Shearly Delightful

Jessie came to visit this weekend, and on Saturday went went to a Sheep Shearing Festival! It was in Waltham at Gore Place.  It was a beautiful day- quite warm.  I’m sure the sheep were quite happy to be getting sheared!

The festival was a ton of fun! We got to see some shearing…
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It’s amazing how the sheep just lets herself be wrestled around.
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That’s from just that one sheep
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The handed out pieces of fleece to the kids

We watched some Morris Dancing…
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Jessie decided we wanted to be Morris Dancing so we could wear these costumes.
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The Maypole!!
AND when we went back to the yarn tent, and there were some Morris Dancers giving us a little show.

Ate some Polish food…
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And of course, I bought some yarn…
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(from this big pile of hand-dyed yarn, I did not buy the big pile of yarn- eventhough I would have liked to)
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This is the pile of yarn I did buy. mmmmm All from Minds Eye Yarns in Porter Square.

And just had a really great time…
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Just a quickie

I’ve been having a pretty busy week, and I am off to NYC for a gala this weekend! I have to be home on Saturday for class, so it’s not going to be a rockin’ good time. Eh, what can you do.

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My secret project is coming along quite well!  I got to work on it a little more after this last night, too.  I am still totally loving it, and I’m only 10 rows away from the outer section!  I’m totally going to have it done by deadline.  Everyone keeps asking me if I’m knitting a hat.

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Hasn’t the weather been delicious? Everyone in our house has been enjoying the sunshine.

Etsy Friday

Jessie’s coming to visit this weekend, and we’re heading to a sheep shearing festival in Waltham!  I am totally excited!  I’m pretty excited about seeing all those sheep, and I can’t think of a better theme for this Etsy Friday!

Baa Baa Sheep - Eco-Friendly, Recycled Greeting Card with Envelope

This handmade recycled Baa Baa Sheep Card by Ruby Recycled is just too adorable.  I love the retro floral pattern of the sheep!Spring Lamb- Print

This Spring Lamb is a print of an original watercolor by Amber Alexander.  I love the colors in this piece and how she really captures the personality of the lamb. 

OOh- speaking of lambs, check out Kristin Nicholas’s blog for some awesome lamb and sheep pictures! 

How much for that Lamby in the window-vignette

This Sheep Vingette by Parsnip Made would be super cute with practically any decor.  Modernist or Traditionalist, it’s funky and sweet.  There’s a great deal $25 for two vignettes– I kind of want a sheep in blue and a pig in yellow. 

Border Leicester Fleece Fresh off the Sheep

I am not planning on bringing home a fleece tomorrow, but if you’d like to Farmhouse Weavers has Border Leicster Fleeces

Hand Embroidered Sheep - Fabric Covered Buttons

These hand embroidered sheep buttons by Buttered Parsnips are so cute- I want to knit something sheepy just to have an excuse to buy them!

sheep ewe lamb sun scrimshaw technique resin brooch pin

This Lamb and Ewe Pin by Moosup Valley Designs would be a great Mother’s Day present.  The work that went into this pin is pretty astounding.  She creates it using a hand carving, casts it in resin, and then stains the piece.  It looks like she’s going to stop creating new jewelry.  She has some really lovely things.

Woolly - Brooch (bright)

This brooch by Kristin Freeman would be a great shawl pin!  If I ever finish a shawl for myself, I might have to get it!

Aminals

These Animal Button Stud Earrings by Airport Love Story are so adorable!  She seems to be out of the sheep, but I would be cool with a pair of sheep and a pair of hedgehog earrings. I kind of need these.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

OH!  There will also be Morris Dancing at this festival-

Only in England ... a lady Morris Dancer from the Marlings Morris team

Nifty Knits makes these cute knitted dolls, and she has three different versions of Morris Dancers!

My knitting mojo is back

Really!  I’ve been knitting!
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I can’t tell you much about it- it’s a present, but you can totally go to my Ravelry page.

I can’t wait until it gets bigger!  I need to get some circular needles for it!!  It was the perfect project to pull me out of my knitting rut!  Now I just need to finish it by Memorial Day!!

In other news Bob and I pressured Ben to eat Saag Paneer.  He thought it was delicious, but a little spicy.
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Here’s a few of the people we had at our Easter Celebration…

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I’m missing about 6 people who didn’t get into these photos.  Not a bad crowd!  I don’t have a lot of pictures of the Seder or Easter dinner.  Probably because I was running around a little crazily.  It was great to have everyone over!  And it was the first holiday Ben and I hosted as a married couple.  I think I’ve been signed up to do the next 30!  Certainly not a bad gig when everyone else does the dishes!

Etsy Friday

If you’re like me,  you saw your mother over the Easter holiday, and if your mother is like my mother- she kept dropping hints about her Mother’s Day present.  AND- if your mother is like my mother her hints consisted of, “Wow, Lindsey- you could get me THIS for mother’s day!”  I have begun shopping for Mother’s Day early this year.  Because we’re so far out, my thoughts are turning toward more long term projects.

Rosebud Knit Neckwarmer PDF Pattern - Charming Lace and Leaves

This Rosebud Neckwarmer Pattern by Knit Chic Grace is a beautiful present to give your mother.  The pattern looks intricate, but because it’s a small size it will knit up quickly.  It takes 150 yards of fingering weight yarn. 

Hand-dyed superwash merino sock yarn -  Fauna

This handdyed sock/ fingering weight yarn by Little Dog Designswould make a beautiful neckwarmer, or if you’re feeling adventurous- a shawl, as it’s 520 yards.

SnakeWinder Socks -- Knitting Pattern PDF

OR SOCKS!  How cute would your mother be with a pair of these Sidewinder Socksand a matching scarflette!  This pattern by FiddleKnits would be a great cozy spring present!

Half Yard Bundle of 3 - NEW Tina Givens - Fairy Tip Toes - Chandelier Medallion

If your mom is crafty (mine isn’t) fabric to fatten your mom’s fabric stash might be the perfect gift.   This 1/2 yard bundle of three fabrics from Down Shadow Lane would also make a pretty quilted pillow.

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I was thinking about making my mom a pair of one of a kind earrings.  These beautiful small beads from Bead Bead would make a really cute pair of earrings, and they look like little pomegranate seeds, don’t they?

I guess I have a lot to do before Mother’s Day! 

Have a great weekend!  If you live in Massachusetts- Have a great Patriots Day!