Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Season of Rebirth

After the long, long winter we have had here in Michigan, comes the welcome time of rebirth.  For a shepherdess, the "birth" part is the main focus.  With spring comes the welcome birthing of lambs.  One will find them, literally, springing up around the farm!

This past March 26th was Shearing Day at the farm.

Shearer, William Ricks, Shearing my Karakul Ram

Who can resist a new lamb...or two?
Certainly not Janet and Yvonne!


The Sassy Ewe, Sue Ann Carpenter with 2 new Karakul lamb twins.
They know the voice of their Shepherdess already!

The Shepherdess and 2 new Karakul twin lambs.
The lady loves her sheep and lambs! 

Farm Fresh Karakul Fleece

Farm Fresh Southdown Fleece


Southdown Lamb born March 2014

Southdown Twins born in April 6, 2014


Karakul Twin born March 2014

Southdown Twin born March 2014

Karakul Lamb born April 2014
I love this little lamb!  It looks as though he is saying "Who? Me?"
He steals the show!!!  :)




Thursday, January 9, 2014

Keeping Busy

Even during the coldest days of winter, a Shepherdess has plenty to keep her busy.  The sheep still need to be cared for.  During the especially cold days we've had recently, that included carrying water to the sheep.
What a blessing it is to come back inside to a warm pot of soup, my dogs, and my spinning!

What do I have on my bobbin?  Currently I am working with a combination Southdown roving in Tranquil Sea Color combination.  It should be finished and off the bobbins sometime this weekend.



Here are some of the hand-spun, hand-knit hats that I made with my hand-dyed yarns.




CVM and Blue Face Leicester Roving and hand-spun yarn. This was processed for my by Ohio Valley Natural Fibers.  They do an exceptional job!


This roving and hand-spun yarn is a combination of 73% Mahogany Alpaca, 25% Brown Merino Wool, and 12% Silver Tussah Silk.  So Sweet!


This photo is of my dark brown wool combined with alpaca. I've spun this beautiful yarn into a Heavy Knitting Worsted-Weight Yarn.



This lovely, unique fiber is a combination of dark brown wool and alpaca, which I've combined with hand-dyed salmon-colored wool.


Made especially for U of M Fans!  
This is made using my Southdown wool.  I hand-dyed it Blue with just a touch of Maize.


Here are a couple of the batts that I had made up at Ohio Valley Natural Fiber.  
They are just wonderful!  Toasty Warm!  Thick and Rich 100% Southdown Wool.



You'll notice that they are much thicker than common quilting batts.  These make wonderful Comforters and Mattress Pads.


All of my Batts have SOLD OUT!

I have these Custom Made using my wonderful Southdown Wool.
If you are interested in purchasing a custom made batt, please contact me.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Auction at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE)



~ Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 6:30pm ~

North American International Livestock Exposition
Louisville, Kentucky


Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? How about this pure Southdown wool baby blanket hand spun and knitted by Sue Ann Carpenter from Michigan.

The blanket will be auctioned off at the annual banquet at NAILE to benefit youth activities. Size is 37 by 41 inches value is $160. If you can't attend the banquet, send your bid with another Southdown member!



Sue Ann will be happy to share care instructions for this wonderful baby blanket.  Proper care will extend the life of this item.  Turning it into a multi-generational keepsake.  
She hopes that the recipient enjoys it, as much as she does the entire process of creating it!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sassy Samplings...

 YUMMY!  Violet & Pink Southdown - Hand Dyed, Handspun Yarn - 17 oz

SWEET!   Hand Dyed, Hand Spun, Turquoise Southdown!


SOFT!!! 8 oz of Black Alpaca.  10 More ounces to be spun!



UNIQUE!  Natural Brown Wool / Alpaca with Salmon colored dyed wool. 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weidman Craft Show Trifecta !!! Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

The Sassy Ewe 

will be at:

Weidman Eagles Club 
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 from 9 am - 3 pm


Three area Weidman groups are hosting local Crafters & Artisans!
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013



Weidman Community Building (Bridge Street behind the bank) 9 am - 4 pm
Weidman Eagles Club (Weidman Road behind the Fire Dept) 9 am - 3 pm
Weidman Methodist Church (3200 N Woodruff Road ) 9 am - 2 pm

All 3 shows will be serving lunch.
There is a Bake Sale at the Eagles Club.
A Cookie Walk at the church.

Table Spaces are Still Available!  
Please call: 989-644-3257 or 989-506-2647

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shearing Day

Today was shearing day at the farm.  One escapee, and all the others were shorn.  Unfortunately, taking pictures while wrestling sheep is impossible.  Really pleased with the quality of the fiber, here at the farm. Here are a couple post-shearing shots.

White Karakul ewe lamb.  Freshly shown.  Showing wonderful breed characteristics.


Fleece from White Karakul ewe lamb is at least 6".


Fleece from the Black Karakul ram is a good 6", as well.


Black Karakul ram lamb fleece is about 6" long with sunburned tips.  


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Upcoming Events!

The Sassy Ewe will be at the Craft Show at Brooks Corners Church in Evart this Friday, September 13th through Saturday, September 14th.

On Sunday, the 15th, you can find her at SW Michigan Harvest Festival at Tillers International, Scotts, MI.

Stop in and take a look at the wonderful, natural, wool roving, hand-dyed roving & yarns, and more!  

Visit awhile.  Learn about the life of a Shepherdess, dyeing, spinning, knitting...and More!

Blooming Roses. Hand-Dyed by the Sassy Ewe from Southdown Sheep. Processing by Frankenmuth Woolen Mill.

Little Girl's Favorite! Pink & Purple Southdown Roving.  Fresh from Frankenmuth Woolen Miill.


U of M Colors for the coming season. 


Wool, Mohair, Shetland, Alpaca, Llama, Dog Hair, Wool.
Handspun Yarns in Natural Colors


 Handspun, Hand-Dyed Southdown