Paula and Stephen Farrar were no strangers to wool and yarn, having previously owned their own flock of sheep. However, due to unforeseen tragedies, they found themselves unable to continue on that path, so the couple decided to launch Done Roving Yarns in 2009.
From the early days of the Farrars working in their basement, hand-painting yarn to order, Done Roving has seen growth and change that inspires those of us who may wish to start our own business at home. By creating products that match the breathtaking scenery of Maine, and providing knitting patterns for their customers along with the yarn, and by working with the local Women's Business Center, Done Roving quickly became a favorite of knitters in the Pine Tree State and beyond. To date, their yarns can be found in 41 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in one store located in Ontario.
In addition to the Farrars, Done Roving has added three part-time employees, and is poised to move into a 5,000 square-foot production facility, financed by an SBA guaranteed loan, which is a bit of an upgrade from the 1,250 square-foot basement that they had been using.
The success of Done Roving Yarns is especially noteworthy because it shows that good ideas can succeed, and bring good jobs to areas of the state that might otherwise be overlooked. To make their story even more noteworthy, the couple was selected as the Home Based Business of the Year for New England.