Sheep Shearing Day

I’ve had tomorrow’s plans written into my calendar for a year — it’s Shady Side Farm’s Annual Shearing Day in Holland, Michigan. I’m going!

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I met Lona of Shady Side Farm either on her blog (Farming in the Shade) or mine — I can’t remember exactly how the contact started. But we share an interest in wool and in Holland (the Michigan Holland — she lives there, as do my eldest daughter and her husband). AND, just to make the connection even more fun, Lona’s daughter is married to my son-in-law’s friend. Small world, right?

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Anyhow, when I learned last year that she and her husband open their farm up to let folks come watch the shearing, I had to save the date. What a great chance to see the start of the process of turning the incredible “fur” of sheep into amazingly functional, warm, and beautiful things. I’m grateful to those sheep for sharing.

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Hopefully I’ll come home with some good pictures to post here. In addition to the shearing, there will be some skilled folks spinning wool, doing circular knitting of socks, needle felting, and giving plenty of education. It’ll be fun.

Find more information on Shearing Day here. Maybe I’ll see you there?

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All photos from Farming in the Shade at