A Tumble Creek Farm Ewe

A Tumble Creek Farm Ewe
One of many

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Natural Colored Lambs Are Arriving!

More beautiful fleeces are arriving now. Three of the five ewes that were bred to my natural colored ram have produced three ewes and two rams. The last two should be any minute... One ewe is natural colored, the other white, both experienced with this sort of thing, having produced triplets last year. The rams will be available for sale when weaned.
  So far there are nine white lambs and five natural colored. Seven more ewes to go in theory. Of the five that were AI'd in November I am positive that two settled. These five will be sheared in two weeks and then I'll know for sure.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Finished Bag

The bag is finished!!! Knit from handspun Bluefaced Leicester and Border Leicester X yarns, then felted in a friend's washing machine, it is drying and will be ready for dance shoes by Friday night. I used a pattern from Felted Bags by Alice Underwood and Sue Parker. There were a few new techniques to learn but was a fun project. I made it a little larger than the directions to acomodate shoes, wallet, lip gloss, gum, etc... I also learned that you must use an old-style washing machine that has the agitator as mine is the new water-saver type that just twists intermittently. Not my favorite tool in the shed so I'm thinking of putting it on Craig's List and going back to old-style.
   Still waiting for lambs but the weather is mild so they will wait until we get freezing rain again. Ah, the life of the shepherd.