I got her from Daryl, the same farmer that I got my Border Liecester’s and Cheviots from. They’re kind of unusual around here, they originated in Central Asia, but Daryl’s daughter has been breeding them and sold us Kim about five years ago.
They can survive in hard conditions, drought, heat and cold and store fat in their tail as a reserve.
Kim’s wool is very different form our other sheep. It’s long and straight and mixes well with the Border Leicester, Romney and Cheviots. It’s also very warm and strong and is great for felting.
Karakuls are known for their lambs pelts which are used to make hats and coats. It’s soft and tightly curled and expensive.
Kim is a somewhat skittish, but she’ll nose her way through the other sheep for a treat. She has a sweet face and keeps an eye on Fate when she circles the sheep, stamping her foot if Fate gets too close.
If I were breeding sheep, Suzy would be the perfect sheep to breed.
She has a easy going temperament, grows large quantities of beautiful wool, (she’s a Border Leicester) and was the only one of our ewes who didn’t have any problems giving birth.
We came home one afternoon and she was standing the barn yard with her lamb (who we later named Liam) next to her.
She is also a very attentive mother. She and Liam are still close. I will often see them paired off by themselves.
Suzy has also never had any health issues and Liam is just as healthy. He recovered quickly as a lamb when his ribs were broken by our donkey Simon.
Donkeys are guard animals and will often see lambs, who are new to the flock, as intruders and try to run them off. After that one incident, Simon quickly learned that the lambs were a part of Bedlam Farm.
I named Suzy, after my friend Suzy Fatzinger who is a spinner and knitter and has been making those beautiful shawls for the Bedlam Farm Open House the past few years.
I’m not exactly sure how old Suzy is, six or seven years at least. She’s one of the first sheep I got and I feel as close to her as I’ve felt to a sheep.
I sold more than half my Bedlam Farm Wool in just a few days. But I still have plenty still available in natural and dyed colors in my Etsy Shop.
I noticed when I put them all together what lovely fall colors they are. The yellow, orange and white wool together, make me think of Halloween Candy Corn. And the orange and yellow and grays are the fall colors of the big old maple trees outside my window.
The three different gray wools are hard to tell apart when they’re photographed alone. So I put them together with the will Orange and Yellow Wool so you can see the difference between them and also see how well they work with the brighter colors.
Originally I didn’t put Zelda’s White wool up for sale because I thought it was all sold. But I have some extra so I’m selling it along with the rest of the wool in my Etsy Shop.
Socks and Izzy’s Gray above is the darkest. It’s a mix of Border Leicester and Romney.
Suzy and Biddy’s gray is slightly lighter and has a tinge of brown in it, making it a warm gray. It’s also Border Leicester and Romney mixed.
Pumpkin and Griselle’s wool is the lightest and softest gray. It’s a mix of Romeny, Border Leicester and Cheviot.
Pumpkin’s wool used to be a dark brown, but it’s turned a soft gray over the years. His mother is Socks who has some of the darkest wool and his father was a white Cheviot named Ted.
You can see all the wool I have for sale here in my Etsy Shop. The skeins are 3 ply worsted, 200 yards and $25 each + shipping.
Don’t you look beautiful! I said to Wendy as I walked into the Post Office. I did not expect to see her in long pink and blue hair with wings on, dressed as a fairy for Halloween.
I was bringing in my first load of wool to mail. There was candy on the counter and a woman in front of me dressed as a domino.
Last week I bought a scale.
I can save 30% on shipping costs if I use Etsy postage instead of going to the postoffice. It’s part of my Free Shipping on Potholders till December 10th, campaign.
I click on, Get Etsy Shipping Labels, in my Etsy shop then enter the weigh and dimensions of the package I’m sending, then print out a shipping label. Since I don’t yet have sticky labels, I have to cut out each label and tape it on the package.
I started experimenting with it on my wool orders, but it was just too much work and too time consuming. It’s something I need to practice more before using it on a big shipping job like my wool.
It makes sense to use Etsy Shipping, but it’s also means I’ll be spending less time making one of those personal connections that mean a lot to me since I work alone. Wendy’s always there to help me send a package the most efficient and inexpensive way. And I simply enjoy seeing both Wendy and Martha and talking to them as they process my shipping.
I’ll still have to drop off my packages at the post office, but something will be lost. Those five to ten minutes we spend together a few times a week keep us connected and keep me connected to the town in a way that helps make me feel I’m a part of it.
“What beautiful colors!! Just amazing that the pile I saw on the table with Jon, becomes this! I wish I knew how to knit.” Jan
I was thinking the same thing. No matter how many times the sheep’s wool comes back as beautiful yarn that can be made into clothing for us humans, I am awed by it.
And it make me wish I knew of a way to use it too. Maybe this winter I’ll get that loom going that Jon got for me last year. Or maybe I’ll just wait to see the pictures of shawls and socks and gloves and scarves and hats that some of the people who buy my wool make.
My Sheep are pretty wonderful creatures. They are peaceful to watch and be around. They cause very little trouble and twice a year they give me the most beautiful wool.