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This is about Sheep Shares

There’s still time to join us for 2014! Sheep Shares is my farm’s yarn and fiber CSA. It’s a way for you, wherever you are, whatever you do, to participate in the life of a working sheep farm – and to receive in the course of a year two shares of either yarn or spinning fiber produced from the wool of my flock, delivered neatly to your doorstep. You need never set foot in the hayloft, skirt a fleece, nor lift a shovel. If you sign up, I promise the sheep and I will take care of the rest. I’m
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Passages

This is Cocoa, the oldest, dearest member of my flock. Cocoa is one of the pair of my very first sheep. My flock started with her.¬†Cocoa will be 17 in March which is very old for a sheep. She’s doing incredibly well, given her advanced age. I took this pic this morning after we fed her and bedded her pen. She and three other senior ewes live in our “Assisted Living” Barn. They get individual pans of grain and mushy alfalfa cubes soaked in warm water every morning. Winter is especially hard on old sheep. We do what we can
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Sheep & Snowfall

Saturday’s storm brought twelve inches of snow to our farm. The sheep dined al fresco Sunday morning. They needed a little coaxing to leave the barn, but once outside they seemed to enjoy ranging around the paddock. I distributed hay flakes everywhere, to spread the sheep out and make them walk. As you can see, I’m late in getting sheep coats on this group. It’s on the agenda for the week after Christmas, along with a slew of projects that are back-burnered for the moment because there’s just too much to do before the holidays. I love this time of
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RAMBITIOUS!

Today is “big love” day at the farm – we’re turning our boys in with their ladies. Moorit ram, Chai, can barely contain his excitement. This post is brief because I have lots to do at the farm this morning. We have to deworm the flock, trim feet, and put jackets on all the sheep. But before I go, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who visited me at my booth and at the author’s event at Rhinebeck. Thanks for celebrating the launch of my book, Adventures In Yarn Farming, with me. OMG – just looked
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Flock on a Fall Day

A gorgeous but intensely busy Columbus Day weekend here at the farm. I’m up to my eyeballs in the dye studio, getting ready to ship our Sheep Shares fall shares and simultaneously dyeing skeins for the New York Sheep & Wool festival this coming weekend (yikes!). Lots of leaf peepers on our road this weekend, stopping to take pics of our sheep, llamas and donkeys. The llamas are especially photogenic. And if that’s not enough, poor Jellybean (Cormo ewe) is lame from an abcess in her ankle. Poor girl. It looks like a cut that became infected. Mike and I
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My Book Launch – Coming Soon!

Yesterday I received an exciting email from my editor at Roost Books. The very first cartons of my book, Adventures in Yarn Farming, have arrived at the warehouse. Any day now, I will hold a copy of my own book in my own hands for the first time. This is a big moment for me because, as some of you know, this book has been a long time coming and because the subject material of this book – sheep, wool, fiber-craft, knitting, farming, rural New England life – is central to who I am, my daily work and ultimately what
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Taking Care of Old Sheep in Winter

This is Cocoa. She turns 16 this month which is ancient in sheep years. Cocoa has a special place in our hearts as she happens to be one of our first-ever sheep which makes her our flock matriarch. After a decade of lambing (including sets of triplets and quadruplets) she is still going strong, except for her teeth. Years of grass-grazing and ha -munching have worn her incisors (the front teeth) crookedlly, some of them right down to the nub givng her the gap-toothed smile of a jack-o-lantern.Last fall Andy performed some dentistry on her, to even out her bite.
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McAngus Queen of Hearts

A.K.A. Mishka Chillin' in her favorite spots.   Celebrating Christmas '08 with her lambie (above) and sisters Emma and Daphne (below).   Words are failing me at the moment so I hope the pics say it all. We gave Mishka the best possible day we could give her yesterday. She died peacefully at home. She truly was our Queen of Hearts. Thanks everyone, for keeping her and us in your thoughts this week.
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