My North Ronaldsay swatch is done. It’s now getting a long soak before it gets a good block. I did some garter stitch, some stocking stitch and a fishtail 🐟 🐠 lace panel. This is the first time I’ve knitted with this wool and I’ve been really impressed. I’m really glad I decided to take part in the @knit_british #woolexploration for 2018. It’s great to learn new things.** **with apologies for this mornings weird blueish winter light
I’ve been baking Christmas cakes with my daughter this afternoon and it has to be said, when she is a bit older, she is going to be WAY better at baking than me. The cakes are in the oven now so I’m treating myself to a few minutes sit down and a quick cast on of a swatch for the @knit_british #woolexploration for 2018. This wool is from the endangered North Ronaldsay breed of sheep from the Orkney Islands. These sheep live for most of the year on the foreshore and eat mainly seaweed. They are small sheep but are incredibly hardy. This wool is the natural colour (so, undyed) and smells super sheepy 🐑. I’m really excited to see how it knits up.
Beautiful North Ronaldsay wool, swatched for the @knit_british wool exploration using the cable pattern for the circlet sweater. I'm not sure if the wool has enough drape to be well suited for that pattern but it is absolutely lovely - sturdy, with a lovely halo and good stitch definition. For now I'll keep the swatch in waiting until I come across the right sweater pattern 🌬
I’m so excited to be taking part in the @knit_british #woolexploration project during 2018 and my first parcel of sheepiness has arrived. First on the list will be yarn from #northronaldsaysheep (the dark brown skein) who are incredibly hardy and live on a diet of seaweed. And despite what you might expect of a yarn from such an animal - coarse, scratchy etc - it is not at all like that. Produced and spun on #northronaldsay it is soft, squishy and smells amazing. Now, to the knitting!
All purchased from the yarny treasure trove @brityarn
My little fuzzy Freida and her mum, Esther. I adore these two so much! They say that sheep are stupid, but I'm not too sure..I've penned the girls up (with the help of a shepherd friend!) at the back of the barn using the hay bales as a windbreak, and whilst the others are ambevilant, Esther has learnt to listen for my voice to call for feeding whilst positioning herself so she can watch the entrance to the barn..just to make sure that I'm obeying her summons! whilst Frieda stands on her back legs with the front on top of the hurdle waiting for me to refill their grub tins. Progress indeed as little Frieda arrived here as a baby and wouldn't let anyone touch her. 🐑 #sheep#winter#farm#countrylife#slowliving#wool#nativebreeds#northronaldsay#scotland#wales#photography#nature#petsofinstagram#farming
#wovemberinstachallenge Day 6 is Sheep These are the fabulous North Ronaldsay sheep that graze the seawall at Lauriston Farm near Maldon in Essex.
PS I haven't added days 2, 3, 4 or 5 yet - I'm intending to catch up by the end of the month but it doesn't matter, does it? I am generally terrible at keeping up with this sort of thing, work gets in the way. Maybe I should plan it all in advance and pre-schedule postings but that kind of takes the spontaneity and fun out of it for me.