|Cute and Beautiful: Valais Blacknose Sheep|
There are now herds and breeding programs that have been started in Scotland and the Netherlands. I would love to introduce this breed to Australia, but unless I win the lottery to deal with the import, quarantine etc, that is not going to happen. Instead I have been working to get this cute overload to you in another way in the shape of another one of my rare sheep breed adventures.
Tonight you will be able to get your hands on natural or hand dyed tops , but more on this later in this blog.
It just seems the July clubs have just been shipped out and before you know it, the August clubs are well on their way to get ready and shipped next week! Which means that we are almost near the end of the current club period and the exciting start of the next ! So, sign ups for the next club months starting in October ! The last Club sign ups for the year 2018!!! Can you believe it?? Time flies when you are having fun that is for sure ! lol
Alpine Silver TopsThis new adventure is all about the Swiss cutest sheep : the Valais Blacknose!
These Valais Blacknose Sheep hail from Switzerland and I have combined their fibre with some lovely super soft fibres. Their fleece is not normally close to skin wear, but you know what I am going to say: blending a coarser fleece with angora and cashmere and doing some of my blending magic: it will be soft enough to wear close to skin!! Of course a high micron sheep’s fleece will not compare to super fine 13 micron merino or pure cashmere or angora, but every fibre has its purpose and every fibre can be blended to change the overall use. Everything has value, everything can be used and loved and cuddled.
The Valais Blacknose sheep originate in the Valais region of Switzerland. They are a dual-purpose breed, raised for meat and wool. The black patches on its nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet and otherwise light woolly coats make them quite unmistakable. They are a heritage breed, well-suited to living in the extreme climatic conditions of the high mountains. They are good at grazing steep, rocky slopes. Both sexes are horned. The earliest mention of the breed dates back to 1400 A.D., but they were first recognized as a separate breed in 1962.
Here are some photos of the lovelies in their natural habitat:
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Dates to put in your Calendar
Sunday September 30th
Corner Henry and John Street , Pakenham
9.30 - 3.00pm
This awesome event is hosted by the Black & Coloured Sheep Breeders of South East Victoria
There will be craft demos, wonderful fleeces, a petting farm from the Elisabeth Murdoch College, Raffle prizes and of course a huge amount of stall holders offering fantastic fluffy fibres and yarns.
I will be there again as well of course (would not miss it for the world) and I will have some new products again that could not be ready for the Bendigo Show like, natural dyes, plant seeds to grow your own dye garden, natural dye kits, new yarn and design kits as well as my usual range of super fluffy yarns and blends.
I will give you a nice overview closer to the date to help you prepare your shopping list ;-)