The Year of the Apple

Grazing Cormo lamb. Foxfire Fiber

Apples is by far the most popular of our suggested lamb name themes for this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you for voting. It was a lot of fun to watch. We are looking forward to a bushel of new lambs, in less than two weeks from now. I'm thinking of all the fun name possibilties: MacIntosh, Gala, Macoun, Braeburn . . .

If you would like to suggest an apple variety to name one of our lambs-to-be,  please leave a comment here.

My days have gone from busy to busier in a hurry. Immediately after shearing, we've shipped over 100 lbs of wool and there's still loads to go before we shear the rest of the flock a week from today. I know it's spring when I'm up to my elbows in greasy fleece and my barn coat reeks of lanolin.

Wool bags

With the turning ahead of the clock last week, the weather had noticeably shifted. Milder days means no more hat or gloves. Sheep are frisky. Goats are nudgie. Llamas are lovin' soaking up the sun.

The landscape has gone from ice to mud. But I love mud. At this time of year I say, "bring it on!".

Before I go, a heads up. When winter goes away, so does our Foxfire Fiber Etsy Winter Tag sale. We've put up a bunch of new listings – some great deals on mitten kits and some of our most popular farm yarns such as Cormo Silk Alpaca, Upland Wool & Mohair, Upland Wool & Alpaca. But our tag sale ends on March 20, with the Vernal Equinox. Click here to check it out.