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.

Please check out those curls between her ears. Aren't they adorable?


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.

But we can and we do. If you’re looking for us, we’re probably sitting in the sheep pen smelling the lanolin.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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1 Response to Ships!

  1. Kerry says:

    I’m glad you took to the drop spindling. 🙂 I was honestly afraid you’d go “eh. This sucks” and chuck it. But even if it isn’t a life-long hobby or long-or-short-term addiction, it is still a good skill to have.

    Hell, I figure I’ll be punished by being stuck here when god comes to collect everyone. I might as well have a good hobby which ALSO will help keep me warm in the winter. 🙂

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