If you are interested in sheep and the wonderful things made from their wool, you’ve come to the right place!

These sheep have led me down that Path Less Traveled too.  It is a path full of twists, turns, and rich experiences.  Their wool inspired me to  learn many new crafts….hand processing fiber, dyeing, carding, spinning, knitting, and weaving.  It has been a delightful adventure so far, and hopefully far from over!

If you are eager to see our ongoing fiber journey, you may want to go straight to Our Shops.

But if you want to start at the very beginning, with the sweet creatures that started everything, read on:

Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep

Our farm is located in southwest Missouri and is home to a flock of “Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep”.   For such a long name, they are actually quite short.  Their roots are from a heritage breed that has been around for a very long time!

My adventure as a shepherd began in 2005.  We had been searching for an organic solution for grass and weed control in our vineyard. Although we started with the sheep for a practical reason, before long they had woven their way into my heart.

Between 2006 and 2019 the sheep produced many lambs that were sold as barnyard pets.  In this website, I’ve written a lot about their care and especially about lambing, to hopefully benefit others.

In 2020, my daughter and I decided to concentrate our focus on their wool (rather than producing lambs) due to my parents needing more of my attention.  We will miss the sweet little lambs each spring, but are very excited to continue on our woolly adventure with our sweet friends.  Our”fiber flock”.

Our Shops

Over the years, my daughter has become my true partner in managing the sheep and enjoying their wool.  Both of us maintain Etsy shops:

Made In A Cottage is my daughter’s shop.  She usually has a wider variety of handspun yarns.

My Little Sheep is my shop.  The focus is more on dyed wool and yarns.

Since we enjoy many different fiber arts, our shops reflect our various interests and change often.

If you live in our area, we also offer many of the yarns for sale at our winery:  Lambs and Vines Winery   Since the winery hours vary with the seasons, be sure to check the website before coming.  If you come when the sheep are grazing the winery vineyard (during the fall after the grapes are harvested) you might enjoy sitting on the patio sipping wine while knitting with the wool of the sheep you are watching graze!

Next:  About Babydoll Southdown Wool