Spring is in full force and we’re loving the opportunity to wear our Sheeps and Peeps Bad Nut Shawl. Knit in our peach and natural, 3-ply fingering weight flock yarn, we love the way it shows off this wonderful pattern by Josh Ryks-Rabinsky
With temperatures dropping in to the sub-zero range, we are enjoying our newly finished soft, warm and snuggly cowl. Knit in our farm grown, 3-ply, bulky yarn this is a heavy-weight cowl that is perfect for the coldest of winter weather. The Chalice Cowl pattern by Thea Colman is a quick, fun knit, and we love the way our sem-solid Bourgogne color-way shows off that cable knit on the bias to perfection.
Snow has returned, so it seems like the perfect day for the big reveal of the secret knitting. Beginning with two skeins of our Bertha yarn (that had so many imperfections that they were not salable) here are the perfect lambing accessories. Our love and admiration of Bertha is knit in to each and every stitch, along with the love and admiration I have for my Sister Shepherdess as I knit a set for her as a surprise gift.
The hand-warmers are the Lambing Mitts from the Tolt Yarn and Wool blog. The garter band can be worn up to keep our fingers warm during the late night pasture checks, then rolled down when we need to attend to those newborn lambs. Blue stripes on my sister’s and green stripes on mine so we will be able to sort them out when we lay them down in the barn.
Bertha’s yarn and scraps of our single-flock yarn make these extra special barn-life accessories.
The headband is mash-up of several different patterns knit in a Bertha yarn-dyeing experiment that was inspired by lichen growing on an Adirondack chair. I think there will be more of this to come after lambing, as both shepherdesses are delighted with the result. I added a little bit of hand embroidery to match the stripes on our hand-warmers.
An ode to Bertha and a surprise for my Sister Shepherdess – perfect for a snowy, April day.
One of the best-loved things that we’ve knit in our Sheeps and Peeps Farm Yarn is our Kelpie Shawl – pattern by Jared Flood. It was knit with size 7 needles. The main color is our beautiful Posiedon yarn and the contrasting stripes have been knit with our farm yarn – naturally-dyed with Beet leaves, Goldenrod, Hibiscus and Jewelweed.
It is a favorite at farm conferences and is just like wearing a big, warm sheepy hug!
Next up in our “What can I knit with my Sheeps and Peeps yarn?” series…
We love the way the middle sister changed up the pattern and used two colors of our hand-dyed yarn along with our natural flock yarn. Knit on size 8 needles, it is a little larger than the original pattern. It’s such a fun, happy shawl, and has quickly become a favorite now that the weather has turned cooler.