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Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

[Anais Nin]

I never met Susan Briggs but she made a difference in my life as surely as any close friend. She was the owner and shepherd of Tongue River Farm—home of Susan’s beloved Icelandic sheep. A number of years ago, Susan emailed and asked me if I’d design a sock pattern using her Icelandic sock-weight yarn. I agreed and she sent me a skein of brown and a skein of cream color. One design turned into six and I gathered the patterns in a little pattern book, The Tongue River Farm Sock Collection. When my daughter learned to spin, she ordered roving from Susan—it has been a favorite fiber of hers.

When I emailed Susan about the new correction (listed in the next post), her daughter wrote me back to say that Susan died July 15, 2008 at her home in Missouri. I’m writing this post to honor her memory, and to help her family by letting folks know where they can order Susan’s remaining inventory of yarn, roving, fleeces, books, etc.

Dennis and Marilyn Miles of Bloomin’ Acres Farm are marketing Susan’s items. They have a website at this LINK, and they can also be reached by email at this LINK. Their phone in Lincoln, Arkansas is 479-848-3060.

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