Why Polypay?

Because I found a flock living nearby. And they look pretty healthy, happy, and loved.

Because the first step in a repeatable yarn is a consistent fiber source.

Because Bev, the shepherd of this particular flock, has gone to great lengths to breed for fleece quality and softness.

Because Martin said this is a healthy flock with beautiful fleece. He shears most of the sheep around these parts, and I respect his opinion


Polypay is an Idaho breed!


Because fiber people are nice, and the first fleece I ever carded in entirety was given to me by a generous mentor. It was Polypay, and I dyed it with Kool Aid in a microwave and blended the colors together with my hand cards. It was a pretty awesome rainbow.

Because the socks I made with my Kool Aid Polypay are among my favorites, and have worn to a shiny finish, and held up substantially better than the standard overworked merino.

Because the Kool Aid Polypay episode opened so many doors for me, leading me down the happy and winding roads of breed research and experimentation, yarn construction, crimp, twist and ply, and the beginnings of a drop spindle addiction. The breed itself has been a mentor, a band of knowledge to fall back on and compare all else with, a port of entry into the wonderful spirit of the fiber community.

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And because after discovering many favorite breeds gleefully and cataloguing with my humble hand cards and spindles –Rambouillet, Cormo, Targhee, Corriedale, Wensleydale, BFL, to name a few -- I come back to Polypay as versatile, strong, shiny, bouncy, lovely. Multipurpose. If I could have just one breed? Oh, please don’t make me live in such a world… But if so, I might just pick Polypay.