Archive for Sheep

Sheep Shearers: In Vogue

In the October 20th American Sheep Industry Weekly,  I read a headline titled “Women Shearers Featured in Vogue “.  I was surprised to see an article about shearing in Vogue. At the same time, I was thinking….this is awesome!

Of course, I clicked on the link and read the article; the featured shearers share their stories, passion, dedication and unexpected rewards obtain through shearing. Hopefully, anyone who reads the article will gain a new appreciation for all of their dedication and work and gain a better understanding of the process from sheep to yarn.

Here’s the link:

Women of the Wool: For the Women Who Shear Sheep in California and Oregon, Hard Work and Unexpected Rewards

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Winter Stores: 2nd Cutting

 

 

 

On August 26th, we harvested our 2nd cutting of hay.  Since our area experienced a drought, this cutting only yielded 166 hay bales. It’s hard to believe everywhere around us had rain and we did not. Right now, our sheep are still enjoying pasture so fingers crossed we have pasture for a while longer.

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A Revolution in Handspinning: An Animated Tale

I came across a short article in the Spring 2017 Spin-Off magazine titled: “Revolution’s Evolution” (pg. 16) featuring a stop action video by Andrea Love for Hansen’s Crafts depicting the history of handspinning.

Enjoy!

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It’s Hay Time: First Cutting 2017

The weather finally cooperated so we were able to bale hay last weekend! Our first cutting yielded 220 bales.  We bought a new to us hay elevator, too.

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Life Goes On: New Arrivals

On New Years  Day, we received a phone call from Sweetwater Farm that our lambs had arrived. We were both excited and nervous because we were not expecting them until March. The barn was not ready for them. Then we found out our lambs were already eight weeks old; they were born in November.  And what a surprise!  We made plans to bring them home the week of the March snowstorm. Of course our area received nine inches of snow, so their arrival was delayed. Our lambs finally came home on Good Friday.

Introducing Poppy and Leo: Olde English Babydoll Southdowns

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Reflections

Originally, this post was going to be titled Grieving Lessons; however, with the recent passing of a dear friend, I decided to focus on honoring those who have passed on.

This past winter was a devastating time for us. We said goodbye to Sam, our Soay wether  and  Rita our Australorp who died of ovarian cancer. Rather than go into great detail about their passing, I would like to say they made a lasting impact on our lives.  Sam was the leader of the flock; he had a beautiful fleece that I am going to process, spin and enter into Maryland Sheep & Wool for 2018 in his honor. His sibling Olympic is now the leader of the flock. Rita was a ninja chicken; no worm was safe when Rita was around; she was so beautiful when she became broody. I wish I had a picture to share.

We truly miss them everyday. Our pasture looks empty without Sam and the chickens are lonely without Rita.

Through all of the sadness, I tried to focus on what my dear husband always says to me…

“Are you better for knowing them” and of course I always say, Yes.

 

Sam and Olympic

Sam and Olympic

Rita

Rita

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A Shepherd’s View: Book Recommendation

Whether you own sheep, spin, weave, knit or do anything fiber related, James Rebanks’ latest book “A Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape” is worth a read. Rebanks disperses beautiful photographs throughout his collection of essays. He lives in Matterdale located in the English Lake District where he raises Herdwick sheep.

Here’s a peek into the daily life of James Rebanks:

 

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