Confession: I love sheep. Needlefelting is also an incredibly attractive passtime for me. I love making little dolls and toys and things. So wool sheep (as opposed to meat sheep) seemed like the perfect thing to bring into our little home place.
Sheep are the most useful animal ever. These ladies are here for their lovely (or in the case of Millie, not so lovely) wool but if you’re very practical, sheep can provide not only wool but meat, glue, leather, sheep and lambskins, as well as the wool which can be woven or felted into many useful items. They can also be milked and the milk used for drinking or making cheese and butter.
There is also something soothing about sheep. They are so peaceful, well, unless you have a ram. Ewes are peaceful and sweet. They grind their teeth in odd ways when they eat. They baaah. They cavort and prance. Don’t even get me started on lambs.
Recently a friend taught me to use a drop spindle. After doing that it’s obvious that spinning is going to be addictive. So now we have a spinning wheel and 4 harness table loom sitting in the kitchen awaiting a few alterations/repairs and I’ve finished two projects on my rigid heddle experimental loom. Weaving is cathartic, peaceful, kind of like the sheep. These are things I think most of us need in our lives and few of us manage to slow down enough for.