Sunday, December 23, 2018

'tis the Season!

Whoa, where has the time gone? The year is almost over and it's been quite a busy one!

My little Poinsettia from last year is blooming again.  Shown here next to the masham fleece I felted in the shower.

Handspun handknit qiviut/silk wimple. So soft and warm!

Some felted collars with the masham fleece, all done in the shower.

December 1-2nd I shared a booth with my friend Sue Flanders at the American Swedish Institute's Julmarknad in Minneapolis, MN.

Sue is a talented potter and a co-author of two knitting books (Swedish Handknits and Norwegian Handknits).




What a wonderful venue and such friendly people! I sold all my felt pelts except for this beautiful Norwegian spelseau that I just made a couple weeks ago.


I would have made more product in November, but I was a bit preoccupied with house renovations and my studio being repainted. I love how bright and open the studio feels now.



We finally got our interior doors and window trim done. It's like having a whole new house!
Our foyer now has closet doors and French doors to the spare bedroom.

French doors and laundry area doors


After Christmas we'll tackle the spiral staircase! I can't wait to see it turn into reality. No more climbing the ladder. We plan to build a bookcase in the wall behind it and create a wine/root cellar downstairs.
 
The ewes and ram lambs are separated, I don't want any lambs in 2019. I still have lots of beautiful Gotland cross lambs from this spring. I'm looking forward to their first shearing. This is one of my favorite ewe lambs, Gretta. She is out of my oldest Shetland ewe, River Oaks Camille. So sweet!

And this is my favorite ram lamb, Frankie, on his birthday which was just two days after my mom passed away in June. He's out of Bertha, a Teeswater/BFL triplet ewe. I'm loving his fleece!

 Now that I can make felted fleeces in the shower, I might be able to make a dent in the pile of fleeces in my studio this winter rather than having to wait until spring when there will be 33 more to  do!


 Happy holidays  and thanks so much to all my friends, students and customers who have made this a wonderful year. I am looking forward to doing more shows as well as teaching and taking more classes in 2019.
Christmas cactus blooming again this year.



Lambs on the Way! And chicks, poults and ducklings.

Well, we will have some lambs after all. And they're due right when I'll be out of town teaching up at North House. It was a cold a...