I think it all started when I was a little girl and my special blanket was black wool, said to have been military surplus. I loved that blanket and as is often the case, it went where I went and did what I did.
Probably not as coincidence, when I was two my godfather gave me an adorable lamb which became my favorite stuffed animal.
Thirty years later, a friend asked me to join her in starting a flock of sheep with the intent of producing great wool for hand spinners. I had always enjoyed an extended family of various critters, and with the fond memories of my childhood friends, I eagerly looked forward to including sheep on the farm. It didn’t take long to fully enjoy the gentle disposition and rekindle the fondness for the wool sheep share with us humans.
The market for beautiful, soft wool was good and the baby lambs were so adorable that before long my hand chosen flock had grown to thirty, and shearing gave me so many quality fleeces. I thought of what joy my "blanket" had given me and wanted others to share. The first year I had 5 blankets and gave them as gifts to members of the family.
Fast forward to 2011, and today.
Our naturally raised flock and our farm are still in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. And with the encouragement of my son Sean, I expanded my operation to offer our wonderful, washable, virgin wool blankets at a fair price at local markets.
Thanks for stopping by. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
NOUN a number of domestic animals, especially sheep, goats, or geese, that are kept together.
ORIGIN unknown, of old English flooc.
NOUN an area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager.
ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French ferme, from medieval Latin firma ‘fixed payment,’ from Latin firmare ‘fix, settle’ (in medieval Latin ‘contract for’), from firmus ‘constant, firm’; compare with firm2.