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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Kiparoo Farm

Don't you hate it ... when you discover a vendor you patronize ... a vendor with a charming name for their business ... a name that triggers memories of an idyllic setting ... a name that in your mind's eye you want to visit to just get away ... don't you hate it when you find out that this vendor is not anything like the name they have picked???

Well ...
that is most definitely not the case with Kiparoo Farm. 

Kiparoo Farm is even better than my mind's eye imagined.  My sister and I made the trip to visit Kiparoo Farm this past weekend.  This is an actual working farm where sheep graze and cows are milked.  And it is only about one hour from my house.

Kiparoo Farm
Annie Kelley
3511 Bussard Road
Middletown, MD 21769

I have been a yearly visitor to their fair stand at The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  I own a lovely selection of their yarns.

This wonderful farm is located in rural Maryland. 

The farm house serves as the home and studio for Annie Kelley who is the owner of the Kiparoo Farm yarn brand.  The yarn is from her sheep.  She freely talks about her life as a farmer - and as a milker of cows.  And her enthusiasm for her life and craft is infectious!

This farm dates back to the 1700s and she says there is actually one very dilapidated building on the grounds from that time.  The farm house was built in the 1800s.

 She is surrounded by beautiful rolling farm country.

The first floor of the house has 3 rooms that serve as her studio.  

But through all the windows, glimpses of the farm can be seen.  

Of course, for knitters like my sister and I, the yarn is the star of the show.  
One of my favorites is her Silk Road - 50% Marino Wool, 50% Silk.
  There is little that compares to the feel of this yarn.

The colors of this yarn were so much better in person!
Darn camera!

It goes without saying that I bought some yummy yarn.
  A wonderful cotton called Celtic Cotton now has a new home with me.
  The moment I saw it I knew that some of this great stuff was going to be mine.

This cotton is machine wash and dry.  It is spun around a central core that prevents the cotton from sagging - something that cotton is prone to  do.

All of her yarns have pattern support - and samples of the patterns are on display in the studio.
The basic patterns are well written and attractively presented.

 The farm even has a mission statement ...

Amazingly, I did not get any pictures of the sheep or the cows!  Go figure!  But I know I will be making this trip again and will correct that omission.  It would be a wonderful day trip when my cousins come to visit.

Thank you Annie Kelley for your gracious assistance - spending much precious time away from your farm duties with my sister and I.  Our visit was memorable.


  1. Loved this post! The Celtic Cotton . . . oh my, love it!
    Nothing like TRUTH is there . . .

  2. A beautiful farm with great yarn! I would love to visit there! (But I just checked Mapquest: 3 1/2 hours is a bit too far for a day trip :-()

  3. The cotton looks lovely. Next time, try to get a photo of that original building.

  4. Sounds like you both had a great visit there - Please put it on the list for our next visit (and when I that???). I think I NEED some of that cotton!


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