May: Bide A Wee Farm

Published May 12, 2021

When I first started spinning wool, I knew that this is something that I will eventually take seriously. It was all just a matter of how quickly my passion will escalate. And in my first month of spinning, I definitely went down that rabbit hole faster than a sneeze. I’ve thought long and hard about the difference between a hobby and a career choice, because growing up, this was an issue that gave me so much internal conflict – the tug of war between Happiness and Career Success.

I dreamt of becoming either a teacher, a lawyer, or a missionary but my conservative, Asian parents believed that I needed a career choice that will not starve or disillusion me later on. That’s how I ended up earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, became a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, and went to Medical School.

Karen Lobb

While I enjoyed the experience of being a nursing and medical student (in a relational sense), I felt that it was something that did not resonate well with what I wanted to be. I can’t say that I’ve “pinned down” a specific career path, but I’ve looked at this conundrum as a journey that I should enjoy and allow to blossom.

From dreaming as a child to becoming a young adult, I have learned several things: (1) your degree choice in college does not dictate your actual future, (2) just because your life is not dictated by the degree you chose in college, it doesn’t mean that it all went to waste, (3) plans change and things will work out, (4) and true passion creates an equally unquenchable thirst for learning. Perhaps Divine Providence and the yarn of fate has led me to Karen Lobb (owner of Bide A Wee Farm).


Research and Finding Connection

Facebook’s ads algorithm are typically pesky and invasive, but it recommended me to a group called Weaving and Spinning for Beginners. I count this as one of the few opportunities to be thankful for ads traffic. Flipping through some posts, I found a woman who posted about Shave’Em to Save’Em (SE2SE). My curiosity led me to hunt for some stamps that are nearer my locale using the directory at The Livestock Conservancy website. SE2SE is a group sponsored by The Livestock Conservancy that focuses on encouraging fiber artists to support/learn about different Sheep/Ram breeds that range from Critically Endangered to Recovering and to connect them to farmers who are raising these heritage breeds to sustain this fragile ecosystem.

Bide A Wee Farm Logo

When you purchase “100% wool” from a yarn store, they do not usually tell you what exact kind of breed it originated from. Historically, wool was not easy to come by so wool was gathered from different breeds and blended into one wool. The homogenization of wool made it cheaper for regular folk to purchase because you can blend expensive wool with a cheaper wool without having to fully disc