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Posted by Stitch and Bitch London on March 5, 2007

Brooklyn Brooklyn from Kamloops in British Columbia in beautiful Canada promised us a Lion Scarf patch that was “Wild Blue and Purple Hued” and when it turned up it truly was.

All the way back in December we got a Lion Patch from Hannelore in Chilliwack (such a great place name) too. It was one of the first patches we received.

Hannelore told us “I had fun knitting it and hope it keep the Lion warm.”

She sent along a leaflet that was all about how their yarn business began with a bit of fascinating family history thrown in to boot:

“Sun Bench fubres evolved out of Sun Bench Acres. The Lubben family started farming in 1974 with dairy goats. Their four children were all involved in the 4-H movement (to provide rural young people with the opportunity to learn farming and homemaking skills). In the late 1970s the family added Corriedale/Dorset cross sheep to their dairy goat herd, as well as Angora goats that produce the luxurious fibre called Mohair, to their animals.”

Their raw fibres were sold to handspinners all over Canada.

In 1989 the farm was sold and the business became Sun Bench Fibres. They sold all kinds of fibres for spinning, spinning wheels, weaving equipment and 100% natural yarns, as well as knitting needles, dyes and books to show people how to do their own dyeing, spinning and knitting.

Sadly Hannelore tells us that due to ill health they had to sell their business in August 2006.

She tells us “I miss my business and that is why I knitted the scarf for you”.

I really hope that by putting the story on our Lion Blog it helps Hannelore and her business carry on even though she had to sell it. It sounds like it was fabulous.

The Lions will be happy to know that the knitting of their scarf gave someone the chance to remember the good old days.

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