Here's a smiling girl you haven't seen much of lately. Our girl Pippi is happy and healthy and spending her days out in the big pasture with her mom, Strawberry, and the adult ewes. In a few weeks I'll need to do a group shuffle to bring the pregnant ewes into a field adjoining the barn. Our first lambs should be arriving around the first of March and the Lamb-Cam will be reinstated by mid-February. The lamb crop will be small this year. After agonizing about it for weeks, I decided to keep the work load a little lighter and only bred six ewes. I kept nearly all of my ewe lambs from last spring that were sired by the Wensleydale ram. I don't usually keep back so many lambs, but their fleeces were so outstanding, I wanted to keep them all. I couldn't stand the idea of not having any babies born this spring, but also know I am approaching the limits of my energy levels. I'm really glad to have made that decision now that I'm dealing with this rotator cuff injury.
|(the wonder of organization - how long will it last?)|
I'm happy to report that I'm making some progress with my new resolve to "Finish What I Start". You know how those financial advisers on television always say start with the small things on your debt list? Well, I've applied that strategy to tackling my knitting project backlog and it's working for me! I've started with hats and mittens and these are the ones I've completed in the last week. I'm still knitting on a few other projects, but have managed to not cast on anything new, which has been the most difficult thing of all (and my history of succumbing to that urge is why I have such an abundance of UFO's).
|(Several boy hats, a little girl hat, a barn hat for me and some recently frogged handspun)|