Christmas In July Sale!

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WHAHHAAT????  The sheep have never ever EVER had a sale in all their years in business. Snowy sheep is not sure what got into everyone but this will be fun! What could be better than a red hot Christmas in July sale??? It definitely is red hot in WI- 100 degrees factoring in humidity. Ouch! The sheep needed a diversion- tee hee!

SO, here’s how it works out! There are sale prices across the board on almost every item. The shopping cart will reflect the sale price when you place your order and check out. The sheep’s sale will run from July 15 through July 31, 2016. There will be sneaky additions to the site through out that time so be sure you keep an eye on the sheep! 

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HANDSPUN YARN click here!

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Crazy Quilt BATTS click here! 

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A variety of unwashed wool- click here!

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Washed wool click here!

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Llama & Alpaca fiber click here!

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This is Gilbert and he wanted to be sure you know there is a lot more to offer on the sheep’s website.  FREE SHIPPING on hand knit items and collectibles ! Gilbert also said he is sure the cool sale will settle the hot July weather for you. Shop ahead for fall! If you have any questions please let us know- we look forward to seeing you at the website!!

WWW.HOMESTEADWOOLANDGIFTFARM.COM
Happy Summer!
Jim & Sandy Ryan- and the sheep
….where sheep may safely graze.

Apollo!

The sheep thought it would be fun to introduce themselves. They decided I should write about one sheep at a time. The each have such fun stories and we have a wide variety of sheep in our flock family.
Our first featured sheep is Apollo.
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We brought him home from our friends Graham & Margaret Phillipson’s farm. We were there helping out while their sheep were being sheared. There was a sweet little bottle lamb running around and when they asked if i would like to take him home- of COURSE I said yes. Of COURSE! He was a little peanut and we were not sure he would make it. Now he is 8 years old! Go Apollo!
apollo912Apollo is a North Country Cheviot Sheep. Graham & Margaret own Littledale farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin. You can read specifics about Apollo’s North Country Cheviot sheep family on Littledale’s  websiteThat way I won’t get anything turned around and I can just chat about our own Apollo sheep! (You are also welcome to contact Graham & Margaret – they love to chat about their sheep!)
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(A gorgeous member of Apollo’s Littledale family!)
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Apollo is a very good boy and easy to work with. He will wear a sheep coat if I ask but he does take any opportunity to find a nail- which puts nice little rips and tears in the fabric. Argh! We haven’t used coats the past few years as our sheep have gotten older. They have a bit of trouble getting tangled up in them. Nobody gets to get hurt here right?! (Including me when I have to untangle a frightened, old, easily stressed old sheep!)wshd216nccheviotNC Cheviot wool ranges in texture from soft to soft/medium. It is  a little ‘springy’, which makes it a great sock knitting yarn. Locks average 3 to 4 inches long and Apollo usually keeps his fleece clean. (Not as clean as he does wearing a coat but…)
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Apollo (far right) is an easy going fellow who has lots of friends. However, his best friend is Devlyn (front center), our Scottish Black Face sheep. They are happy to have a pat on the head, MAYBE a hug, are very regal, handsome sheep. Just watch out if you are the one carrying a box of Vanilla Wafers or Fruit Loops though! All sheep manners go out the window. You have to be sly, those stinkers will run you down like a linebacker if you aren’t! (Ask me how I know?!) ha!

We hope all of you are having a great start to summer! If you have any questions about any of our sheep or their wool, please send us an email at the farm: ryan3@tds.net

It’s rainy right now so our soggy bottom sheep send smooches instead of hugs!

Jim & Sandy Ryan
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com
…where sheep may safely graze.

 

 

 

A day at the boutique!

Oh please tell me you didn’t think it was ME going to the boutique? bwaahahahahaha! Every year Jim and I shear our Puzzle sheep ourselves. He has a huge hole in his heart and has to stand up for his haircut. If we set him on his hinder like the other sheep for their haircuts, he can’t breathe. Not good. Not good at all! SO, Saturday we got to work.
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Milo (left) and Fletcher (right) were the set up crew.
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The llamas were the supervisory committee to make sure the set up was properly carried out.
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Puzzle said this is a big ‘no go.’ Not again?
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Before.
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Oooh la la!!
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Half way there…
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My guardian stayed with us the entire time. This was the first time he had seen a sheep sheared. He was a little worried. (Fletcher)
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Thanks to a brand new pair of scissors, a lot of giggling by me and Jim- two hours later wa-la- all done!
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The aftermath- Milo was not interested in clean up detail.
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All of our sheep are special but Puzzle is a little extra special. He was not supposed to live past a few months after he was born. He just turned 3 YEARS OLD! You’ve beat the odds you sweet sheep!
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Every day we get to spend with you is a blessing my little peanut. (And I am glad you don’t mind standing sort of still for a rather iffy haircut too.) You are my hero sheep Puzzle!

Hope all is well with you all! A huge update is on the way tomorrow so be sure to check the sheep’s website out ok?
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com

Jim & Sandy Ryan & the Sheeps
…where sheep may safely graze.

Shearing Day….

Joy to the wooled!!!!
This year we had the nicest weather on shearing day we’ve had for years. It was nice and WARM! Generally it is a cold, windy day. Hooray!
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This is our new guy- Ryan the Wonder Shearer! Our shearer of 15 years is retiring. Ryan worked with David at times over the years. We are so lucky to be on Ryan’s shearing route now! He was very kind to our sheep, patient and did a great job. Thank you Ryan! (This is Patch having his haircut.)
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Miss Lily the Shetland sheep was not enthused. We locked the sheep in the barn the night before shearing. Tricked all of them in with grain except the Dirty Dozen. We spent over an hour just chasing those 12 sheep into the barn. They finally got tired thank goodness- we did too! Lily was not one of the Dirty Dozen but she is representing for the disgust of the other sheep. FOOLED! Curses! Foiled again!

Our day started out early. Thanks to all the help from our friends Mary, Heidi and Jon the day went quickly and a good day’s work was done. The sheep were busy trying to find their friends again. Everyone looks different with their haircuts so it takes a few hours for everyone to settle down. Then it was time to have a snack before bed time.
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This is Mario, showing us his ‘good side’ to be sure we knew he was not getting tricked again. Not sure if he was trying to crawl into the bale to hide til his fleece started growing again? The old I can’t see you so you can’t see me?
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We always have the most beautiful shearing day sunsets. We were so tired the fleeces didn’t make it inside until the next day. Mission accomplished though- thanks to my wonderful hubby Jim.
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Since last week I have some headway in my poor fiber palace. The fleeces have the sheep’s name inside the bag; then the fleece/bag is rolled up and taped up with the sheep’s name on the outside of the bag too. I have a special room full of shelves just for the fleeces. I like to keep them arranged by breed so I can just go get them when I am ready. Takes too much time to search through them otherwise!
Now I will keep working away, sponsor fleeces will be set aside to work through and there will be a LOT of wool hitting the website.
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There are so many things I love about shearing day. Each sheep’s fleece is like opening a present. Colors change over the course of the year on almost every sheep. The smell of a sheep and their wool is amazing to me. Almost like the smell of a horse’s soft nose. Having such a nice fiber palace (aka basement) is a gift. When I am sorting through fleeces it feels like I have my sheep friends inside with me. We all know what a disaster that can be so fleeces for me right now! ha!
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One more sunset including happy, comfy sheep. I am so blessed to have all that I have here. Thank you hubby Jim for putting up with me!

Keep an eye out for all the new wool on the sheep’s website. For now be sure to visit the ‘batt page.’ It is loaded up with Mary’s Crazy Quilt batts that would be fabulous in your next project!
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http://www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com/shop/Farm__Batts.htm

Smooches from the sheep and hope all is well sheep peeps!

Jim & Sandy Ryan
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com
…where sheep may safely graze.

A Friend Indeed!

If you follow the sheep and their cuteness, you also know how hard it is for me to keep them focused on work. They really only have three ‘jobs.’ Be cute, grow pretty wool and be healthy. Once in a while though, it IS nice to have some help. The sheep are very creative and love to card batts. They bicker and fuss waiting their turns and the girls throw sparkle around and it gets into the boy’s creations-which the boys do NOT appreciate. Then there is bedlamb in the fiber palace. Sigh.
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Now that it is feeling like Spring, Arthur is showing you just how he looks at me- work? Yeah right.

Now the sheep have more help! My friend Mary is spending time with me in the fiber palace once a week. Keeping the sheep under control, monitoring turns AND carding up gorgeous beauteous batts!
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Mary and I have been friends for a very long time now. You’ve probably seen her llama, alpaca, Angora rabbit AND Angora goat fiber available on our website.
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I have always wanted to have a very big offering of batts available for sale- and Mary is making it happen.
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Mini-Crazy Quilt Batts!
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Ooh la la!! SO, welcome to the fiber palace Mary! I am so happy to be spending time with you AND keeping up with my fiber projects. You are a peach!

Be sure to check out  the batts – the sheep and I have created some new handspun yarn styles so keep an eye out for that too ok?

Shearing day is April 14 this year. More info to follow so stay tuned! Hope you are all well and enjoying the almost spring time weather!

Jim & Sandy Ryan
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com
where sheep may safely graze. 

Picture day!

I have so many beautiful pictures of our sheep that have not been ‘out in the public’ yet. SO, here we go!

Baaxter – Romney sheep- 10 years old
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Casey- North Country Cheviot sheep- 9 years old
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Dalai Llama – 15 years old
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Niles- Wensleydale sheep – 11 years old
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Penny – Jacob sheep – 5 years old
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Puzzle – Wensleydale sheep – 3 years old
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SO, we have so many great sheep and great pictures- most of these taken by my friend Heidi Ellefson. She has such a talent catching the sheep’s expressions!

Be sure to check out the sheep’s website ok? Lots of new items for sale- the sheep said you might want to sit down with a big cup of coffee to browse!

Smooches all!
Jim & Sandy Ryan
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com
…where sheep may safely graze.

 

Lots going on!

Even though it is cooooold outside! Each year I fuss about the weather. I need good sheep weather. Cold enough they don’t get too warm, but not too cold either. Happens every year to my fussbudget self… Bundle up for chores, weather man says it is 30 below zero wind chill and outside I go. The Pyrs are happy, playing ON the snow that has now become ice. First step out the door and I contemplate the idea of adding a pillow as padding to my hinder. Nope, already one foot outside. Gotta go through with it right now. Because my sheep desperately need me to keep them warm and comfy right?

And what do I see as I look out? Oh, funny funny sheep. This is NOT what I see.
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THIS is what I see.
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So they really don’t need me? Looks like some fun sheep shenanigans going on to me. Guess if the sun is out life is good?! Maybe my idea of cold should be adjusted? Hmmm. ANYhoo, while they are out having fun I am working on adding some new items to their website. Hope you can stop in and see if there is anything you absolutely cannot live with out for your next project!!
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Lots and lots of fun for everyone- with some sheepie specialness included!

The sheep are sending hugs to keep you warm!

San & the sheep

Jim & Sandy Ryan
www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com
…where sheep may safely graze.