ancestor genes have aided her in this business.

Author Kenneth Kraemer writes “The ancestors of the Kraemers of Plain, Wisconsin  were weavers from at least 1649 to 1866. The chain was broken when Paul Kraemer emigrated from Irlach, Bavaria to Wisconsin and became a full time farmer. Now weaving has been picked up again by modern Kraemers – Brenda Kraemer and her daughter Alexandria Tobey of Sand Hill Fiber.” Please check out the Kraemers

Brenda also owns an antique circular sock knitting machine that began it use during World War I as a cottage industry to supply socks for the soldiers.  A program for ownership of the machines after fulfilling the government quota gave women the opportunity to earn money for themselves while helping the war effort and was very beneficial in a desperately poor economy.  The socks are knitted in all sized and beautiful colors.  They are warm and long wearing with no toe seams which makes them extremely comfortable to wear.

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