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Our beginnings started with one Border Leicester ewe we named Maggie that Doug and I purchased at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY in October of 2007. Little did we know this one purchase would lead to a lifetime of sheep farming!  Maggie was bred and delivered one little lamb, our mascot, Will in 2008.

Since then, we have increased our flock to 30 sheep to include not only purebred registered Border Leicester but purebred registered Black Welsh Mountain Sheep and Finnsheep.

All three fleeces are so different but outstanding and each a hand spinner’s delight.  Our Border Leicester with their long and lustrous “pencil” locks; Black Welsh Mountain with their thick and durable pure black fleece; and Finnsheep with their glowing silky locks.

I started knitting at a very early age and immediately LOVED it and never stopped!!  Taught by my step grandmother, we would sit for hours together either knitting or crocheting.  I loved watching her produce such superb, immaculate garments and bedspreads.  Years and years later, I decided to enter into competitions and graciously have won many awards for my hand knitted and crocheted garments and hand-spun yarn from 1st place to 4th place at the Wayne County Fair, Honesdale, PA, Little World’s Fair, Grahamsville, NY and the NY Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY.  My biggest accomplishment to this day is winning my first blue ribbon in hand spinning at the 2014 Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck.  Compliments of my dearest sweet Meg, her fleece is outstanding, and I prize her and her wool everyday.  Being self taught in hand spinning and spending countless hours practicing and NEVER giving up, I finally achieved my goal of a blue ribbon at Rhinebeck.

In 2012, I started my Lambkin’s Lanolin Skin Care line.  Using natural and organic oils plus lanolin, the natural oil found on sheep’s wool, I created a line of creams, hard lotion bars, hand salves, and lotion.  All work wonders keeping dry skin soft, smooth and hydrated.  Each product has its own unique quality.  A little goes a long way and all are hand crafted on the farm and can be purchased from our Etsy shop.

Other farm-mates include 2 Maremma Guardian dogs, Max and Zach, an Arabian horse named Beau and 2 very loveable mini Dachshunds named Luke and Gretchen.

Check out “The Wooly Blog” where I write about everyday life on a sheep farm!

 

 



Springtime grazing with buttercups!
Our Finnsheep lambs
Ribbons Gail won
Ribbons won at NYS 2014 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival
Will with favorite guardian dog Zach
Grazing...our favorite thing to do!
Border Leicester roving