Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Needing A Lanolin Fix


It's always this time of year, from Mid-August to October that I have a have a hankering for lanolin in the flesh.

In short, I always flirt with the idea of getting sheep again.

We are juuuuuuuust beginning to tip into my favorite season of fall. Remember my previous post about that? The wool sweaters, the crunchy leaves and the apple pie? (actually, did I mention apple pie in that post? If not, then imagine that I did.) Now, wool sweaters makes me think of, hmm, wool. And wool comes from sheep. I like sheep. I like them a lot. And it's as we're tipping into and finally embracing Autumn that I need a lanolin fix. To hear those funny 'Baah's' and feel yarn still in the primitive state on the back of an ovine. The annual Flock and Fiber Festival in September both helps the fix and hurts it. I hang out in a barn full of sheep for the day which feels great, but it also makes me want a flock of my own again. A few summers ago I got to "babysit" a quartet of Katahdins, and I loved those creatures. Hmmm... Sheep. 

Any way, just a random muse for y'all. ;)

5 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Remember, with sheep comes shearing... no one here in our area will do a small number of sheep, say, under ten. "Too much trouble"... so that's why sheep never came into my life!

Goat Song said...

I guess I'm lucky; I personally know a few shearers and most of the pros in the area are used to doing 1-5 animals. I'd love to learn to do it myself some day. I can shear alpacas (with electric shears anyway; you DON'T want to see the end result when I have to resort to hand shears!), but sheep are something I have yet to learn...

nancy said...

I always equate sheep in fields of pasture, and chewing everything down to a nub...

Head Farm Steward said...

John Taylor of Caroline agrees with Nancy.

SO, you thinking Roquefort or Feta?

Goat Song said...

LOL, yes sheep DO eat the grass down!

@HFS: I'm still thinkin' Feta. ;) I'd love to add dairy sheep to the mix someday but not yet... I'm a handspinner as well as a teacher of handspinning, so having some live sheep around the place would be handy for me.