About Me


barbaraparryI’m Barbara Parry – keeper of sheep, author, farmer,  fiber artisan.

I live at Springdelle Farm in western Massachusetts with Michael, my husband of 25+ years. Together we maintain our 220 acre working New England farm and care for our flock of Cormo (and Cormo cross-bred) sheep, llamas, goats and mini donkeys. We share our home with our Golden Retrievers, Zoe and Farley.

In 2001 we moved to Springdelle Farm with a very tiny flock of sheep and began building an even bigger fiber flock, selecting carefully for quality, fiber -producing breeding stock. I market our yarns – produced from the wool of our own flock  – under my yarn label: Foxfire Fiber & Designs and sell a limited number of yarn and fiber shares each year through our farm’s CSA, Sheep Shares.

You can read more about life on my farm in my book, Adventures in Yarn Farming (Roost Books, 2013). If you’re interested in hand-dyeing, you might enjoy my first book, Teach Yourself Visually: Hand-dyeing (Wiley Publishing, 2009).

I started blogging in 2007, mainly to keep my family and friends up to date during lambing season. I’ve enjoyed the company of followers who have discovered my blog and continued to read over the years. Thank you for reading. Although time constraints keep me from responding to individual posts, I always enjoy hearing from you.

If you’ve just discovered my blog, I hope you’ll subscribe to my feed and visit again.

*”G’day” is an abbreviation of “Good Day”, a traditional shepherd’s greeting. It’s the greeting we use to call our sheep in from the fields daily.