I've always loved history. I was blessed to grow up with a granddad who was a natural storyteller. He lived through so many changes, he knew so many interesting people - including Henry Ford, and although he never graduated high school, he was always well-read on current events. His stories captivated me from my earliest memories.
At the age of nine, I learned to knit in our local 4-H club. Using yarn to create loops and fashioning something both useful and artistic captured me from the start. I was sixteen and showing rabbits in 4-H when I met a lady who raised Angora rabbits. She came to a rabbit show with her rabbits ... and a spinning wheel. I was hooked. It took me a few months to save enough money to purchase my first spinning wheel, but it was worth every penny.
I was thirty before we had the land and opportunity to buy my first sheep. I started with a mixed flock but quickly switched over to registered Border Leicesters. Today, I have just a remnant of the original flock, but they still give me more than enough wool to keep my fingers busy.
To celebrate the release of this close-to-my-heart story, I'm giving away one of my signature shawls. The Meadowsweet Shawl is named after the lamb in In Sheep's Clothing. It's natural white Border Leicester wool raised right here on our farm. I raised the sheep, sheared the sheep, washed the wool, carded the wool, spun the yarn, plied the yarn, and then knitted the shawl. It's 100% made in Michigan. The shawl is crescent shaped with a raised back to keep your neck cozy warm. The front can be left to curl, as in the photo, or tied or wrapped to close the front.
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