knit sheep

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I went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival yesterday and I got to pet all of the sheep it was so amazing. I miss them all already. That Blue Faced Leicester was such a hog and demanded all of the lovins as was the yearling Border Leicester who would try to chew on my boot through the gate if I stopped petting her. The owner of the Lincoln asked me if I wanted to take him home and I wish I had said yes so badly.

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Wool!!

We have 17 Shetland sheep at Calypso.  They earn their keep by providing beautiful fleeces so that we can create wooly wonders.  Wool is a big deal at Calypso: Susan and her daughters are incredible fiber artists and have much to teach the FTP participants.   In the spring we watch Tom shear the flock, then later in fall we learn how to wash, dye, card, spin and knit the wool.  It’s incredible to be a part of the process from start to finish!   And to be able to visit & say hi to the sheep who’s wool you are wearing!!