The Sheep of Small Acre Farm
Our small herd of sheep provide the inspiration and fiber for all our hand spun yarn and felt. Sheep are shy and suspicious by nature but the more time you spend with them, the friendlier they get. Our herd represents a couple of breed varieties. Bluefaced Leicester is the common theme. It is the finest of the longwools, crimpy and soft, a favorite of spinners far and wide and a wonderful fiber for beginners as well as accomplished fiber artists.
Fletch - Bluefaced Leicester/Wensleydale cross ewe
One of our original fine wooled ewes, Fletch is friendly and a wonderful mother. Her fiber is ultra crimpy and even as dark as it is, makes a wonderful overdyed or naturally colored yarn.
Fancy - Bluefaced Leicester/CVM cross ewe
Fancy is another foundation ewe. Her fiber is soft and fine, wonderful for against the skin garments. She is a shy girl and it took her a few years to be comfortable being pet. Now she even comes looking for treats!
Flora - BLF/Teeswater cross ewe
Flora is the third original (foundation) fine wooled ewe. Flora is very friendly and bossy. She and Fletch seem to be the herd leaders. Flora had a rough first birth and has been a questionable mother ever since. She doesn't really mother up to her own lambs and she tries to steal everyone else's. Most shepherdesses would have culled her by now but I love her fiber and her bossy, friendly way. She fits right into my current plan to take a break from breeding.
Bandit - Bluefaced Leicester/CVM x CVM cross ewe
Bandit is a two year old lamb from Fancy. Her wool is fine, soft and a mix of crazy, wonderful colors. She is curious about me but still skittish. When she was born her ears had the most amazing paisley pattern! Bandit had a white ram lamb this year.
Vera (Primavera) BFL/Wensleydale x BFL ewe
Vera is Fletch's 2017 ewe lamb. She's sweet and skittish. Her claim to fame are the white polka dots on her rear. They make her fleece a fun surprise to work with. Another surprise was that Vera got pregnant and had a lamb in this, her first year. She was definitely a teenage mom. We raised the lambs in the house. Sadly the ewe didn't make it but the ram lamb, Clover, is living with a wonder family here in Fort Collins.
Marley - Purbred Wensleydale wether
Marley is one of our bachelor boys. His sole purpose is to grow beautiful fiber and he excels at his job. Marley's fiber grows in long shiny locks and is often reserved a year ahead of shearing. Marley is very friendly, easy to handle and has the deepest "baa" on the farm.
Grover - Purebred CVM wether
Grover is another of our bachelor boys. He and Marley came from the same farm and they are buddies. Grover's fiber is very soft and fine, a true CVM.
Will - Bluefaced Leicester x (Bluefaced Leicester/Teeswater) cross wether
Will had a pretty rough start in life. He was Flora's first lamb and he got stuck. Our son pulled the lamb and saved both lamb and ewe. Needless to say, Flora wanted nothing to do with whatever caused her that much pain. Presto! Our first bottle lamb. Will was raised with a group of goat kids who chewed on his ears. He looks like a teddy bear but he's pushy like a goat. He's one of our bachelor boys.
Ferdinand - Purebred registered Bluefaced Leicester ram
Ferdinand is the sweetest ram I know. He loves head scratches and when I sit in his pen he sometimes lays his head in my lap. I named him after the bull who liked to sniff the daisies. Sweet as he is, he is an efficient ram and all our ewes produced lambs from him this year.
Klaus - BFL/CVM x BFL cross wether
Klaus is Bandit's 2018 lamb. Unfortunately Flora stole him and Bandit wouldn't take him back. We raised him on a bottle with the goat kids and I'm pretty sure he thinks he's a goat too. I can hardly wait to see what his fiber is like when we shear next spring!
Sunny - BFL/CVM x BFL cross ewe
Sunny is Gypsy's 2018 lamb. In a year when I waited for a white ewe lamb and had so many losses, she's the girl who lived! Sunny is being raised by her mother in the pasture which makes her a wild child.