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Usher in the Cormo Fleeces!

Sweet Billy’s Purebred Cormo fleece is up for grabs now, as are those of his kin:  half Cormo, half Rambouillet lambswool fleeces, covered to limit exposure to vegetative matter, awaiting your deft spinning hands in all their raw glory. Find them through the top menu bar, via This is Wool. and then The Fleecing of Sweet Billy.  You’ll find the
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At the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Fest

It may not have the hype and luster of Rhinebeck, but this little Wisconsin fiber festival is not to be dismissed.  After three solid days there, I feel full to bursting with a renewed sense of vigor and excitement for all things wooly. This Coopworth/Silk roving from Hidden Valley Farm Woolen Mill winked at me as I brushed by.  We’re
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I sheared ten sheep last weekend.

I have a minivan full of fresh-clipped wool. Yet the pounds of wool per acre on my pasture remains as high as ever; none of the shearing was done on my own flock.  I’m about a third into my gig as shearer-for-hire, having started with the relieving of nine lovely ewes of their wool baggage on Saturday.  On Sunday, I
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Day 2.

The second day of Crazy-Cold-Winter-Lambing went something like this: “Ooh, Sweet Baby!  I missed you!  How are you doing?” This is The Beach – a barrel-turned-lamb-heating-chamber.  I defy you to locate another Sheep Hotel with a built in Beach. Ah – here’s Little Georgie.  What a beach bum. Martha acquiesces to the enormous show of affection. “Awww, Silly Ones! Hot
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Lamba lamba

Last Tuesday I began writing this post in my head.  I titled it “Agnes’ Reprise,” owing to her resoundingly successful second round of lambing twins.  Her loss of a strapping ram lamb last June sent my world into a tailspin for a bit, and as it turned out, she was again the first to lamb this season.  One might note
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The Man Hat

First off the needles from my own stash of From Drought is a basic hat for Captain Daddio. I always forget how quickly a hat can knit up – so fast that one can knit it up, block it, find it’s 17 sizes too big, hide it before the Mister comes home, frog it, and reknit it in a handful
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Free Shipping Today

Today’s the Postal Last Hurrah before Christmas.  If you’ve had your eye on something in particular, today’s the day to pull the trigger. Enjoy free shipping on all orders placed today! (Offer applies to continental US; if you’re outside that area, enjoy a 50% discount on standard shipping.  Use this code: wearetheworld ) Maybe Murmur has been whispering to you.
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Yarn Heavy

My last semester of college was spent near Florence, Italy in a study abroad program offering a steady diet of art history.  We regularly ventured into the city to spend hours within the chilly confines of chapels more ancient than I could comprehend.  I met Michelangelo there and read, for one of my courses, some of his homoerotic poetry. I
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This is Wool. for the Handspinner

Finally some offerings for Handspinners! Murmur is the result of a test round with a small woolen mill in the midwest.  I sent in a couple of fleeces and got back in return this lovely roving, which I dyed with the faintest of color.  Murmur is available in 4 oz balls of roving and is ready to be spun into
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Introducing From Drought, the latest harvests of This is Wool.

With no further ado, I’d like to formally introduce you to From Drought. On Ravelry: here.

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