Fact: I love sheep. But, I don’t own sheep.
I would like to think it’s obvious, if you see my adorable sheep logo and the fact that I love using products from sheep.
I love the uniqueness of the different curls and textures of sheep’s wool, and I love to use it in my needle felting.
And while I love the idea of using their wool to create images far from sheep, I love using their wool to create sheep-related artwork. I love to recreate their personalities with their own product and share that with my customers.
But however much I love sheep, I do not own any. That’s right, I have a farm in Central Indiana, but it’s a horse farm. Instead, I’d rather support small farms in Indiana and surrounding states who breed and raise these marvelous animals and are the real professional sheep lovers.
That’s why I love attending fiber festivals, because it shows the lifecycle of the sheep: from breeding and raising, to shearing and spinning. Attendees can learn about raising sheep and see why this animal is so important to the lifecycle of clothing.
And, I have been known to trade wares with fiber shops–a piece of art for a bag of fiber. It’s a fun gig!
Here are some Sheep Facts, courtesy of The Modern Farmer:
- One pound of wool can make up to 10 miles of yarn.
- Sheep’s wool will grow forever.
- The groove in their upper lip is called a philtrum.
- Sheep cannot right themselves if they’re on their back.
- The United States’ Founding Fathers (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison) owned and raised sheep.