Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy New Year!


A sweet little felted sheep complete with straw bed and a snow covered back to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.  I'll brush the snow off before I ship her ;-).

Leave a comment telling us what you love about sheep and I'll draw a Random.org winner this weekend.

Happy Year of the Sheep!

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YIKES!!!  GO CHECK THE GOOGLE HOMEPAGE!!!  :-D

  


69 comments:

iceboxofpaknits said...

I love to see your beautiful sheep (and Hank) every morning before I start work. I love to see your woolly creations which inspire me in my knitting and spinning endeavors. I love sheep!

iceboxofpaknits

The Odyssey Farm said...

Happy New Year!

Did you see the google doodle for today?
https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2015/lunar-new-year-2015-5753824463552512-hp.gif

Karen Battersby said...

What a beautiful little sheep. And what a hard question to answer. There are so many things I love about sheep. I love that they grow and give us their fleeces so that we can share in their warmth. I love their sass. And I love their regal and royal bearing (with a few notable exceptions among the Equinox family). But mostly I love that spending time watching sheep be sheep seems to somehow dissolve stress.

Elaine Lim said...

Love all those sheepiest!! Gung Hay Fat Choy--Happy New Year to All .

knittingaddict said...

Easy, one word YARN.

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

Pick me! What I love about sheep: everything! They are sweet and silly and intelligent. They have beautiful eyes. They make wonderful friends / pets. They have fantastic and unique personalities, every one of them... if folks would just get to know them. There are so many varieties and breeds. They don't (usually) mind you giving them a haircut and taking their wool to make wonderful things with. The provide therapy: Lamb Therapy my husband calls it. A way to reduce stress. They are bouncy and fun, even when they get older. I could go on and on. Sheep are precious. And they are in the Bible, too!

Jessica B said...

They are so darn cute, especially yours!

DianeOart said...

I love sheep, they are like best friends that keep giving and giving, it should be year of the sheep every year ;-)

Auntie Reg said...

I love the sheep for the unconditional love. The sheep are peaceful which makes the visits to farm a wonderful experience. "Most times".

thecrazysheeplady said...

Ack! It's Maisie!!! :-D

Donna said...

What I love most is the yarn! And they are just adorable :-)

Jean said...

Oh I would love to win this sheep! What do I love about sheep -- so many things - their individual character, lamb races, "teefers", the perpetual smile that the Babydoll Southdown have. . . I though of your sheep when I saw Google this morning -- btw.

Sandy said...

I LOVE to watch a lamb run =o)

Unknown said...

I love sheep because they seem to be our gentler, better selves. I know there must be ornery or selfish sheep out there, but I haven't seen them. And in addition to reminding us that the world can be a happy and nurturing and beautiful place, they give us WOOL! What could be better?

KC said...

I love everything about sheep...especially yours!

Jo said...

I've gotten to know and love sheep (and Hank!) through your blog!

Misfit said...

The best thing about sheep is their JOY.

Lee Anna said...

What's not to love about sheep? Love the face, love the personality, love the fun, LOVE the YARN they give us!!

Lee Anna

Judy said...

I love being able to meet the sheep before buying their wool, then I think of them as I'm carding/spinning/knitting with their soft, wonderful wool :-) Happiness!!

Lisa W said...

I love all that they give us. Their lovely smells (well, not ALL lovely, but mostly!), the cute jumping babies, the beautiful wool, the relaxation of watching them (let's do a study on brain chemicals - I bet those good ones kick in after watching sheep for just a few minutes), the job they give to the herding dogs, oh -- I could go on and on and may have to post more later.

janna e said...

I love all my sheep but I love my sassy, curious ones the best. They make me laugh, even when I am doing chores in the dark and snow and negative 30 wind chill.

fjord girl said...

I love this little guy! I am born in the year of the sheep... Go figure :)

Tee said...

I have never been interested in sheep. We have a few farms around us that have them, but never really cared much. Until I started reading your blog. Now I love hearing about the antics, personalities, etc. of all of your sheep. I have started following a few other sheep blogs too. I don't know, maybe some day I might get some myself!

thingsherelately.com said...

That is a hard question! But, I think I'd have to say that what I love most about sheep is that they are so wooly and fluffy!!! I can't look at your sheep pictures without thinking of that cute little scene in Despicable Me where Agnes says, "It's so fluffy!!!!!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SI6rhotAkE

And, yes, I say it JUST like her. :)

aarond said...

Did you make that little sheep?? That is the cutest thing. I so want one. By the way, my girls are doing good. We finally got them moved to the farm so I can see them every day now. One of them had a sore foot a couple weeks ago but we got medicine from the vet and she is all healed up now. Love my sheep!!

Julia said...

I love sheep for being so versatile. There's a breed for every occasion!

farm buddy said...

I love their manure!! It is not hard to deal with like cow manure or smelly like chicken manure, but it is great for the land!!

Shiralyn Yates said...

I love to read about all their antics and I love the way they love cookies. I have played that video a dozen times. Most of all I love their fleece.

thecrazysheeplady said...

It is, at least around here :-).

thecrazysheeplady said...

Lamb Races!!! :-D

thecrazysheeplady said...

Um, have you ever watched a cookie party video??? Hahahaha :-D

thecrazysheeplady said...

I did. Thank you :-). I have been wondering about your girls. Thanks for the good news :-D.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yep!

thecrazysheeplady said...

You are right!

thecrazysheeplady said...

THAT IS HYSTERICAL!!! :-D

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

I've loved sheep since I was a little girl and the Shuler family down the road, gave me a little baby sheep that was a triplet and the mother didn't have enough milk so I bottle fed it and raised it till it could go back and live with its sheep family, about broke my heart, but ever since then...this may be my year.

Alice said...

I love the very smell and touch and sight of sheep. I love the way that you can be yourself around them and they love you still. Sheep love back unconditionally and when you leave, your heart is filled with goodness for having known them.

toastyyak said...

My favorite thing about sheep is their spunkiness! I was trying to isolate (only) one thing about sheepies that is my most favorite - but the fact that I just couldn't stop watching the Google sheep gave me the clue! I love sheep's determination and attitude. Sometimes it's obvious (Maisie, Baxter), and sometimes it's subtle (Ford - I _will_ sleep out here...). It occurs to me that it's kind of like cats v dogs. (Most) cats seem to have more independence/self respect than dogs, and various studies have suggested that that characteristic is linked to the length of time that each species has been domesticated/living closely with humans. Sheep have been domesticated quite a while, but I like how they seem to have maintained a core of "attitude".

So - my favorite thing? Attitude :o

(D'oh - I just realized, my rav name, chosen years ago, underscores this! "Spicyfleece")

Cappy said...

I was driving home last Monday, coming up through farmland in southern Maryland, and saw a lambie sleeping on top of its mother. Stacked sheep! So cute!

Becca said...

Everything, what's not to love???

Karen Battersby said...

I want to petition Google to have that ALWAYS be their homepage.

Tombstone Livestock said...

What I love about sheep? Well it's that much less grass mowing to do on 20 acres, besides they have such cute babies.

majorasue said...

She looks so much like our Ashe, who we unfortunately lost last fall. But she gave us the miracle lamb Naveed, who was raised by the best goat in the world, Myrtle. And she would look great on the shelf next to Ms. Eweneice...

Mary Ann said...

Oh, I love your little felt sheep! I have never owned any sheep, but I have always loved to watch them!

YarnKettle said...

I love sheep's ability to follow one another. I one jumps the following ones try to jump too. Well that and their wooly woolness!

Lindsay Hermanson said...

I raise Shetlands and have found I love sheep more than I thought I would. I love hugging my first bottle lamb Zola whos almost a year now and dreaming of her fleece and I love watching the lamb races every evening and learning each ones personality. Every day is something new to love.

Michelle said...

I love my Shetlands' personalities, colors and patterns, looks, wool, and little waggly tails. :-)

Windswept Farm said...

Cute lambs (and lamb to eat).

Shine said...

Oh what a sweetie! I LOVE how peaceful our little friend looks :) I think he would be very happy here in Tennessee!

Michaele said...

SUCHLIKE a sweet little felted sheep. I heart wool!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

As some of the others have said, there is something so peaceful about them that I find so calming.

Melissa said...

Such a sweet felted sheep! The thing I like best about sheep...is the wool.

Hidaway Farms Shetlands said...

We LOVE sheep! We raise Icelandics and Shetlands in Western North Carolina. Looking forward to lambs in April from 6 Shetlands and 5 Icelandics. They are great to relieve stress...and cause stress!! They are our pets and we love them!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I might like goats a little better than sheeps...I had a goat once and loved him so much! I wanted to have sheep and it was a goal back in 1996 but I decided to go back to College instead...now I don't have a barn or fence...I love your sheep and enjoy your blog and flock very much:)

LannieK said...

Sheep... their peace (with an exception now and then), their beauty, curiosity, antics, and their Wool! Mixed it all with shepharding, creativity and friendship, it's what brings us here so we can enjoy! Happy Year of the Sheep! Thanks, Sara!
Stay warm back there :-)

Eppie Doodle said...

I love sheep because they are so gentle and trusting. Yours make me want some on our little farm!

Take care.

sophy0075 said...

I love that sheep are wonderful wooly creatures who, through their magic, convert air, water, sunshine and grass to a beautiful, multifaceted fiber- and that they look so adorable in every season and at every point while they are doing it! Besides, who could not love the way lambs bounce!

sophy0075 said...

AGREED!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

I love their FACES!!! I had just gotten up and got such a shock...thought the felted one was a real one :)

Mary Ann said...

They remind me of God's loving protection over me.

Susan said...

I love sheep because they are good, snuggly listeners. They are silly and sweet. Warm and cuddly. There is nothing not to love about them. The end.

Sheepmom said...

That's a great felted sheepy! I'm sure her new owner will love her. We love sheep because they are a perfect fiber factory! A crop of warm fiber every year while being easy on the environment, plus having adorable lambs and also staying appealing themselves as adults. Very sweet (mostly) and social, huggable any time of year!

Patti said...

Sheep, their wool, their smell, causes a peacefulness within me that other animals do not provide my senses. Your photography is the best way for me to start my day. And, Hank, of course. I used to have Leonbergers which are hybrids of three breeds, Great Pyrenees being one of them. Love gentle giants. Our Adler died in June at the age of 10 so Hank is special to watch. That, and I do have a 5 year old grandson, Hank...

Cherry said...
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Cherry said...

I LOVE their sweet, sweet faces and those thick woolly coats.

Lisa Smith said...

I had my comment all ready to publish when I accidentally "lost it" somehow. I'm going to try to duplicate it, but I'm sure the original was much better. . . . . .

I have loved sheep most of my adult life. For years it had been my dream to have some land and a small flock of sheep to raise as "pets" and for their fiber. When I became disabled in 1999 I had to graciously abandon my dream and live life in a drastically different way. I had always collected sheep and sheep "items". When my collection reached 100 I re-evaluated it and realized how many I had added just because it was a sheep, not because I really loved it. So I thinned out my collection down to (a) sheep that were a gift and (b) sheep that I truly loved and that were meaningful in some way. The remainder I sold at a garage sale. Now I have my small, lovingly curated collection that I look at often and it brings me such joy. It had always bothered me that I did not know about the different sheep breeds, so I began to research information through different sheep blogs. I was fortunate to find your blog first!

My hope is that someday, health permitting, I might be able to travel to Equinox Farm and attend one of your public events. It is a hope like that which makes it easier to live my very disabled life. I have a "bucket list" of dreams, and visiting you and your flock is definitely at the top of my list. I am so very grateful to you for your blog; I have learned so much from you and look forward to each new entry!

Sorry this became so long . . . . thank you for sharing your life and your sheep with us!
Warm Regards, Lisa

Anita MacQuarrie said...

Maisie was the first sheep in my life.I found your blog around the time of her birth and instantly fell in love with ALL sheep.I shared my interest in your blog with my sister,who also LOVES sheep now too.Two Christmases ago,my sister bought me one of your calendars for a gift.It touched me so deeply I cried.The "Keep Calm and Hug A Sheep" card is STILL on my fridge door.I love how you present sheep to us each day.That's all I have to go by.However...my boyfriend can sound EXACTLY like a sheep.{I heard real ones at exhibitions} To give me the giggles,he'll ba-a-a-a-a-a out of the blue. I pretend I have a real sheep outside,when he ba-a-a-a-a's.Sheep have it all...wool,adorable faces,personality,and the cutest voices ever!

English sheep gal said...

Well, I don't have sheep of my own, but lucky enough to have a neighbor with Shetland Sheep, who welcomes help in the barn and with her fiber business in exchange for spinning and knitting lessons.

I have to echo what several other people have already mentioned, I can spend hours just watching and listening, from the 'yelling' when I arrive with scraps, watching them drift away once the goodies are gone, wobbly lambs first trip out of the barn, excitement at being outside, then exhausted and sleeping snuggled up close to their mamma ewe. Young ram lambs playing the headbutting game, then doing it for real to establish their pecking order the next fall at breeding time.

Have been lucky enough to help with lambing for several years now, and if I had to pick just one thing I love about sheep, it would be the way the ewes 'talk' to their lambs during labor, and the reassuring little noises they make immediately after lambing, often while multitasking, licking the lamb clean and dry. (I'm sure there are examples on YouTube).

I have quite a few sheep books, mainly farm or knitting related, but stumbled across 'Beautiful Sheep' a few years ago, of various breeds at their finest, it's literally a glamorous photo shoot of many different breeds of sheep, here's the Amazon link
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312385129/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=31545971117&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8068366125945109851&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8y5dd8sjn9_b

(by the way my first attempt at replying often doesn't work either, not sure why)

Sarah said...

Oh, I'm sorry I missed this. She is adorable!!!
I love the cuddly wool and their sweet sounds. Wool hand knit sweaters are a favorite in my wardrobe, and we all know who provides the wool. '-)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog with us. ~ Sarah

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