The Making 2018 wall calendar is here, and so lovely!
Each month has a beautiful drawing of a particular breed of sheep alongside a plant used for natural dyeing.
Many of these sheep breeds are unfamiliar to us – how we wish we could represent them all in yarns on our shelves! We did see a few friends, though, like the Finnsheep whose fleece make Tukuwool Fingering, and the Rambouillet whose fleece make Brooklyn Tweed Vale.
This would be a welcome gift for any knitter, spinner, dyer, or sheep-lover this holiday season. Come by the shop to pick one up!
Visitors to our shop often notice a certain recurring theme in our décor.
Yes, we love sheep, for they’re the charming creatures who provide our most beloved fiber: wool.
I can’t tell you how many times we’re asked if our sheep are for sale, and though we hate to disappoint, we can’t part with them; most were gifts given to us by fellow knitters, so they represent Anne’s personal collection.
We welcomed some new sheep to the shop this week, however, and these can go home with you, if you like. These sheep soaps were handmade by our Churton Street neighbor, Lucia Apollo Shaw, who owns a gift and garden shop called the Qi Garden.
They’re made of shea butter and scented with essential oils. Half of our flock smell of sweet grass, and the other, of white tea. You’ll find them nestled together in a big basket near the checkout desk, tucked away in their organza sachets.
Come by to pick up a sheep soap or two, and be sure to stop by Lucia’s shop next time you’re visiting us in Hillsborough!