My Karakul, Kim

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.

 

Bedlam Farm Wool, Sold Out

Suzy and the gang

Suzy,the rest of the Bedlam Farm sheep and I, would like to thank you all for buying  their wool.

All the Bedlam Farm Wool I put for sale in my Etsy Shop sold out in just one day.

In the spring the sheep will be shorn again, and I’ll be selling more wool in the fall when it comes back from the mill.   My plan for the next batch is to keep some natural and dye the rest.

I will also have more wool since I didn’t shear four of them this past fall.  So there will be plenty of Bedlam Farm wool for everyone.

Bedlam Farm Wool For Sale

My Latest Batch of wool for sale in my Etsy Shop

I just put my latest batch of wool up for sale in my Etsy Shop.  

I don’t have a lot this time, less than 40 skeins in all.  Because I had the sheep shorn so late in the season last spring, I only sheared 6 of my sheep in the fall.  Their wool just wasn’t long enough.

The Red and Purple are dyed over the natural grays of Suzy, Izzy and Pumpkin.   It’s a mix of Border Leicester, Romney and a touch of Cheviot.

The Blue and Green are dyed from the white wool of Rosemary, Kim and Liam.  (The same Liam that Bed fended off this morning.  You can read about that here).

Each skein of wool is 200 yard and they are all 3 ply worsted.  They’re $25 each + shipping.  You can see and buy them all in my Etsy Shop.

Just click on the Shop Etsy Button below.

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Jon’s photo of Bud confronting Liam this morning.

Our Trip The The Vermont Fiber Mill

At the Wooden Solider diner in Fair Haven VT

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.

At the Vermont Fiber Mill

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.

A few of Deb’s curious Alpaca’s at the Vermont Fiber Mill

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.

 

Bringing Home The Wool

Pumpkin is a handsome wether (castrated male sheep) with the softest whisper of a “baa”.

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.

Healthy Sheep

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.

Bedlam Farm Wool, Coming This Friday

Socks

I’ll be picking up my latest batch of Bedlam Farm Wool this Friday and probably putting it up of sale in my Etsy Shop the following week.

Since I don’t remember the colors I had it dyed, I can’t wait to see what it all looks like.

I won’t have as much wool as I did in the fall, but I’m glad Deb at The Vermont Fiber Mill got it done so quickly.  Wool is more appealing in the winter than it is in the spring.

 

More Bedlam Farm Wool Coming

Suzy, with Biddy in the background.

I just got an email that my latest batch of wool is ready.

I won’t have  as much as last time and I think it’s all dyed, but I can’t remember what colors.  So it will be a surprise when I pick it up.

I hope to make the trip to the Vermont Fiber Mill in a couple of weeks to get it.

Susie’s Ruana, Made With Bedlam Farm Wool

Getchen wearing the Ruana, Susie made for her.

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.

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