Yesterday we took advantage of the nice weather and did a little sheep shearing. We wound up with two beautiful fleeces which we listed on ebay. One was VERY soft and I was tempted to keep it to spin for myself, but I already have so much fiber in my studio I could probably open my own yarn store! This young wether (whom I am calling Lamb Chops; you country folks will understand...) was pretty cooperative until we got ready to shear his belly.
I am finalizing my book proposal package for Storey Publishing for my book about crocheting with natural fibers, so there is likely to be at least one project made from Dad's sheep. They are a primitive breed known as Jacob's sheep. They derive their name from the Bible, where in Genesis Jacob agrees to manage his father in law's livestock in exchange for all of the spotted sheep and striped cattle. God then tells Jacob how to tip the odds in his favor, and before long, Jacob owned more sheep and cattle than Laban! Kinda made up for that bait and switch that Laban pulled on Jacob when Jacob thought he was working for Rachel's hand in marriage and wound up with the sister! Just goes to show, what goes around, comes around....
Hope everyone is staying warm and safe! God Bless!