is a small picturesque farm just outside of Amity in Yamhill County, Oregon. The business specializes in fine fleece from Boulderneigh . For my photo and audio story I talked with owner Michelle McMillen. Shetland Sheep
This is the story of how the fiber farm business got started and how it led Michelle to a newfound interest in
and spinning . knitting
Sheep are a lot like cats, leery of strangers.
Finally, these boys came closer for a look.
All the girls came right to Michelle.
You can see the love she has for her flock.
This field is new growth grass so getting to taste it was quite a treat for this girl.
This little lamb is excited to go for a walk.
Michelle sells fine fleece wool. Here she demonstrates the place midside last rib where fleece is checked to determine quality.
Fleece still on the sheep shows how dirty their coats would be all over if they didn’t wear coats.
Unspun fleece isn’t pretty but will make lovely yarn.
Death is part of raising livestock. Browning, a favorite, died recently.
The lighter color Michelle is knitting with is from her flock.
An electric spindle is efficient but not very portable.
The black fleece Michelle is using in the previous photograph is from Blaze.
The wood item is an old fashioned spindle. It is more portable and Michelle often takes it with her.
One of the sheep had some irregularities so it was sent out to be roved professionally.
Look closely and you can see the durable quality of the knitted wool items.
A scarf that was made from dyed wool.
This is an example of a piece made with natural wool.
Michelle models a scarf she knitted. She loves everything about raising sheep.