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.
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.
Will - Bluefaced Leicester 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.
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!