Thanks everyone for all your work yesterday regarding my lamb photo on Etsy which has been removed by the unscrupulous seller. I am pretty sure the seller's email box was jammed with all your messages. And the comments on FB were overwhelming, as in my comments section. Just found this post on a food writer's blog about copyright issues. It goes around, doesn't it? Here is a really good article about copyright and owner's rights which can of course be translated to the knitting world.
As promised, I am moving on today. Lambing has slowed down incredibly - in fact we have had a couple days without a lamb being born. This year we haven't had quite as many "house lambs" - thank goodness - although there has been a rotating crew. (The reason for this is The Farmer has used a heat lamp this year to warm the hypothermic lambs in the pen with the mamas so that, hopefully, after the lamb recovers - there will still be a maternal bond. If it works, it saves untold number of hours bottle feeding lambs and money on the milk replacer. The downside to this is heat lamps are incredibly dangerous. We usually only use them when someone is at the barn.)
Someone please remind me that I shouldn't get a Border Collie puppy in the winter during lambing season. There has been a race track back and forth through the kitchen and living room as Kate the pup herded the two little house lambs to and fro. These two little guys were real goners when they arrived at the house. I really didn't think one of them would ever get up and move around (it took an entire week). We gave them time, warmth, lamb milk replacer and they healed and got up and about.
|Kate our new Border Collie Pup with two lambs in the kitchen|
Once it warmed up on Saturday from the negative temps, it was time for them to go be sheep. It went like this.... I walked into our television/library room on Friday evening and found the two lambs nestled in front of the woodstove happy as clams. If they had figured that out, it was time. Cute scene and all but they are sheep. Off they went to the barn on Saturday a.m. and I have been washing floors and walls ever since. Like I have time for such cleaning nonsense.....
|The Farmer and one of the new lambs|
I'm continuing with photos of some of my Quarters Caps I've made over the last couple years. I love this project because once you get the hang of the pattern, you can knit them at meetings and whenever you need a mindless project with just a bit of a challenge. It's also a real hit with the men and boys in my life. Above is a new one I made to match The Farmer's non-stop Carhart brown and denim blue wardrobe. He likes the Quarters Cap because it isn't too tight..... I like it because it has replaced his incredibly ugly hunter's orange acrylic hat.
My nephews Francisco and Nicholas were the original poster boys for the Quarters Caps. I love this photo of the two of them in the snow. This photo is from January 2009. The boys are even more handsome now.... I bet they have lost these Quarters Caps by now. Better start knitting a couple more in shades of black and grey since they fancy themselves in the urban set.
Like I announced the other day, 20% of the net profit of all Quarters Caps PDF pattern sales will be going to this knitting/cancer charity cause. You can purchase my Quarters Cap pattern on my website here or on Ravelry here. It's a really quick knit and super addictive. Good day everyone! You are the best.