May 2013

Something to cheer you/me up on a beastly weather day

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27 May, 2013 - 17:40 | Sue Blacker

I was pondering the current popularity of Indian/ikat designs, which I have always loved anyway.  So here are a few options to try.  They are stitch-and-row interchangeable with the sheep charts on our Feeling Sheepish pullover.   Please request an email version if you need higher definition.  I will also put it on our Free Patterns page at

St Kilda and Boreray

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22 May, 2013 - 12:00 | Sue Blacker

I had some creative fun taking pictures of Liz Lovick's St Kilda shawl in the wind and trees at my field.

I really enjoyed this!  It's so lovely to catch the light and shadow through the design.

And latest on the older sheep ...

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22 May, 2013 - 11:48 | Sue Blacker

Gideon and I were trying an experiment to see whether we could get 3 clips off the Gotlands: early summer, autum and February.  But the weather in February was too awful and some of them were too young or small in October.  We finally sheared in early May.

Latest on the lambs

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22 May, 2013 - 11:39 | Sue Blacker

Blue-faced Leicesters love relaxing!  And there has even been some sun ...  BFLs (for short) are born quite dark and gradually fade a little, and have soft silky dark hairs on their legs, which makes them look a bit like small cart-horses, but these hairs gradually disappear.

Gotlands do not go in for sun bathing to the same degree as BFLs ....

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