Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fair Isle Caps!

Here are Cindy, Karen, Connie and MaryAnne proudly showing off their Fair Isle Caps. The Knit Night crowd learned how to knit in the Fair Isle tradition and then took off designing their own caps! Great job by all! It's a good thing the ladies enjoy knitting the caps, because their family members are all clamoring for one!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kelsey and Kourtney Visit the Farm

Former students Kelsey and Kourtney came to the farm today to work on their SAE (Supervised Ag Experience) for their ag class at the high school. The girls learned about care of baby lambs and their mothers and helped feed the flock. After the barn chores were finished, we headed over to the Meetinghouse where they learned first hand about value added marketing. All was great fun, but of course, holding baby lamb KK was the highlight of the day. (in case you didn't guess, the girls named the lamb KK for Kourtney and Kelsey).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

And Then There Were Twins!

So, Jenna came out to spin and we went to the barn to see Luna's baby. We noticed one of the other ewes, Channa, walk away from the feeder and mosey into the barn looking very uncomfortable. A sure sign her time was here, but these things usually take time. As the sun started to set, we got a little chilly and decided to wait for Adriennne and Finn in the Meetinghouse. When they arrived, Sam met them at the barn and Adrienne exclaimed, "I didn't know you had three lambs!" This was a shock to Sam, who rushed to the Meetinghouse to inform us. So Channa gave birth to a set of twins ewes and had them up and nursing in, say, 20 minutes. Hope this is a sign of more good things to come.
Yes, one of the lambs has some strange markings! Did you ever see a lamb that looked like it was wearing a saddle?

Sweet Home Farm's First Lamb

Luna, the self appointed queen of Sweet Home Farm, started the lambing season off today with a lovely little ewe lamb. Dear Luna, picked a warm sunny day to effortlessly (or so it seemed) deliver this little beauty. Here they are out in the pasture nose to udder and nose to bottom in typical sheep fashion! Mother and baby are now tucked away in the barn where Luna polished off a scoop of corn and a gallon of water while her lamb dozed. Spring weather, and a new lamb - life is good.