Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blow That Horn!

I would like to briefly blow my own horn. In the summer of 2009, I contacted Interweave Press, sent off some Polypay fleece samples to Amy Clarke Moore, the editor of Spin-Off magazine and Carol Huebscher Rhoades, the author of their Fiber Basics articles. I talked to Carol at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, where she teaches some of the Wonders of Wool classes. We emailed several times, I sent some more fleece, took some sheepy pictures, figured out how to transfer said pictures to a disc, signed the appropriate releases and in the winter issue of 2010, our Polypay sheep and fiber were featured! If you look on the left side of the magazine cover, you will see (under "Try these fibers!), "Polypay (what's that??)"

And inside, they answer that question in the form of a Fiber Basics article,written by Carol Huebscher Rhoades and using several of my sheepy pictures and spinning up our fiber for their samples! That's one of our ewes in the picture below.

The entire Polypay spread is eight pages, including pictures and projects. I have to say, we are just thrilled with the article - my 15 minutes of fame, I guess!

7 comments:

Michelle said...

A friend gave me a subscription to SpinOff and I got my first issue -- this one -- today. It will be so much more interesting to read the article now that I have a connection between it and a blog I follow! Congrats!

Dawn Dutton said...

How awesome! Way to go! Congrats....I will have to pick up the magazine.

Theresa said...

Excellent article! Congrats on getting your sheep out there!

Laura said...

I just read the article last night-very well done!

Nancy K. said...

That is AWESOME, Lael! Congratulations. Nothing like a little 'free publicity'.

How on Earth do you take care of so many different kinds of animals? It must take you hours to feed and water! It takes me an hour and I've only got three groups of sheep. (and six groups of chickens) Those damn ROOSTERS are more work than everything else put together! I have FOUR separate bachelor pens for roosters that I INTEND to take in for processing! I just don't know where to take them. ;-)

Stay warm and dry and busy and happy!

Lael said...

Nancy - actually most of the sheep/goats have big, wrapped bales in their respective enclosures, so we just open up a bale when necessary. For the rest, we load the necessary hay into the back of the truck and drive around distributing hay - same with the water - we have a water tank in the back of the truck, fill it at the hydrant and drive around and water everyone (although with snow on the ground, most of them don't drink much water, so there really isn't a lot to watering - I used to worry so about watering everyone, but after several years of lugging buckets and having the sheep stare at me filling their buckets while they stood there munching on snow - well, I don't get all bent out of shape now regarding the water, as long as there is plenty of clean, fresh snow on the ground!)

Becky Utecht said...

Sorry to be coming in really late here, but I just bought this issue of SpinOff magazine and really enjoyed the article about your sheep Lael! Great job getting out there and promoting them!