Lisa M. Ferguson
Laughing Goat Fiber Farm LLC
My studio is a reconstructed Carriage House overlooking the Cayuga Lake vista and our pastures. See our fiber tools and meet the animals that grow alpaca, mohair and cashmere.
ADDRESSLaughing Goat Fiber Farm LLC, 1485 Mecklenburg Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850-9301
West on Rte. 79 out of Ithaca, about 4 miles from Downtown Ithaca. You will see the house number 1485 on the mailbox across from the driveway. The house is a Greek Revival, painted white with green trim. The Carriage House (unpainted) is just to the left when you pull into the driveway. The studio is upstairs.
My deep dive into fiber crafts began early. Aunt Anne taught me to knit when I was nine years old. She gave me the key to making items that were useable and beautiful too. Though my first projects were made of synthetic yarns, I soon knitted only with natural fibers. Each of my siblings got a self-designed, hand-knit sweater when they graduated college. When I married and had children we moved to a farm. I wanted to "go backwards" from knitting and make my own yarns, so I began to spin. The next step was raising the animals and processing the fiber myself. I fell in love with angora goats, with their sweet natures and heavy fleeces that shine in the sunlight. Mohair inspires me. It rewards and surprises me with deep earthy tones, and encourages me to weave and knit the deep heat of those colors into beautiful items that give warmth for the ages.