Yesterday, Sandy and I drove to Ft. Wayne to visit the Richert Ranch, see the sheep and buy some beautiful fleeces from them.
I could be very happy waking up to this scene each morning. They are very lucky.
This is Sherman, their Lincoln ram.
And a few of the Lincoln ewes he’s been loving on this month. I look forward to seeing the wee Lincoln lambs next spring.
Lincolnfolk is a developing breed from a Lincoln/Suffolk cross. It has the bounciness of the Suffolk and the delightful shine of the Lincoln. Sandy and I have three early Lincolnfolk fleeces (S’More, Truffle, and Marshmallow) that we kept for ourselves.
Here’s a sampling of what we picked up.
This is Mini-S’More and is S’More’s daughter. Look at those Lincoln-style locks. And her color is lovely. In fact, it’s actually darker than the photo shows because the sunlight washed the color out quite a bit.
This is Marshmallow Jr, Marshmallow’s daughter. She is a wonderful white like her mother and will wash up nicely.
This is Mini-Truffle, Truffle’s daughter. Yes, so while we aren’t willing to share their moms’ fleece with you all, we can’t keep all the nice ones, and are sharing their daughters’ fleeces with you. Again, the sun washed out the color and the darks are really dark in real life.
Let me show you how much the sun washed out the fleeces’ colors.
This is Poppy, Jr. See how black she is? She’s a Fresian/Lincolnfolk cross. We purchased her fleece. We had to! I mean, just look at that? And That’s Sandy’s hand feeling the lovely softness that is that wool.
This is the photo of her fleece – It really is a true, rich black in real life.
The same with her mother, Poppy. Poppy is a full Fresian, but her wool is less coarse than the Fresian we’ve had in the past. Once this is washed and processed, it’ll get my personal, next-to-the skin test just like the rest will.
We hadn’t intended to get any more pure Lincoln, but Eowyn’s fleece was too nice to pass up. I’m not going to send this to Ohio Valley, though. Instead, I’m going to wash it lock by lock and sell it as locks. I might dye some of it, but, then again, I might leave it all white. I think needle felters will love this fleece and it will make great beards or sheep locks.
The last one we purchased is Gavroche, a Suffolk/Hampshire cross. This will make a nice, bouncy and warm yarn suitable for sweaters, mittens, hats and items like that.
While we were there, Sabrina (the youngest Richert daughter) showed some of her creations. This young lady is a junior in high school and is a very talented artist.
Isn’t this painting of some of their sheep wonderful? I can almost feel the hot summer sun on my shoulders.
And look at this felted painting of Shirley when she was a lamb. For those of you who have been a part of the Fiber Binder Club, or who have purchased the Vol I of the Fiber Binder will recognize Shirley since her lamb fleece was Month 7’s selection.
But my favorite thing Sabrina has done is what’s next!
I really love this horse she needle felted!!! She got the face just right and even delineated the muscle structure of the horse.
Sabrina also makes spindles and we brought back 14 of them to sell on Dyed in the Wool. They will go up in the shop this next week. The proceeds of the sale of the spindles helps Sabrina, Alaina and their mom, Anita, support their flock. Wait until you see how Sabrina has decorated them!
Sandy and I enjoy our time with the Richerts and we cannot wait to get the fleeces back from Ohio Valley. They are going to be so pretty!!!