Idaho Fiber Mill Knitting Life

The beginning: An Idaho fiber mill

September 6, 2014
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I’ve been waiting to spill the beans on this for awhile now. As anyone who’s purchased property before knows, it’s a long and winding process, one that can end in amazement or disappointment. I’m actually still in shock this is really happening. This past week we signed closing papers on a 40 acre property in North Idaho, complete with a charming old cabin, several old outbuildings and an enormous amount of potential. This is the very first post in what I hope becomes a regular account of the going ons of Meadow’s End Ranch and our family’s journey to get there. This is about our future and our dream. Our dream of building a thriving, sustainable homestead and fiber mill. I am so excited and encouraged by this community and hope you’ll follow and even join our adventure, getting to know us better. Just as they say it takes a village with children, it takes a village to start a fiber mill. You are our village. ๐Ÿ™‚


We currently love and live in San Francisco. We moved here a year ago from Seattle, for an incredible career opportunity. Our plan is to live and grow here in SF as we map out and save for our future and all the work that entails. As we are quickly finding out, there’s a lot. Planning, building, sourcing, financing, networking, learning, learning, learning. This is an exciting yet arduous process, one that will take quite some time to do right, with plenty of mistakes I’m sure. We’ve made the first big step in making this real, now for the next 274,848 steps.

If you’re a part of the fiber community, I’d love to get to know you! Shoot me an email or leave a comment here.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Hilary September 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    It looks amazing! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Hilary! I hope you’ll come visit since we’ll be practically PNW neighbors ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Amy September 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    How exciting for you and your family! I’m anxious to hear about the progress as it unfolds.

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Amy! I can’t wait to share more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kate Sheets September 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Ashley, I’m looking forward to hearing about this continued journey you’re on! How much longer will you be in the city? I live in downtown San Jose. I love the Bay Area, but also picture myself on a farm. Best of luck to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks so much for listening! We will be here for a couple years as we build things up in Idaho. We should get together and knit someday!

      • Reply Kate Sheets October 9, 2014 at 6:54 am

        Yes, let’s knit! I’d love to meet you. I’ll be taking Caltrain up there to visit my sisters the weekend of the 18th. If you’re around, let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Felicia Semple September 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Just found your blog while wandering the internet on a cozy Sunday night. Congratulations! This sounds amazing!

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Oh thank you! Can’t wait to talk to you soon on the podcast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mika September 24, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Just lovely. Congratulations, and good luck with the transition! I just found your blog via Fringe Association and will definitely follow your journey. I’m a wanna be homesteader too! We’re in southern BC, and bought 10 acres with nothing on it but trees. Built a sustainable, healthy home and are working up to chickens and alpacas (?). I have a dream too of homesteading and producing wool. We have no firsthand experience with either, so we’re reading a lot and learning as we go. Can’t wait to see what you do with that beautiful farm!

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you! I love your story and dream already! We are learning the same way, as we go accompanied by much reading. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have a blog? I’d love to keep in touch and follow along on your journey!

  • Reply Jennifer King September 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’m newish to your blog and somehow missed this amazing event. I’m super excited to read your news on Karen’s blog today and wanted to wish you the very best in your wooly adventures!

    • Reply Ashley October 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you so much for your encouragement as well!

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