The Shepherd and The Sheepcote

"When dusk falls, shepherds lead their sheep to a safe place to spend the night, where wolves or other predators cannot prey on the sleeping sheep. Usually the shepherd builds a stone enclosure with a small opening and he calls the sheep one by one into the sheepcote for the night. When all the sheep are safely inside the sheepfold, he will lie down in the opening so that nothing can come in the only door to harm the sheep.

The Shepherd always protects The Sheep!"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The flock that NEVER gets out!

These are some of the sheep ornaments that I make using pipe cleaners and wire and my sheeps wool.  They are a little time consuming to make but I almost always enjoy how they look, sometimes about as mischievious as the real ones out in the yard!  However the ones in the yard usually have their eyeballs pointing in the same direction, not one up and one down!
This one looks like it might be a little about where to go and if it is lunch time yet.
This one has the same quizzical thing going on, but not as bad. 

I love how fluffy they turn out and I use the colors of all my sheep so there are also grey and black and fawn colored ones. 

We have about (3) more sales happening before the end of the year.  You can catch up with us and get a flock of these cuties at Delano's Old-Fashioned Christmas where we will be located in part of the senior center in downtown Delano on Sat. Dec. 1st.  I am also hoping to take in the Shepherd's Holiday down in Mankato and have a sales table there. 
Happy Thanksgiving all and the sheep whispered to me that you should all enjoy your TURKEY!

Monday, November 19, 2012


These were our "teenagers".  They are the first successful hatch of Royal Palm turkeys that we raised from the breeding pair that I had purchased the year before.  Thankfully someone came to their rescue and they did not have to become Thanksgiving dinner for anyone. 
Happy Thanksgiving to You! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bowling anyone?

I have recently been spinning some really super bulky/chunky wool for some neckwarmers that i would like to make.  I knit a lot with multiple strands to get thickness but this time I am going to try it with chunky two-ply. 

I was using just the natural colors from the sheep.  I put the pop can in the pic so you get the idea of the size of these balls of single ply.  My husband asked what I was going to do with those?  "ply them together, what else?"  I was able to get such a large amount by spinning the singles on my Ashford Country spinner and then I plied them together on that large wheel.

So I finished them off on the niddy noddy, gave them a wash to set the twist and they end up like this.

Color gets kind of washed out because of the flash.  I can hardly wait for them to finish drying to see if I can actually make something attractive from this yarn. 

We have three more shows to do with the one at North Branch, Mn in little more than a week and then the first Sat. in Dec. is the old-fashioned Christmas festival in Delano, Mn and also the annual Shepherds' Holiday meeting for the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers organization down in Mankato.  Since I cannot be two places at once... tried that the other day and the water that was running in the bathroom sink commenced to run out the sink and all over the floor!.... my sister will be the vendor at Delano.  We had a very nice sale at Dassel-Cokato and this will be her first sale without me along and I know she will do just fine as she knits most of the items anyway and what wonderful things she knits.  Hope to see you soon.