Our sheep story ...
It all started around 1998 when John's (my hubby) grandpa decided to slow down at age 90 and get some sheep. He and hiswife got a flock of 10 or so Icelandic sheep. Lo and behold, the ourdoorsman, trapping, hunting, past rancher, named his sheep individually and took to feeding certain favorite ones soda crackers. Our family often went over to help with days when the sheep needed to be worked for vaccinations and such. It was a real nice time for all of us.
Now we have 13 ewes, including a few Icelandics descended from Grandpa's flock. In 2008 I learned about crossing Shetlands with Blue Faced Leicester rams to produce lambs that would be market ready in the Fall. so we started doing that with the introduction of Ramses, our BFL ram. Its worked great for us and we now have several repeat freezer lamb customers, plus less mouths to feed all winter.
I am looking forward to doing "something" with the BFL/ Shetland lamb fleeces that were sheared off the market lambs. It is shinier than Shetland, plus has some neat looking texture with the BFL crimps. Plus we got Ramses pure BFL fleece processed into roving and that will be tons of fun for felting, and probably spinning/knitting too.