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International Heritage Breeds Week
- Learn more about critically endangered US sheep breeds. Photo & text: Am Livestock Breed Conservancy
Hog Island is a barrier island off the coast of Virginia. Historically, small populations of people and livestock have inhabited Hog Island for hundreds of years. In the 1700’s, a flock of sheep was established on the island using locally available sheep of British origin.
The last sheep were removed from Hog Island in 1974 when the Nature Conservancy purchased the island. Four years later, Virginia Coast Reserve agents found, to their surprise, a thriving flock of sheep on the island. This is a testament to the extreme hardiness of these animals

Hog Island sheep are excellent foragers and prefer to browse rather than graze, if given the opportunity to do so. They stay in very tight flocks and are extremely alert in nature.
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For more info about heritage breeds visit:
www.livestockconservancy.com
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International Heritage Breeds Week
- Learn more about critically endangered US sheep breeds.

Santa Cruz sheep are named for Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California. Sheep have been on the island for at least 70 years and perhaps as long as 200 years.
Santa Cruz sheep are exceptionally hardy, with virtually no birthing problems, a high survival rate, and an ability to thrive on marginal forage.

The Santa Cruz Island sheep breed is an important genetic resource. Its historic background, long period of isolation, and adaptation to a challenging environment have given the breed an array of characteristics not found among commercial breeds.

Interested in fiber from this rare breed and live in eastern U.S? One of the preserving breeders are located in Lancaster county, PA

www.littleflowerfarm.net
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For more info about heritage breeds visit:
www.livestockconservancy.com
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#heritagebreed #sheep #sheepfarming #sheepbreeding #raresheep #visitlancastercounty #lancastercounty #rarebreed #santacruzsheep #ravelry #heritagebreedweek #wool #yarn #marylandsheepandwool #mdsheepandwool #blacksheepgathering #newyorksheepandwool #iowasheepandwool #wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival #lambtown #wildfibers

International Heritage Breeds Week
- Learn more about critically endangered US sheep breeds. Photo: Livestock Conservancy
The Florida Cracker is one of the oldest breeds of sheep in North America. It is believed that these sheep developed from sheep that the Spanish first brought to the southeastern United States in the 1500's.
With their strong parasite resistance, high lamb survivability, heat tolerance, excellent mothering instincts and good fleeces - the Florida Cracker has much to offer.
For more info visit:
www.livestockconservancy.com

www.floridacrackersheep.com
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I love this potter. She makes me giggle.

My next natural dye experiment- using dahlia petals. I deadheaded the first set of blooms off the dahlia in my garden and put them to dry in my big book of Hogarth engravings. Hopefully by the end of the summer I’ll have enough blooms to get a rich gold on these skeins I picked up at @mdsheepwoolfest ! There’s something really exciting and magic to me about foraging for dye ingredients- I bought these dahlias without realizing they were dyestuff, then I did a little research and discovered a beautiful yellow dye was right under my nose ✨🌞
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#naturaldye #fiberwitch #knitstagram #mdsheepandwool #thebmorecreatives

Impatiently waiting for my allergies to clear up enough to enjoy cheese again, since I have this beautiful @mdsheepwoolfest haul to dig into when I have functioning sinuses. (Yes, there’s even goat cheese.) 🐐🐑🧀 @shepherdsmanorcreamery @caprikornfarms #cheese #goatcheese #sheepcheese #gouda #tomme #feta #caprikornfarms #shepherdsmanorcreamery #mdsheepandwool #sheepandwoolfestival #cheeseshopping #mswf2018 #ilovecheese

A few pics from the weekend with. Some beautiful people. Sleeping babies. My very own pasta lamb from Arielle for my work table. Eggs from Becky’s chickens. Us. (And sry Ellen I said I wouldn’t but I couldn’t help it🙂) Thank you to everyone who was there & stopped at my booth. It was a fabulous show & I really appreciate all the positive feedback. My work is solitary and your support keeps me going. I hope to see you again next year. xxx #feelinggrateful #mdsheepandwool #mdsheepandwoolfestival #greenbridgepottery #shepherdsheyfarm

What a difference the Howard's feed and wax makes. I won an older #ashfordtableloom at #mdsheepandwool auction. Super dried out but it is soaking up the Howard's.

Still daydreaming about the amazing time I had at the #mdsheepandwool festival this past weekend, and thinking about how I am going to process my very first fleece ✨

And the crowning glory of the weekend! An amazing gray Romeldale fleece (blue ribbon winner!) from Marushka Farms and a morrit (brown) Romeldale x Merino cross from Quail Hill. Check out that crimp! 😍 #sheepfleece #handspinnersofig #mdsw2018 #mdsheepandwool #sweaterbound #haulthethird

And the MDSW proper haul, (non-fleece). Amazing mug from Pawley Studios, Dusty's Vintage Buttons find for a planned cardigan, Maine Top Mill fiber blend samples, Gale's Art sock blank, new Buffalo Wool Co. Prairie base, and all the fabulous stitch markers from the swap! #pawleystudios #dustysvintagebuttons #mainetopmill #galesart #buffalowoolco #mdsw2018 #mdsheepandwool #haulthesecond

It was a fabulous weekend at MDSW, but it always takes me a day or two feel like I've got my bearings again! 😂 Taking stock of my haul for the weekend, here's the "pre-parties", Needles Up & Indie Popup at The Knot House. Sucre Sucre cheese board keeper, Classy Squid baby camel/silk, Swift Yarns Bliss Sock, Farmer's Daughter Foxy Lady, Duck Duck Wool Silky Singelton. The last two fade perfectly with my La Bien Aimee skein! #needlesup #knothouseyarns #sucresucreminiatures #classysquidfiberco #swiftyarns #farmersdaughterfibers #duckduckwool #haulthefirst #mdsw2018 #mdsheepandwool

What did you get at #MDSW? We love seeing all the awesome posts of MDSW hauls - if you got something from the Knitspot/@barenakedwools booth, please share and tag!

#Repost @ladykillmoves ・・・
My beautiful haul from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival today. @day_man_mcas treated me to this gorgeous interchangeable knitting needle set by Lykke for no reason other than that I wanted it ... It’s so gorgeous I want to cry ;A; I also fell in love with this Knitspot pattern - it’s perfect for a light fichu to pair with my 18th Century inspired outfits ! And I buy yarn from Briar Rose every year - they never disappoint with their gorgeous colorways and textures. This year I left with a skein of Sea Pearl, a merino and tencel blend in a shade that matches my hair!
#knitting #lykkeknittingneedles #briarroseyarn #seapearl #knitspot #fichu #mdsheepandwool

My haul from #mdsheepandwool was small because I was busy catching up with dear friends. I was really excited to get some more #yarnhero sock yarn, though. #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #stashenhancement

Betty is still recovering from MD Sheep & Wool. 🤣😅😄 Thanks to everyone who said hi & took a picture with her over the weekend! Stayed tuned for her next adventure! #bundleupbetty #andresueknits #mdsheepandwool #mdsw2018 #adventuresinknitting #danceswithwoolrva2018

Sunday was the #mdsheepandwool festival with @periwinklerat ! We met an alpaca. Always a fun time.

Seriously. #mdsheepandwool

An overcast day meant not as great photos this time round, but the sheep were just as lovely in person as always #mdsw #mdsw2018 #marylandsheepandwool #marylandsheepandwoolfestival #mdsheepandwool

#mdsheepandwool scores 🐑🐑🐑 #handmade #handspun

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