October 30, 1992 - April 17, 2004 ~ The best sheep ever.
In the beginning I just gave his wool to the shearer each spring. Then some friends suggested that I find someone to spin it and knit a sweater. I didn't know how to knit, but figured I could learn that, but knew I'd never figure out the spinning part, so was lucky to find a local spinner who was willing to help. She spun the yarn and I somehow got a sweater made. Then, another friend came out and took some wonderful photographs of me and Punkin "dressed alike". As he was quite old by then, these are some of my most treasured pictures.
Of course, I had so much fun
knitting his sweater, I began to wonder if maybe I could learn to
spin. You saw that coming didn't you? Next thing I knew I
had a spinning wheel, a bag of practice wool and lots of new friends who
were happy to help me get started. That's the nicest thing about
the fiber world. You meet so many extremely talented spinners,
knitters, weavers, crocheters, felters...and they are some of the nicest
folks you'll ever get to know. I now have sheep friends all over
So, we added sheep
friends, then we added more sheep. We acquired five Jacob sheep
from Indiana. And then two more, including a ram, from Kentucky. Soon came the
lambs - is there anything cuter? Add a few more Jacobs from West
Virginia, a couple Border Cheviots from Paris - Kentucky that is -
a couple bottle lambs, a few Cotswolds
from New York some
beautifully colored crossbreds, also from New
York, a rescue sheep we met on the evening news and the latest
bottle baby, preemie lamb Miss Maisie and we now have 29 funny sheep to keep us
on our toes.
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