When we first got Kim about five years ago, we noticed how much she looks like the puppet Lambchop. Although she has been known to stomp her foot at the Fate and Bud, to try and chase them away, she has a really sweet face
She’s a Karakul, an Asian sheep who stores water in her tail. Most farmers dock the tails of lambs a few days after they’re born. It’s done for health reasons, because the sheeps tails can collect feces.
We bought Kim from the farmer, Daryl, who gave me my first sheep, Tess, Socks, Suzy and Zelda.
Daryl’s daughter raises Karakuls. They’re pretty unusual where we live. Their wool is especially good for rug making and felting. I usually mix Kim’s wool with the wool of my other white sheep when I have it processed into yarn.
Jon and I had the most delicious egg sandwiches at the Wooden Solider Diner in Fair Haven on our way to get my wool in Brandon, VT this morning. It’s one of those diners that never got updated, not in the past 40 or so years anyway.
I picked up about forty skeins of wool from the Vermont Fiber Mill. They’re Green, Blue, Red and Purple and work beautifully together. Red was so comfortable on the alpaca rug he didn’t want to get up to leave.
The alpaca’s came out to greet us as we were leaving. Deb and her husband raise them, and sell their wool as products or yarn.
I’ll be putting up my wool up for sale in my Etsy Shop sometime over the weekend.
We’re getting ahead of the snow storms predicted for the weekend and picking up my wool in Brandon Vermont this morning. I think we’ll stop on the way at the Wooden Soldier Diner in Fair Haven Vermont for breakfast.
As always, I’m excited to see my wool, especially since I don’t even remember what colors I had it dyed this time. I’ll post some pictures on facebook and instagram as soon as I can, and more on my blog when I get home.
The good hay and fresh water, the ability to graze and wander the pastures, feeling safe and content. I believe this is all a part of what keeps my sheep healthy and helps them grow such good wool.
I could put jackets on them to keep their wool cleaner and prevent it from fading from the sunlight, but I prefer to let them be unencumbered. Anyway, I love to see them in their wool coats and how it grows from shearing to shearing.
We’ll be picking up my latest batch of Bedlam Farm Wool on Friday and I’ll be putting it up for sale , in my Etsy Shop, on Monday.
Susie, has been buying Bedlam Farm Wool for a long time. And she has a good collection of it all the way back to my first sheep Tess, who died some years ago.
This Christmas she used some of it to make a Ruana, “a cross between a shawl and a poncho” for her daughter, Gretchen.
I love the way Susie, used the different shades of natural browns, grays and white, and how they look together.
“I know you are mainly curious about how the yarn works up.” She wrote me, “I love it!
I do like to hear what people who buy my yarn feel about working with it. And I also love to see the pictures of what they made with it. And just as nice is the smiles on the faces of the people who get to wear it.