Friday, August 17, 2012

Witchy

My friend Beth likes to dress up as a witch on Halloween and is very Irish so I decided to knit her an Irish Witch for her Birthday. Happy Birthday Beth! 


Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm a Shepherd

Chablis and Chardonnay arrived Monday June 25, 2012! My sister Deneen and her kids Eric, Natia, Mike and Jay went with me to WildGeese Farm in Franklinville NY to pick up the sheep. We loaded them up in Deneen's minivan in a dog crate Lynn at WildGeese gave me. I've been so happy and completely bonkers. I know I've been driving Lynn nuts with my questons. It's pretty amazing having all your dreams come true.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Fence


Yesterday we started work on the fence around the sheep pasture. I can't believe how happy I am! The fencepost are from the Amish. I love how they look  rustic and beautiful against the green pasture. 


My NASSA flock number is 2260. Elder-Berry is the farm prefix. Every day is a day closer to being a shepherd!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fiber Mill


I finally got my yarn back from Battenkill Fibers and I really love it! I say finally because I just couldn't wait for it , but they delivered it in the time slot they promised. Four to six months. The black is from Barbara (the sheep that died shortly after being sheared) and the grey is from Connie (the sheep I gave back to the original owners).
There was alot of waste from second cuttings and I think I need I need to let the farm that has Connie know this. They might want to think about a different shearer. There are about 7- 4oz skeins of the grey and 8- 4oz skeins of the black.  When the mill spins the wool, they add a little oil to help cut down on static electricity. After the finished yarn returns to the owner it has to washed to remove the oil. The picture is of my yarn drying.

My Biggest news......

I bought my first Shetland Sheep!!!!
They are from Wild Geese Farm owned by Lynn and Shawn Bliven. My barn is being Amish built and will be finished by June 15th and my sheep will be ready to be picked up by June 18th. I named them Chablis and Chardonnay.
Chablis was born 4/18/12 and is a Moorit color with Smirslet markings and Chardonnay was born 4/4/12 and is white with brown markings (Yuglet/Flecket/Sokket.) I can't wait to have them home!!!




Chardonnay
Chablis

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spinning

I actually finished some yarn! This is a two ply. One single is from Handpainted Falkland wool I bought on etsy from "FatCatKnits" (Teddy colorway) and the other single is some natural merino roving that I had forever. About 8 oz all together. 11 wpi.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cuss


















April 17th my sheep "Connie" lambed a little Ram and I named him "Cuss."
He is so tiny and cute! My sheep live at a friend's farm until we can build our barn next to the house. Last lambing season Connie did not have a baby and she was so broken hearted. She was stealing babies from the other moms.
This baby has her very happy!
Connie and Cuss are Southdown/ Dorset cross. I want to have Shetlands so Connie and Cuss will be the only ones of their kind at my house.






I have a bazillion UFOs at my house, but I couldn't resist dropping them and finishing a sweater my sister-in-law Patti's mother had started for her in the 60s. It's a "RedHeart" worsted weight yarn pattern on size 13US needles. The sleeves are 3/4 length. She was so close to the finish and it is a quick knit that I don't know why she stopped! I started another one just so I could do the whole thing. I'm doing the sleeves in the round because that's less sewing!




Hilda taught me to make Spaetzle. Ron's family is very German and his mother made spaetzle for soup. Hilda likes it with just cheese. I like it with gravy. Spaetzle is just a dough dumpling basically. Hilda gave me one of her family's spaetzle makers. It was in the family for over 50 years.




Hilda is 83 years old and so very active! I take her yarn whenever I visit and she makes slippers to donate for churches and rehabilitation centers. There were overe 200 pairs on my last visit. Amazing.