Navajo-Churro Wooly Adventure

I received a call recently from a woman – Debby – who had gotten my card from someone and saw that I work with heritage/primitive sheep breeds. She wanted to know if i would be interested in seeing her Navajo-Churo Sheep and possibly buying some fleeces from her.  Silly question!

I made arrangements for a visit to her farm in Hopland – a couple hours west of me. I asked a couple good friends – Dona and Chris – if they’d like to come along on a wooly adventure. They always seem game for a road trip so off we went.

Debby’s farm is in a beautiful valley – very green! We were greeted on our arrival by some very friendly sheep.

"Baaaaa (welcome)!

We met her two llamas, two guardians dogs and another very friendly dog. This llama seems totally relaxed with the sheep.

We also got to see her rams – look at those horns!

Look at this beautiful fleece.

and these very cute ewes – this is a good example of some of the color variety in the Navajo-Churros.

It was fun to see such a variety of colors. And no one will believe this, but we did NOT coordinate our wardrobe today – just all chose to wear our Black Sheep Gathering hoodies for this wooly outing!

After meeting all the wool “on the hoof” we headed for Debby’s wool shed – and Debby opened the “magic” door!

Look what we found in there!

So many fleeces, so many colors, so many choices….. but I finally came up with these…

…and Chris chose three for herself.

Now, we had to get them back to the van….across a plank and up a hill. Chris made it.

I started out and discovered it was tricky to balance hanging onto all those fleeces…

…but I made it and never lost a fleece!

All good adventures end with lunch. Thanks, Chris and Dona for coming along. Can’t wait to see what we make out of all that beautiful wool!

Published in: on February 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. What a great adventure! And what prizes to bring home to make beautiful projects.

    • It was a lot of fun seeing all those sheep. I’ve already washed half of one fleece – a beautiful black and white – and have a lot of spinning ahead!

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