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.
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.
Marilyn Miles at Blooming Acres Farms could tell you about the sheep. Here is her website address: http://www.bloominacresfarm.com
Does anyone know who purchased Susan’s rams Neptune and Superman? I’d like to keep track of them and their offspring for the future.
Please email me personally and i will tell you who got to those two rams.
pam gevecker said:
Does anyone know if this Susan had 5 children, 4 girls and a boy? I went to high school in Missouri with Susan Slaton, who married a Mike Briggs. I have been searching for her for a while.
M E Jackson said:
Ellen is right: Marilyn Miles at Bloomin’ Acres will be selling the last of Susan’s Tongue River Farms yarns and roving, etc. Marilyn is updating her website now — but it will take a little bit more time.
I am sure Marilyn would be happy to talk with any of you, so perhaps you could send her a note or give her a call?
It is so hard to believe Susan is gone. She was a very special person.
Eight Pond Farm
Hi there Mom…
Just went to the site… As Marianne mentioned above, they are not showing any stock… I am thinking that it is going to take a bit of time for the other site to have a grasp on how much, what to charge, and so on for Susan’s stock… It is really sad that Susan is gone… I spoke to her on the phone a few times and she was always a lovely person… I would say to just be patient and it will settle… I have some handspun on my website that I spun out of her roving and also a shawl that I spin and knit… The pattern used for the shawl is the Spiral Shawl from The Gathering of Lace book by Meg Swanson…
I met Susan in 2006 at a fiber fair. I talked to her for at least two hours. Since I didn’t spin at the time, I bought the sock kit with your pattern book and some other yarn. I loved her and looked forward to seeing her again. We never did connect again. Sorry to hear of her passing. She was an inspiring woman!
They appear to be out of fleeces and roving…
Ooh, so sorry to hear this news. Thank you for the links.