Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pinky, Perky and the Big Moo

These twin lambs arrived this week in some rather unpleasant weather, but they've thrived nevertheless.

Jenny the cow can't be kept out of the photos, mainly because of her size.

Pinky and Perky get peckish.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Iggy (and the Wiltshires)

Iggy is our first lamb of the season. He was one week old yesterday. He's a Wiltshire, which means he is not a wool breed. In fact, Wiltshires shed their wool. The woolly sheep are in the bottom paddock at the moment and refuse to pose for photos. When I bring them up to the race next time I'll get some pics of them.

Iggy and his mother, Marta.

Winnie - not sure if she's pregnant.

These photos, above and below, show why he was first christened Piglet, now Iggy. His ears were the first thing I saw of him.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Estonian mittens

I finished these only slightly too late to be a birthday present. The wool is handspun in natural colours. There are a lot more mittons I'd like to knit, but how many pairs can anyone wear?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Kate's Estonian mittens

These are from a pattern, Marko's Mittens, in Nancy Bush's Knitting in Estonia. It's a great book and I learned two techniques which were entirely new to me. What's that about old dogs and new tricks? I used handspun and the red is cochineal.

Friday, August 1, 2008

they keep coming in colours.

Man's Fair Isle socks using colours from onion skins, eucalyptus, brazilwood and lichen. And they fit. Last time I tried making Fair Isle in a man's size they ended up much smaller. My size in fact, which was quite handy. Unintended, of course.