Yesterday we made our wool run to Vermont Fiber Mill. I dropped off 42 lbs of wool. Most of it will be made into worsted and DK yarn. Zelda is getting older and her wool doesn’t grow as fast or lush so we’ll be getting bumps of her wool (these are used by handspinners to make into yarn). On the opposite end, I have so much of Liam’s wool I’ll be getting half of his in yarn and half in bumps.
I’m discovering that the sheep are really beginning to earn their keep. Selling the wool helps pay for some of their hay in the winter and covers the twice a year shearing. And with Zelda getting older, both Jon and I were thinking it might be time to get another sheep.
Then Donna at the hardware store in town told us that she just took in five Romney Sheep that she needs to find homes for. A friend lost her farm and the sheep were going to go to slaughter. But Donna said they were just too beautiful for her to let that happen. So she took them in hoping to place them in good homes.
Donna asked what color and gender I wanted and then told me about Izzy. Just under two years old, Izzy has chocolate brown wool with a good crimp (the crimp or kink is the ripples in the wool. The more crimp, the finer you can spin the wool). And she’s a nice sheep too. Donna was most concerned about finding her a good home where her wool would be appreciated.
I haven’t even seen her yet, but with all Donna told me about her and being her name is Izzy, I know she was meant to come to Bedlam Farm.
So later this week Donna will deliver Izzy. She already lives with horses and goats and dogs so she should have no trouble fitting in.
I’m thinking in October’s shearing of mixing some of the wools together. I was just texting with my friend Suzy (who makes the gloves for the Open House and who my sheep Suzy is named after) and she was suggesting mixing Izzy’s wool with Socks’ wool to add a softness to it. Suzy said there are lots of different combinations to make and I think that could be fun and expand my variety of wool just by adding a sheep.
I’ll be sure to write about Izzy’s arrival. I can’t wait to see what she looks like.