to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Surprise for All of Us

The other day, upon arriving at the barn, I found Cora, Julia’s bottle lamb from last year, back against the wall of the barn. I said to The Farmer “ Hey, maybe Cora is going to lamb soon.” His reply was, “No, Cora is just being Cora - crazy as she is.” (Her nickname is “Crazy Cora.”) Cora is just a year old and usually yearlings don't lamb here until they are about 16 months and up to 2 years old.

But lo and behold, Saturday she had a lamb! Thankfully the lamb is a girl (which means she will live a long life here on the farm).

Julia is beside herself with delight. She has named Cora's lamb Mora. (She’s got a long list of names for future Cora-babies whenever they are born.) We kept Cora and Mora in a little enclosure for a day so we could try to tame Mora. They escaped - no surprise. Mora is the cutest little thing. Spunky with a zest for life. She’s big for a yearling ewe’s lamb. I doubt she’ll have quite the personality of her mom since Cora is nursing her so beautifully. This does give us a special reason to visit the barn which is fun for all of us.

Julia says this makes her a grandmother and me a great-grandmother. Considering I won’t get that chance in my life, I think I will take a lamb great-granddaughter anyday.


Shawnee said...

Kristen, Your posts never fail to brighten my day! Tell Julia I hope she gets to name many more of Cora's lambs. She has done a wonderful job naming this little one!

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Congratulations to Cora, Julia and you! I love the photo of Julia, with her Mom's beautifully made mittens, kissing Mora. Crazy Cora looks like she was raised well on the bottle by a wonderful surrogate Mom!
You will indeed hang out at the barn more now to see Cora and Mora!

j said...

thanks for sharing this. :)

Julia looks so happy. She's like Fern Arable. She knows what the sheep say.

The Sick Chick said...

What a sweet story and beautiful little black lamb. Is Grandma Julia going to start making baby items for Mora? :) Or are we going to have a new line of yarns or roving from Cora and her progeny, the Cora-line? :)

Whatever happens, I hope they all live happily ever after!

Anonymous said...

I noticed Julia's mittens right away too.

Another project for Julia. The Knifty Knitter looms. Remember those little spools that made miles of idiot cord? Well, some smart person just made them much bigger and you can make doll/premie hats, kids hats, adult hats and more. They are found at Michael's, AC Moore, Walmart.


peninah said...

you put tears in my eyes (as i'm sure julia put in yours) may all have a healthy and happy life. :) thank you for sharing.

Willow said...

What a sweet photo! And I'm loving Julia's hat and mittens.

Commonplace iris said...

Good Observing on your part after all -- guessing a lamb was coming when The Farmer didn't! And what joy on Julia's face -- so beautiful. Congratulations Great Grandmother.

Bonnie said...

How wonderful for Julia! I loved Cora from the first time I saw her photographs. She is a beauty and so is her baby.

Sarah said...

My toddler and I both loved these cute pictures!

Felicia said...

Aw, that is so sweet :)

Jean said...

Okay. That's one of the sweetest things I've ever seen.

knititch said...

i'd save the money for cute things for the little one to pose in while taking take of the lambs too. ah this blog. i dream away.