Pure Wool Yarn – Recounting Its Journey

There is an adventurous path that pure wool travels, from the sheeps’ backs to a knitter’s hands and needles. Many hands are involved. On shearing day at the barn, one of our Topsy farmers encourages the sheep up a ramp to the upstairs shearing area, where...

Breeding Sheep Season

  Breeding sheep can be complicated.  Four months, three weeks and four days, or 142 – 148 days: that is the gestation period of a lamb. Our shepherd, Christopher, uses that calculation to determine when to put the rams into the flock. We want our ewes to...

Sheep Have Bad Press

    How many disparaging phrases have you heard about sheep?  “Led like sheep to the slaughter”; “The black sheep of the family”; “A wolf in sheep’s clothing”… “Not fair” says our shepherd Christopher, and we agree. Sheep’s instinct to herd is their...

Shearing Season on the Sheep Farm

  These pregnant ewes are on their way to the barn to be shorn. Their instincts to protect their young lambs from bad weather is enhanced by mamas having thin coats too. Shearing time is the most challenging few days of the year for our farm: we can’t shear wet...