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.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

New Years Day 2010

Adding to the flock here at the farm, 3 more lambs were born on New Year’s Day - a nice set of Shetland cross ram twins and a healthy single ewe lamb. It was very warm and a perfect day for lambs to be born. Nice sun bringing solar heat into the greenhouse barn. The lambs hit the ground and were up in twenty minutes. Let's hope some more ewes go into labor before it turns cold again. By the looks of things, this will happen.

The Farmer’s lamb numbering system this year has lambs marked with green meaning they are twins and blue numbered sheep being single lambs. We are also eartagging every ewe after she gives birth to help better manage our growing flock of sheep. I put my two cents in and chose white ear tags that are relatively small as to not interfere with the look of my photos. It turns out they aren't the most efficient ear tagging system but The Farmer is sure that he will get better with every ear he pierces and tags.


marit said...

we have to eartag the lambs once they're born- and I use big, yellow tags for the spæl, and big, blue tags for the old Norwegians...not very pretty tags, but useful! Our lambs won't be born until April though...

Deborah said...

What a cute little #3!

Leslie said...

I hope the ewes hold off today and tomorrow - the Farmer will have snow to clear and who really needs these cold winds. That is the cutest number 3 -- but how does he fit 138 on a little lamb? Oh that's right - he's given up by then.... (sorry but I'm laughing)

Shirley Ann said...

Those lambs are too sweet for words! Brings back memories of my childhood when visiting my aunt and uncle on their angora goat farm in the Eastern Cape - South Africa! - thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin
Just a new year word to say how much I enjoy your blog - such a different way of life from where I live in a lovely rural village in England (UK).
Wishing you all a happy 2010.

Willow said...

And again how different my world is where it seldom freezes and we can visit the ocean weekly. We have lambs but seldom need wool sweaters.

Virginia said...

Such cute little sheepies! Love them.

Nanci said...

Goodness, it's been a long time since visiting here, just thought I'd visit a bit.
I know you are too busy to visit us on our blogs, but I sure didn't realize that the lambing season started with "Happy New Year" and here come the babies.
Cora...imagine her.
I am thinking of embroidering on some of my quilts to make them truly individual...I just love those mittens.

Dianne MacDonald said...

I'm envious that you've already got new babies! My lambs won't start arriving until mid-March(but given that it is 8 degrees here this morning, maybe not too envious!)Love that Cora lambed first and gave you twin girls--that's the best!