You probably wonder why the heck I would cross a pure bred with another pure bred. It’s not because we get cute babies. Or, because we have lost our minds. Crosses can serve us well when we don’t have access to all types of wool. For instance, the Dorper has Horned Dorset genetics. This means that the Dorper carries the wool gene but has been bred down to be self-shedding and for meat. When I brought home Gus and Walter, my first discovery was that I could brush their wool off and use it. Some of our Dorpers actually need to be sheared before the Summer heat kicks in. The wool genetic is ever present. By crossing the Dorper with the Leicester, we draw out the best qualities of both breeds. Now we have multi-purpose wool. Pancho has waxy locks with loads of crimp while his Sister Villia has long, lustrous locks that are multi-colored.
Our pure bred Leicesters are a pride and joy thing as well. Honeysuckle was a product of a difficult birth and born prematurely. I worried some about breeding her, but she is so dang beautiful that I couldn’t resist trying. To our excitement she brought us two handsome boys, Clegg and Compo. Both were tiny to start but have bounced back in amazing ways.
Finally, came the Luffolks. Two girls!!!! We love girls because we don’t have to factor in the issues that we get with rams. We will not cross these girls again because the idea is to enjoy the wool of the initial cross. Suffolks are not known for long staple but are by far one of the most durable wool breeds out there. They are on the finer side of the medium breeds which will soften the Leicester wool. We will most likely be blessed with two different fleeces that can serve many purposes from knit to weave to felt.
Shopping the Sheepwalk has not been easy. I must apologize. It is always a firm belief that I never compete with my shops, but now that The Sheepwalk is home at Suzoo’s once again, the policies have changed.
HOW TO ORDER
You can always email me with your inquiries. Either way I will want to check in and make sure you get the correct yardage or if you need any variations.
Second option, check the most recent colors at the top. There is an active link on some images for PayPal.
Note: Any order placed online is considered custom and should be so. This is your one-of-a-kind project!
I love 2018. Why? We have our tables set up at Suzoo’s. There’s a comfy home for The Sheepwalk. My new and old friends are bringing us ideas for new classes, how to keep things lively and this makes me want to jump for joy! I have stepped aside for this years Bandera Fiber Arts Retreat as teacher so that I can learn from Dwanna Whitener the Redding Method of dying. This is going to be a game changer for those of us who love to play with color, texture and fiber!
My epiphanies for 2018 are The Shetlanders which takes me home. I love all things Fair Isle, wooly and potentially Scottish. Many of the samples knit for the shop are influenced by the Nordic, British and Celtic traditions. You can find Jamiesons yarn here and now with the help of Tina, we will have a color works mixer with 100 and 200 yard put ups in the fingering Merino 6/2. Most colors can be custom dyed in to the standard 600 yard skeins too.
Meet the Shetlanders: 01 being the darkest to 07 to the lightest! And don’t forget to catch a glimpse of my first of the Fair Isle series “New Mexico Way”!
Well, I finally did it. I broke down and did the one thing I said I didn’t want to do. No, these aren’t sprinkles. These are touches of color that make a mottled color pop with unexpected lights and darks. The first batch are heading over to the Kilted Weaver for a sample and the worsted is up for grabs.
100% Super Wash Merino, 6/4, low twist, 185 yards, $14.80 per skein. Purchase online!
We have been thrice blessed by finding this storefront. When I left the Loom Room abruptly it meant taking the whole shop with me. For the first time in three years Suzoo’s Wool Works and The Sheepwalk would be together again. I had opened up a shop in the Old Forge then was moved to the Bakery. From there, I had two wonderful years at Gone Quiltin’ with the rest of my yarn at The Loom Room.
October 2017 Rose of The Saltwater Weaving Co. and I joined forces. A move I will not forget! So we hope to see you soon and remember that this means I can custom dye for you, work with your color schemes and help you plan out projects. Yahooooooo!!!!!
I love, love, love this yarn base. Merino/Tencel blend in fingering weight ~ 10/2 equiv. for warping and AMAZING. Colors are richer, shine is shinier and the minimal elasticity means you can warp or knit with this yarn which is why it has been named:
Fingering ~ 10/2 Low Twist
600 yards – 4 oz. approx
(My camera and the light are not cooperating. Hues in larger swatch are most accurate.)
The naming of colors is a difficult matter.
It isn’t just one of your every day games.
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter,
But a yarn color must have a very unique name.
This series is focused on the subtle hues of the beach communities. Everything starts out bright and vibrant, but the long days in the sun create the awesome fade leaving us with some mottling.
TRUNK SHOW IS UNDERWAY AT SHEARED SHEEP!
This Summer I will have my first mini Trunk Show at Sheared Sheep in Newport Beach, CA. The featured color is “Newport” but there will be a plethora of brights to earthys to go through. I will also bring a few Wild Cards with me as well!
Show starts after Noon and ends mid-afternoon on Saturday.
Sheared Sheep has been a part of my story since 2014. Peggy has opened her doors to my color ways making yarn accessible to the locals who knew me at Suzoo’s Wool Works. For this, I am extremely thankful.
There will be light refreshments on the patio from 12-3.
Note: There will be a class in the store. Thank you for understanding!
Silk, tencel and any other natural fibers you can think of too! Kid ‘n Ewe is a local event that promotes the fiber arts and production industries in Texas. It’s a place to learn, buy product and create!
Obviously I am not getting rid of my sheep. I was told by a competitor who was just a friend at the time…”totally ditch the sheep.” Right. So That would make it just a name. And now Abigail goes with me every where I go!
What’s new? Well for starters I am raising Dorpers and my mascot is Abigail. She has black polka-dots on a white fluffy body and is by far my favorite first Ewe. Probably because I bottle fed her. I have decided to define myself as The Sheepwalk Hand Dye Studio since most of my design work is under the Suzoo’s Wool Works hat. And now to explain how this all works.
Suzoo’s Wool Works is the Mama company: knit, crochet, felt, weave, hook, spin, appliqué, demonstrate and create! During my time in California I created my hand dyed yarn line which has grown in to fiber and wool fabric. The Sheepwalk was my epiphany two years prior to her creation. I was sitting in the office in our little apartment in Oberwart, Autria when I decided to ask the question…”what would my name be if I was a yarn shop?” By chance The Sheepwalk just happened. I typed in the words several times and each search brought me back to one really great definition. The Sheepwalk is the path the sheep take to market! And, a hand dye business was conceived, two years later born and here we are 10 years later in the Texas Hill Country moving forward.