A little information on the Hebridean sheep
It's mid February already, and the sun is shining. My log cabin is much warmer and lighter today giving me a feeling that spring is on it's way. For me this is a time to clear out some old designs and some old raw materials, clean away the cobwebs a.nd piles of dog hairs from the corners. I'd love to be able to make more of the very small space that I have, but that will have to go on a wish list. I've been reading through some of the comments from customers, and it's so interesting what you can learn. I'll share a couple with you here: 25 Jan is the Welsh Valentine, Santes Dwynewn, not February 14th Rachel is a Hebrew name, meaning sheep or ewe And talking of sheep, I've recently added a couple of Hebridean sheep designs to my sheep range of cards - well, they are black sheep and have horns. The Hebridean breed, sometimes called the St Kilda sheep, is one of our rare breeds of sheep and can often be seen in nature reserves, parks and stately homes. They are a small breed of sheep that may well have died out if they had not been kept at such places. They are fine animals to look at with their dark fleece and horns - they are often multi-horned, usually with 4 horns - which is one of the reasons they have been a popular breed for stately homes. The fleece is black or dark brown, often with grey tinges as they get older. It's a fairly course fleece, but nevertheless is popular with handspinners. It is often used in rug weaving. They are related to other North European breeds such as Shetland, North Ronaldsay, Manx Loghtan and Icelandic. These breeds are all small and hardy, and thrive in poor condions.