Oh No- Farewell to Celebrity Sheep Shrek

  Was Shrek the world’s wooliest sheep? Sad news from New Zealand this summer as Shrek died. He achieved celebrity status in 2004 when he was finally sheared after eluding clippers for 7 years  by hiding in caves during shearing seasons.His fleece weighed nearly 30 kilos!  He spent the next 7 years touring , earning up to $NZ 16,000 per appearance (no idea how much that is), inspired 3 books and developed a facebook page. Shrek’s owner called him ” an elder statesman. He taught us a lot.” hmmm… In any case, he is just spectacular.

When I was young, we had a sheep called Henry the Lamb ( yes, that was his full name). Henry grew huge over the years, was shorn by Ladybird Johnson during her beautify America kick and inspired a children’s book. When Henry died (in my mother’s arms), he seemed as big as Shrek but it was all muscle (ok,  maybe fat too) not wool covering. Henry did not like  the male humanoid  species. Whenever my father drove home, he would zoom around the circular driveway 3-4 times with Henry in hot pursuit and then quickly emerge and race into the house. Henry also tormented my younger brother- he particularly liked to hide behind bushes ( or at least he thought he was hiding) and then charge at any opportunity. And who said sheep are dumb ?  Still makes me laugh….

 

Woolfest 2010

I love Woolfest, I love the Lake District. My stand looked like this:

If Debonnaire was a sheep- it would probably be a wensleydale- sorta messy but interesting:

Here are some other favs   :

and a lovely customer knit ( wave wrap):

many thanks to all involved!

WOOLFEST 2009

What a wonderful show- best sheep ever and stunning area. here’s my stall looking crammed to the rafters as usual- somehow missed snapping the Herdy sheep which were Scott’s favorites. This is definitely worth the trip from London  for  the  fibre obsessed- I wanted to buy everything….. and just about did.

It has been a very frantic last six weeks- another trip to the States for Alex’s graduation and celebrations and my 35th high school reunion (.. gasp..) , a move out of our  house in Suffolk ( which entails trying to fit another large lot of furniture into our already crammed London house). And showing at the Wimbledon village fair which was fantastic. As a result of the move, I have been forced to move a good deal of my stock into temporary storage until I get this house sorted out and have thus delayed plans for a summer open house  and sale. However, I managed to keep quite abit of yarn here and  I can get to anything  easily. Also,  have managed to sort out credit card facilities, so if you do need anything, just call and I can send it out. Please feel free to drop by as well!

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