Sheared Bliss

Signs of Spring
April 28, 2013, 10:16 pm
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There are signs of spring peeking out all over the farm.



And Pioneer Celery came out of the cabin and did not see her shadow:

I think spring is really on the way, folks.  (Please ignore the weather forecast for Wednesday.  I know I am.)


Feelin’ Blue
April 9, 2011, 11:25 am
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I’m sorry that things have been so quiet around here lately.  My excuse is that things are decidedly not-quiet at work right now.  Unfortunately, the not-quiet work situation is going to prevail for at least another week and a half so posts will probably continue to be a little sparse until then.  By way of apology and distraction, here’s some baby lamb cuteness.

Last weekend we had one of those freak spring snowstorms that we get in Colorado.  The temperature dropped about 40º over the course of just a few hours and by mid-afternoon it looked like this.

PioneerCelery and I were at the museum and ended up lambsitting because PioneerT was concerned that Maggie was too cold out with the other sheep.

Miss Maggie had a busy day of eating lunch, exploring the cabin, nibbling on the rug, and supervising our other project for the day . . .

. . . indigo dyeing!

I’ll be doing another indigo dyeing demo with PioneerJ at the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event on Saturday, April 16th from 10 to 3.  Stop by for some wooly goodness.

Weekend Wrap-up
March 30, 2011, 9:17 pm
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On Saturday there was some museum-ing.  It was Dairy Day and PioneerV and I were in charge of churning butter.

There were also new lambies to ogle.

On Sunday, MommaCodeMoneky and I sewed.

What is it?  Well, you’ll just have to wait until it’s finished to find out.

Catch Up

Wow, where did the last week go?  My only excuse is that it was National Volunteer Appreciation Week which makes for a super busy week at work when you work with volunteers.  Then MommaCodeMonkey and I did a bunch of work around the house this weekend and I’m basically too tired to move.  So while I’m being exhausted and boring, here are some pictures of the Sheep to Shawl event at the museum last weekend.

Here's the before shot.

And the after shot.

And a gratuitous shot of Daisy in the background with a thoroughly nonplussed ewe in the foreground.

I spent most of the day dyeing yarn with PioneerV and PioneerJ.

The root of the madder plant gives lovely oranges and reds.

Yellow from marigold flowers, fuchisa from cochineal, and orange from madder.

Hello, World!
April 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
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Meet Daisy.

Please excuse the goofy expression on my face. I was busy making silly, baby talk noises at Daisy.

Daisy is the newest arrival at the museum.  She was just three days old this past Saturday when I took these pictures and she’s a tiny little thing.

To give you an idea of just how little she is, here we have (from left to right) a full grown ewe, one of the lambs born back in February, and Daisy.

Yes, Daisy is actually closer in size to this pigeon than she is to any of the other sheep. 

And she’s still pretty wobbly too.  Just look at those knobby little knees.

Daisy’s mom is a first time mom and she’s a little unsure about the whole having a kid thing.  So unsure that she actually butts Daisy away every time she tries to nurse.  In order to get some milk in little Daisy, they’ve resorted to putting momma in a stanchion so Daisy can nurse a little bit.

That’s FarmerT holding momma by the horns so she can’t butt Daisy, and PioneerA making sure that Daisy is actually nursing and not getting stepped on.  To make sure Daisy is getting enough to eat, she’s also being bottle-fed goat’s milk.

Like most babies, she enjoys wearing her dinner as well as eating it.

Come see Daisy at Sheep to Shawl this coming Saturday.

Mark Your Calendars

If you live in the Denver metro area (or don’t, but are willing to travel) and like fiber arts and living history (or just want a nice day out at a farm), mark your calendar for Sheep to Shawl at the Littleton Museum on Saturday, April 17 from 10am to 3pm.  There will be sheep shearing, wool processing, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and, of course, baby lambs.  If you come, look for me by the dye pot and say hi.  Hope to see you there!

Gratuitous Cuteness
February 7, 2010, 1:16 am
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Wow, things have been busy around here lately, as evidenced by my lack of posts.  Nothing exciting to write about, just life.  Sooo . . . in an effort to distract you from my total failure to actually write anything: LAMBIES!!!

There are six now - the brown one on the left, four black ones, and if you look close you can see the white one's tail sticking out from under mama in the doorway. Wait a minute . . . there's only three black ones in this picture. Where'd the fourth one go?

Oh, there he is!



"Hey, mom!"

"Lookit me!"

"I'm up here!"


"Oops, um, I meant to do that!"

It's awfully tiring being so cute.