March 13, 2010

Fair Isle tam and mittens

Where did February and half of March go? Well, some of it went into knitting. Here is some Fair Isle knitting made with handspun wool from my Corriedales. The set was donated to a fundraiser for Stegner House in Eastend, Saskatchewan. The design/pattern for mitts is a compilation of many sources and the general directions for the tam are from Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears".

The rest of the time was taken up with general care and feeding of the animals and cleaning the barn out for the shearing, which took place a few days ago. It went very well. Friends from Wind n' Woolly Acres (their blog)came, so there was lots of helping hands. My brother also helped and my mother was in the kitchen to insure that a wonderful meal was on the table when we finished. Thank you for all the help everyone!

A neighbor dropped by to take photos of his yearling lamb that we wintered. He didn't know she would be sheared that day so it was a great photo opportunity. He will be sending me photos of "Sarah" being sheared and her fleece skirted. Unfortunately, I never thought to bring my camera to the barn, so I will have no photos but his.
The sheep have had some lovely spring days to ease them into their newly shorn coats. Days have been sunny and calm. Everyone goes into their sheds for the nights that are just below freezing.


5 comments:

Lona said...

Beautiful tam and mitts!

I have a hard time getting photos of shearing, too. Always too busy doing something. Fortunately, I have a daughter who loves to take pictures...

Is the snow melting in your neighborhood? Ours is all gone (at least until the next time it snows).

Yarn Devil said...

It is a beautiful set! :)

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

Love the tam and mitts!! You must have a barn full of beautiful fleece now. Great to have the shearing done and have the warmer weather for them to get used to being naked. When do the babies start to appear, this is the first year in twenty years we will not have baby goats, only have four pet pygmys left right now. We will shear the llamas and alpacas next month so hope we have good weather too. Waiting to see baby pictures!!

Laney Garry said...

I need to stop by more often to see the latest and greatest on your blog!! Lovely tam and mitts...and sheep photos!!

Laughingrat said...

That's a beautiful set! Wow!