Hello! It has been almost a year since my last blog post, and for that I am quite sorry. It seemed like the last year has flown by. Honestly it has!
July was filled with repainting the yarn shop and sending wool off to the mill.
August was the month we put new floors in the shop.
September we released our Barrow Collection, designed in Yorkshire Medley, but will also look scrumptious in our newest batches of flock yarn.
October was Knitters' Day Out and Rhinebeck: perfect chaos needless to say.
In November we celebrated 8 years at the yarn shop, and small biz Saturday.
December was full of Vogue Knitting: NYC preparations and holiday bustle.
January we spent a fab weekend at Vogue in NYC teaching and selling yarn. In
February we enjoyed weekends away knitting.
March was spent preparing for lambs, and finally in April we started lambing!
All caught up?
Our first lambs born this season were Minny & Ginny on April 19. Longwool cross ewes to Char, who is the BEST mama around. They were large and cleaned off by the time we went out to feed. Those are the best kind of births: effortless.
The next day, I got a frantic call from Mum, "I need to get to work but the babies won't eat!" Being quite confused since Minny & Ginny had been fine the prior day, I asked why Char wasn't letting them feed. Mum responded "Oh no, we have two little Orla's. Sweet girls!" So after some chatting, I left work and ran to Tractor Supply for all necessary bottle baby supplies. After making it to the farm, I found Mum on a conference call (she was not going to make it to work in time) while trying to get the two lambs to nurse! The one girl, who was double the size, was standing and nursing quite well. The other one was very small and was having trouble standing. We finally realized her back legs were weak, therefore inhibiting her abilities to nurse. We took this little one on as a bottle lamb. We named them Poppy and Pippa (the bottle lamb). Pip still comes into the yarn shop with us for work, but she is getting a bit heavy to carry places!
Needless to say, it was a crazy start to lambing! Check back in at the start of next week for Part 2 of this blog post.