Sheared Bliss

Sheep To Shawl

Sheep were sheared.

Yarn was dyed.

Pretty things were sold.

SweetP was sweet.

And a good time was had by all.


April Showers

I know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but if the showers happen to be snow showers like we’ve been getting lately then it’s much more useful if they bring brightly colored wool.

I’ve been dyeing up a storm.

There’s fluffy roving in every flavor:

Looks like cotton candy, but it’s better for you – fewer calories, more fiber!

There’s a whole spectrum of sock yarn:

And there’s a rainbow of silks for good measure:

If you’d like to see firsthand how to get these colors and more using all natural dyes (as well as all of the other aspects of fiber processing), come to the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event this Saturday.  I’ll be dyeing in the summer kitchen.  Stop by and say hello!

Sheep to Shawl

This past Saturday was the Littleton Museum’s annual Sheep to Shawl event which also happened to be Wiggles’ first history event.  Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, he seemed to enjoy it.  There were lots of new things to look at and new people to flirt with and a new outfit to spit up on.  More on the previously mentioned outfit and the above pictured yarn to come soon.

Sheep to Shawl

Oof, life seems to be getting in the way of my blogging mojo lately.  Nothing bad, just a combination of things at work and home that are turning out to be both time consuming and exhausting.  Be that as it may, it’s a bit ridiculous how behind I am so here are some pictures from the Sheep to Shawl event at the museum two weeks ago.

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.

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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!