Lady Magdalene Put to Pasture
This is freshly completed Lady Magdalene (design by Kimberly DelaCruz) knit during a Ravelry KAL in the Parts of Craziness group. Rather than using a laceweight or fingering yarn, I used a handspun Border Leicester singles that I had spindlespun last summer. The yarn knit into a fuzzy, almost mohair-looking, textile. This piece was roughly pinned out, but not yet washed and blocked. Still the design is fairly apparent. Here’s another picture…
Sam the Ram Lamb and his new Pal Sal
Today, Martha and Randall drove down from SoGa with the best present in the world. A ram lamb for our sheepesses. He’s part Perkins, like our girls, but separated pretty far on that family tree. He was born in January, and has the curliest fleece…and a topknot…and horns! Oh Martha! You are such a peach! Thank you. Look at Sally’s face. I mean…look at that expression. They were all skittish at first and chased and ran and baaaaaed…but now…well…here are some more pictures…
You can’t tell me she isn’t grinning.
Learning the Ropes
Sam’s orientation included tours of Dove’s Roost by both Sally and Holly. It’s very interesting to see this. Sally and Holly are 2 yr old twins who, I swear, haven’t been more than 20 feet apart since they were born.
Peas in a Pod
So, all of a sudden, we have affectionate sheepesses…they seem to be saying…”Can we keep him? Please?” Just adorable.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with le Tour de Fleece, well…it’s called planning ahead…he’s my challenge for next year!
Sally in a Basket
Sally is a-ok. I didn’t make the challenge of finishing another 5 1/4 oz skein of 2-ply Sally. But…here’s what I do have – a nice bunch of Sally rolags. It’s been a long day…and night…so…I’ll see ya later.
What do you get when you spin a garbagecan yarn of Merino, Alpaca, Gulf Coast Native, Rhode Island Red, Partridge Rock, cotton and CVM? You get yarn with feathers! This is some soft stuff. I used the downy baby feathers from the Reds (russet) and my Rock (black).
Artemis Wearing Chicken Yarn Stole
This old lady is so patient and good. She enjoys modelling for mama. At 16, she can get away with wearing this!
Here’s the first 2-ply of “Sally the Blonde” – 5 1/4 oz of the softest stuff! Wow. I’m claiming this for a sweater. How about E.Zimmerman’s “Green Sweater” only cream, not green? Mmm?
I know, I know…today’s a mandatory rest day. Well, you don’t see me spinning, do you? Today, I washed skeins spun to date…2 Holly (grey), 6 Gracie (dark brown), and 1 Sally (cream). Here are some of ’em.
This is a nice bobbinful of Sally singles. Four and a half ounces. Presently, I’m carding more Sally, making a basketful of rolags…another 4 1/2 ounces. This is such luxurious stuff! Looking at the fleece, I couldn’t tell. Isn’t that amazing? Even after scouring – didn’t seem special. But, once I charged the cards, and started drawing out the locks…WHOO HOOO! This is one exciting sheepess! I hope she gives us a couple of ewe lambs this year!!!!