Being on the internet in the fiber world has given me the opportunity to meet lots of people, make some good friendships, and enjoy the exchange of information, ideas, joy, and sadness with folks I will, in all likelihood, never be fortunate enough to meet.
Little did I know that in my cyberspace world I would meet sheep...let alone sheep that send presents. It's true, I swear. Last week I opened an envelope with a return address "from the Sheep" and lo and behold, there were two skeins of beautifully hand spun alpaca yarn (complete with tiny beads) and a bag of the yummiest alpaca fiber!
This isn't the first time this has happened. I put on my Miss Marple hat and have finally tracked them down to a farm in Wisconsin: Homestead Wool and Gift Farm. These aren't just any sheep...these are pampered sheep...because this farm is a place where farm animals of all sorts are allowed to go live out their lives, despite disabilities and other reasons that would have caused them to not live out full lives otherwise. No animals are ever bred, and NO animals there are ever eaten. While there are other farms that purport to be "animal friendly", this place is the real deal. How do I know this? The sheep told me!!!