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Our Mascot Willy
Friday, November 17, 6:47pm

Just took this photo of our Willy.  Chuckled a lot.  He is a real sweetheart, lovable, affectionate and a ham for photos. He’ll be 10 years old next year.

Our Willy

The photo in the above banner is also Willy but a much younger one.  He was first born on the farm to Maggie, our first sheep that we bought at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in 2007.  My how time flies.  Keep on going Willy…we all love you to pieces!!



Handspun Winners at 2017 NYS Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival
Thursday, October 26, 8:16pm

Love sheep….love to spin!!  A special thank you to my Finnsheep Annabelle and Border Leicester Jasper and their beautiful dreamy fleece.  Without them – no ribbons!  Very pleased to have won in the skein competition 2nd and 5th place ribbons compliments of Jasper for all wool single ply handspun yarn and 3rd place all wool single ply handspun yarn compliments of my Finnsheep Annabelle.

Handspun Winners – thank you Jasper & Annabelle!



Super fun jewelry class at 2017 Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2:45pm

Had to share my new spinning technique.  It’s handspun wire core yarn.  At yesterday’s class, we created batts with our own color schemes.  We were then taught how to use jewelry wire as a core to handspin our carded roving over the wire.  What fun & what endless possibilities for jewelry making!  I can see already I’ll be buying lots of wire for this new spinning technique!

My handspun wire core yarn for jewelry making!



This Year’s Winners at the 2017 Grahamsville Little World’s Fair
Sunday, October 8, 11:08am

Hi Everyone,

Very excited about these two sweaters both hand knitted by me with our very own Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm yarn!

The sweater on the left is knitted with our Border Leicester 100% wool worsted weight and the sweater on the right is knitted with our bulky Finnsheep mohair blend.  Both sweaters were a joy to knit and….both yarns are available to buy on our website and Etsy store.

Why not start your Christmas gifts now with hand made creations using our natural color, super soft, luxurious yarns!

Hand knits my me and Blue Ribbon winners!

 

 

 



Summer’s splendor of 2017
Saturday, August 19, 1:58pm

Here is a beautiful photo of our Olie lounging in the tall grass, enjoying the sun in front of the lush, green hillside.  Summer is quickly fading but only in our thoughts.  Getting ready for fall festivals and its boundless beauty.  Join me on 9/3/17 at Bethel Woods Alpaca Festival from 11-4PM.  Shop your favorite wool novelties, lotions & Christmas ornaments.  Yes Christmas!  Happy rest of summer to everyone!

Our Olie enjoying the sun & scenery!

 



Meet Charlotte….our new ewe Finnsheep lamb!
Friday, July 7, 8:17pm

Here’s our little Charlotte eating out of my hand already!  She’s our newest member to the farm flock.  Her name means little & womanly and you can believe this lamb is already independent, sociable, affectionate and adorable!  Stay tuned and watch her grow up on the farm!

Lovely Charlotte

Lovely Charlotte



Our sweet little cupid!
Saturday, February 11, 9:27am

Our Sadie helping her friends at fundraiser!

Sadie helping her friends at fundraiser!

Here’s are sweet little Sadie posing at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, Rocky’s Refuge.

Don’t forget to check out our new yarns on our shopping page….new worsted and bulky weights.  Dreamy to knit, crochet or anything with.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!



It’s 2017…Happy, Happy New Year from all of us on the farm!
Sunday, January 1, 1:31pm

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Loved this picture of our white barn against this brilliant blue sky.  It is a beautiful first day of the new year in upstate New York.  We wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year bringing you all of life’s best wishes.

Looking forward to new projects, new ideas & new determination!

 



It’s Christmas Eve…..not a creature was stirring…
Saturday, December 24, 8:42pm

Here’s are little Sadie with Santa at a fundraiser for an animal rescue shelter called Rocky’s Refuge in Roscoe, NY.   All of us at Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm wish you peace, joy, love and happiness.  Merry Christmas!

Sadie Milady with Santa

Sadie Milady with Santa



Another great year at Rhinebeck!
Thursday, November 10, 9:03pm

So happy with this year’s ribbons won at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival.  Pictured here are my hand spun yarn entries with my Border Leicester and Finnsheep wool – entries in both natural colors and hand dyed.  Thank you my Meg & Peppermint!  It was a great festival.  I took 2 classes – one in willow basket weaving and the other in weaving on a circle loom.  Both were very good with excellent instructors.   As always, can’t wait until next year!

This year's hand spun yarn ribbons!

This year’s hand spun yarn ribbons!

 



Look at our new wool/mohair blend yarn!
Friday, July 29, 9:41pm

Silky soft & lustrous..our new Finnsheep wool & mohair blend yarn in “Silver Pearl.”  Named for its beautiful shining pewter color with pearl highlights.  Simply a dream to knit, crochet or anything with!  To purchase shop our online store.

Our very own Finnsheep/Mohair blend yarn

Our very own Finnsheep/Mohair blend yarn



Me….loving my sheep!
Sunday, May 15, 2:40pm

Love my girls and guys!

Here is a picture of me with my girls and guys!  Spending quality time giving hugs and kisses!  Pictured here are some of my Finnsheep & Border Leicesters.



Meet Sadie Milady – Our new Beagle puppy!
Sunday, January 31, 4:55pm

New to our farm and family our 8 week old Beagle puppy.  We named her Sadie – and Milady – well just went perfect together! She is a handful and loves our Dachshunds.  They on the other hand are a bit weary.  They forgot what it was like to be a puppy. She loves being outdoors and this winter is perfect for raising a puppy.  Stay in touch for more photos as Sadie explores the world for the first time!

Miss Sadie milady!

Miss Sadie Milady!

Welcome to Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm Sadie Milady!



Happy New Year 2016!
Friday, January 1, 9:13pm

All of us at Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm wish you a Happy New Year!  May 2016 be a year of joy & prosperity. May you learn new things and shine at what you do!  Pictured here is my collection of silver bells – 25 years of collecting starting with my first bell given to me as a gift in 1990.   I thought this was an appropriate picture to “ring” in the New Year!

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A Great Day at Dickens on the Delaware!
Sunday, December 13, 12:28pm

What a wonderful event in Callicoon!  The Victorian era came alive at the Western Hotel and streets of town!  This was the 2nd Annual Dickens and truly a day to remember.  Can’t wait for next year!  Thank you to everyone who organized and donated to this magical event.

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Another fantastic Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival – 10-17-15
Saturday, October 31, 8:20pm

Hi everyone!

Well, it was another fantastic Sheep & Wool Festival at Rhinebeck.  On Thursday I went to a felting class, Friday I went to turn in my competitions & stroll the fairgrounds watching everybody set up and Sunday we went back to take it all in.

Pictured here are the ribbons I won this year for hand spun yarn.  Roving complements of my Border Leicester sheep Meg & Jasper.  Dyed skeins are also Border Leicester dyed on the farm & lastly an Alpaca hand spun.

Needless to say, I can’t wait until next year!  Only 50 more weeks to go!

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Ribbons I won for hand spun yarn



Callicoon Art Walk – Sat 10/10 – 12-8PM
Friday, October 9, 9:10pm

Get your “Little Neck” Christmas tree ornaments at the Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm table.  Shop all our warm, woolly products – hand knits, yarn, dryer balls, insoles – all 100% wool of course!  Also Lambkin’s lanolin skin products.

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Little Neck Christmas Tree Ornaments

 



Alpaca Festival at Bethel Woods
Saturday, September 5, 4:05pm

For a fun-filled family day come to the Alpaca Festival at Bethel Woods (Woodstock site) Sunday 9/6 from 11-4PM & shop the Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm table for all our products – yarn, insoles, dryer balls, hand knits, Lambkin’s Lanolin creams.  Also, new products for the 1st time!!  Spinning demo by me all day long!!  Stop by & introduce yourself….

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Flower of hand dyed 100% wool yarn with dryer ball!



Meet our new 3 month old Finn lambs…. Anna and Alli
Monday, August 17, 7:29pm

Look who just arrived!  Our new 3 month old Finn lambs named Anna and Alli. We went to pick up Alli (baa baa black sheep) and couldn’t resist the badger face lamb.  Her colors are amazing!  I can’t wait to spin her fleece next year.  The Finnsheep have been a wonderful edition to our flock of Border Leicesters and Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.  Not only do they have a beautiful soft fleece but they are like having puppy dogs around.  They are warm and affectionate and love to nibble your finger tips!  Stay in touch for more pictures of little Anna and Alli as they venture out into our world at Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm!

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Why not try spinning this summer?
Sunday, May 31, 8:13pm

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Hand spinning – the perfect summer project to learn.  Spinning outdoors (or indoors) is a wonderful way to relax. Become one with your wheel and experience the feel of the fiber going through your fingers.  It is mesmerizing!   Here at Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm we have beautiful roving that hand spinners just adore.  Pictured here is our natural white Border Leicester roving.  This roving dyes beautifully and can also be used for felting and craft projects.  Priced at $2.50/oz.  Pick up at the farm or shop our online store or Etsy shop.



Baa Baa Little Black Lamb…..
Tuesday, May 26, 10:06am

BLACK LAMB FINN

So excited about our newest addition to our flock.  Coming to our farm in July our new little pure black Finnsheep lamb….Pictured here on her birthday on May 6, 2015.



NEW Border Leicester Yarn – 100% Wool Skeins
Saturday, April 11, 9:11am

SO EXCITED to offer the beautiful yarn compliments from our Border Leicester flock of sheep!  200 yards, 3 ply, 4oz skeins.  Light worsted weight (DK), 5-6 stitches per inch on size 6 needle.  Yarn is all natural, very soft and dreamy to the touch.  Perfect for dying your favorite colors!  Time to start crafting, knitting and crocheting everyone!  To order visit our product page.  Any questions, please email me.



Shearing Day!
Friday, March 6, 10:39am

Well, it’s that time of year and a little bit late due to the frigid weather we have been having.

A special thank you to Nancy who shears my sheep every year and does a wonderful job.  Pictured here is Nancy with our mascot Willy getting a good haircut or “wool cut.”

It takes the sheep a few days to get used to being “wool less” but it triples my space in the barn.  Amazing how much footage each sheep takes with a full wool coat!

Warm regards to all,

Gail

 

 



Happy New Year from your warm, wooly friends at Will-O-Wool Sheep Farm!
Wednesday, February 11, 7:08pm
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Winter Grazing

The New Year is already heading into mid February.  Hope everyone is having a warm, cozy winter and the knitting needles are working away at creating lots of hats, gloves and mittens galore!!  I’ve been busy knitting Christmas ornaments!!  Also looking ahead to Rhinebeck 2015 and the competitions!!

Stay warm and best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive year!!!

Gail

 



2014 NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY
Wednesday, November 5, 7:06pm

The NYS Sheep and Wool Festival has come and gone.  It is the most fabulous weekend.  Kind of like my Christmas.  I always enter my hand spun yarn and hand knitted garments in the competitions.  This year was the highlight for me.  My FIRST BLUE RIBBON for hand spun yarn!!  Something I’ve been striving for and many years in the making.  Since I am a self-taught spinner this blue ribbon was an accomplishment beyond  belief!  The fleece was from my favorite ewe Meg.  She is a Border Leicester and has the most beautiful roving to spin.  And, her natural color is gorgeous!  I love you Meg!!

Aside from my personal achievements, the festival was terrific.  I took a hand carding class on Sunday which was very good and of course the vendors were great not to mention the inspiration and knowledge gained!  Looking forward to next year already.



Alpaca Day News
Wednesday, October 1, 12:36pm

Great day at Alpaca Day.  Thank you Buck Brook Alpacas for hosting this great event.  I enjoyed spinning and answering lots of questions!



Welcome to The Wooly Blog!
Friday, September 26, 1:41pm

Hello, and welcome to The Wooly Blog! We’ve been giving the website a bit of an upgrade, and what better addition than a place to share pictures and stories from here on the farm, along with updates on new products, specials, and more! So be sure to check in regularly!



Our very own Border Leicester wool yarn!
A beautiful day grazing!
4th place ribbon for hand knit mittens
4th place ribbon for 100% wool hand knit pullover