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I'm a true farm girl at heart and love every minute of it. I have my own bitty "flock" of pampered sheep and chickens.

An introduction to my girls (sheep).

"Miss Dottie" is my Finn Jacob cross. She is the queen of my flock. Miss Dottie has the most beautifully natural colored fleece. Her wool ranges from browns to grey to white and even black. As she ages her soft fleece gets even lighter colored. May I admit that she is my favorite?

"Cappuccino" is my Romney - Border Leicester cross. I got her when she was a wee itty bitty lamb and bottle fed her. She is the "beautiful one" as I call her. She has such a gentle quiet nature. Cappuccino's fleece is sheared twice a year and needle felts so beautifully.

And my sweet little "Beatrix". She is a Finn cross…

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  • Born on September 21
  • Joined February 28, 2010

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my homegrown wool, fun fibers for blending, spinning wheels, buttons, fabric and dyes

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About

I'm a true farm girl at heart and love every minute of it. I have my own bitty "flock" of pampered sheep and chickens.

An introduction to my girls (sheep).

"Miss Dottie" is my Finn Jacob cross. She is the queen of my flock. Miss Dottie has the most beautifully natural colored fleece. Her wool ranges from browns to grey to white and even black. As she ages her soft fleece gets even lighter colored. May I admit that she is my favorite?

"Cappuccino" is my Romney - Border Leicester cross. I got her when she was a wee itty bitty lamb and bottle fed her. She is the "beautiful one" as I call her. She has such a gentle quiet nature. Cappuccino's fleece is sheared twice a year and needle felts so beautifully.

And my sweet little "Beatrix". She is a Finn cross with a super soft fleece. She is pure black with such a precious face. She is by far the smallest sheep in my flock as she was the runt of the litter and just adores to be cuddled.

"Stella" is Cappuccino's little baby girl.... the first one born here at our new location. So far she is quite the mommas girl...and doesn't let me get too close. She has developed quite a beautiful curl pattern to her fleece. She is pure white and has one small "star" of light brown on the back of her neck.

"Ziggy" is my wether BFL..... in a lovely soft grey brown. His little face is black freckled with grey white...so cute! He has just the most sincere little sweetness to him. He is always pleased to have me sink my hands into his lovely soft fleece..... much to my delight.

"Maisy" is my white BFL. She is so regal looking. She so far has some beautiful defined curls in a soft hand...perfect for my lock spun yarns :) She enjoys hanging out with Ziggy. They came from the same farm.

"Dahlia" is my Marsh Romney. She has such a pretty old fashioned look to her. Her wool has a bit more sheen to it than my others and less crimp. It takes dyes so richly. She is very shy and prefers to just watch me pet my others. I got her when she was 2. Maybe this coming spring she will have a baby for me. Ottis and her combined should make a lovely wool.

And....Then there is "Ottis" He is just a lover!... always wanting a snuggle or two. He is a purebred Border Liecester.... in a rich dark chocolate brown. He is already fading out to a brown gray color. Curls...Oh what lovely curls he has. He will be the father of any new lambs this coming year here at my farm. He is also Stella's Daddy.

My girls wear specially made coats year round to produce exceptionally clean fleeces. They each have their own unique and beautiful fleece.

I hand shear each one myself using the old style of handshears. I then hand wash the wool gently to retain some of the natural lanolin and dry it in the fresh country air. I enjoy every step of the process, growing, shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning, knitting and felting. If the weather is nice you can usually find me spinning, knitting or needlefelting next to my grazing sheep. Sheep are my bliss. Each item I design is carefully created to be original and a true " work of art".

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