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From sheep to shawl

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By Nathan L. McBroom

For Sandra Topy, the joy of knitting is found in using wool from the goats and sheep raised on her farm to create colorful sweaters, scarves and hats.

Topy, who has been knitting her entire life, said that when she and her husband, Jon, moved to Shelby County in 1994, she made the decision to raise animals that would produce the wool for her yarn.

She said that from sheep to shawl the process is a joy.

"I just have to be connected to nature," she said. "There is great joy in seeing the whole process through."


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