First time I have ever entered a fleece judging contest.  What do you know?Bunny, our 2.5 year old Shetland ewe, won Class Champion in the "Medium" Wool Weight at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival this past month.  I'm always saying that it's a good thing she has such a beautiful fleece, otherwise I wouldn't be able to find any redeeming value in her as she is skiddish, loud, and unfriendly.  A rare ewe in my flock(though she's just like her mother, Winky.)Well, I guess she showed me that she's got the right to baa if she wants to.  ...more


Back in September I wrote about the scarf I made for my mother from yarn she picked out at the Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  It was a gorgeous variegated yarn from Roving Acres, a family farm in Ohio, and I feared not having enough to finish the scarf so I bought two skeins.  The scarf only took one and I left it up to my mother to decide w...more

MAKE :: Wool Spiral Flowers (Craft Tutorial)

This is a perfect project for using up pretty bits of yarn. I love to make them with handspun and/or single ply, but they would work well with plied wool yarn as well. Attach a bobby pin or hair elastic for a one of a kind hair decoration.  Or add a brooch pin, even stitch them right to your finished garment for a sweet embellishment.  Stitch a piece of wool felt to the back for stability and you have a pretty button!...more
You make it look so easy! I'm going to try this tonight. So far I've always bought litlle ...more

My Family's Farm: A Story in Wool

My paternal grandparents were farmers, in Ohio. As long as I knew my Grandmother Rouse, she was in a wheelchair. She had developed Multiple Sclerosis sometime around the time I was being born and I never remember her anywhere but in the wheelchair, in the front room of her house....more

Fall Wrapups

I am still in my honeymoon phase with fall. The weather is getting colder but it’s not unbearable by any means – yet. It merely nudges me towards cozier, cushier fashion accessories. Like these wraps and shawls that caught my attention recently…...more

Rocking Dog Ranch

Visit me at to see my daily musings as I live my life with sheep and my border collies that work them!  I share tips on training, trialing, and life with working sheepdogs...mixed with the lively happenings of raising sheep.....and a family.   Seize the Day!...more

Felt Bowls: A Craft You Can Use

Although I come from a family with generations of knitters, I have somehow missed the knitting bandwagon. Truth is, I've tried to learn, but it has never clicked. Until last month. And from one month to the next, I've gone from a non-knitter to a knitting fanatic. I'm hooked. (Too bad I didn't learn to crochet; that would be a great line!) ...more

Nancy ~ The Wife Of A Dairyman
I love the bowls! I used to knit when I was a kid and have ...more

Eco-friendly Wool Yarn for Green Knitters

Does the cold winter weather have you staying in to knit warm woolen mittens and scarves? If so, you may be going through the same conundrums I'm dealing with. DIY knitting can be a very eco-friendly hobby, but knitters who want to keep their handmade goods environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free will likely find wool yarn shopping challenging, to say the least. ...more

My first giveaway.... but what gives?

I'm hosting my first-ever giveaway on my blog....problem is, no one is entering! I've followed all of the "rules" by promoting it on other giveaway linkys, etc. What gives? What am I doing wrong? Am I too eager and too foolish to think that a blog so new could garner attention from a giveaway? ...more

Thank you-- I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my post. Your comments are very ...more

I like big booties and I cannot lie

A couple of years ago, there was a small movement to sever the legs of those who wore their pants tucked into their boots. Not literally, but even Facebook groups were created in revolt. ...more