Monday, January 25, 2016
Just a quick one tonight because it's late and I'm tired and I still haven't spoken to Bren about the bushfire planning meeting I've just been to.
I'm so excited to introduce you to Cardigan, Socks, Beanie and Mittens, the newest members of our Daylesford Organics team and the start of our wool project.
They are two years old, they are Corriedale x Finn, they are two sets of twins, we bought them off our friends Nat, Jono and Ruby and although I am ridiculously happy to have them here, they run the other way whenever they see me coming. But that's OK, I'm patient.
I feel like I've been waiting forever to have sheep here. The thought of knowing and caring for the sheep that grow my wool is ridiculously exciting to me.
Last Friday I went to my first knitting and spinning group meeting and learnt how to pull a staple and how to comb the staples in preparation for spinning. My hands were covered in lanolin, there was fluff all over me and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Hopefully next time they'll help me get my old wheel working and I can start to learn to spin.
Years ago I read a blog about a woman's sheep to jumper journey. I can't remember whose blog it was or find the post but I think she planted the seed in me. Her gorgeous relationship with the sheep that was shorn, watching her spin the fleece, wash it and then dye it before she knitted it into a jumper for one of her children was really beautiful. My sheep won't be shorn again until next Spring but in the meantime I have two bags of their fleece from their last shearing to practice on.
Everything about the wool journey excites me and I am over the moon to have these girls on our farm munching away on the grass under the apple trees. I hope they're as happy to be here as I am to have them. I'm also pleased about the fact that they'll be keeping the grass down, and their poo and the thought that this breed are good milkers should we decide to go down that road sometime in the future.
Big hoorays all round!
Oh my goodness, it's LATE and I can't think straight any more. I hope this reads ok and makes sense.