As a girl in her carefree teenage years, Natasha Lehrer was not anticipating the awakening of her entrepreneurial spirit when her family moved to the countryside from a Chicago suburb. Settling into rural life in the village of Big Rock, Illinois, she felt a deep connection to a biblical verse from the book of Esther: “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Inspired by the legacy of the agrarian lifestyle sur- rounding her new home on the Midwestern prairie, Natasha considered raising sheep. In the process of seeking her path, a kind soul gave her a spinning wheel, and fatefully the Lehrers’ new house came with a loom. An unexpected turn of events led to the purchase of a lamb and a mother ewe, and overnight Natasha became a sheep farmer.
Full of pluck and passion, she dove right in, getting her hands dirty as she learned the shepherding trade and steadily increasing her flock over the years. She taught herself to spin wool and began weaving. Enamored of the honesty and integrity of the community, Natasha yearned to help her fellow local wool producers by connecting knitters and spinners with the farmers who created the fibers.