I’m feeling a bit sheepish…
…but have managed to traverse the not blogging walk of shame and bring you a Daughter of a Shepherd KAL & CAL update!
The last couple of months have flown by and every time I think I am about to catch up with myself something else has got in the way of my blogging intentions. I say ‘got in the way’ as though it’s a bad thing which couldn’t be further from the truth, and I have been quietly making Daughter of a Shepherd plans and secretly plotting my next step for the yarn and what has now become a full-time business for me, but more on that in another post along with some announcements and big reveals. They say patience is a virtue don’t they? I don’t know who ‘they’ are but I never quite liked the cut of their gib!
Since announcing the Daughter of a Shepherd KAL & CAL over 30 finished projects have appeared in the Ravelry group FO thread. Along with a number of other knitters, I have completed a Hebridean Hap, but we also have our first garment knit by Ellie and what I think is the first crochet project, a stunning shawl designed and made by Sister Maria and there are some beautiful projects incorporating other yarns in both natural and dyed colours – the contrasts really sing against the dark Hebridean yarn. See all the finished makes so far over in the Ravelry FO thread.
I have done a fair amount of travelling over the past few month for both work and leisure, and have picked up a few sheep-themed KAL & CAL prizes along the way. All finished Daughter of a Shepherd projects posted in the FO thread are eligible for the prize draw which will be picked by my in-house random number generator, Mr K. I might actually film him picking numbers this time if he’ll let me!
In no particular order, the prizes to date are…
A fair-trade Mountain Sheep shawl stick by Jul Designs, perfect for holding your Hebridean Hap or cardigan closed:
‘Have You Any Wool?’ wooden sheep needle gauge handmade in the USA:
Flock of sheep organic cotton tea towel woven in Sweden:
There are a few other items to follow but they are being kept under my hat for now – remember what I said about patience being a virtue?!
The KAL & CAL runs until midnight BST on 28th August so you still have plenty of time to join in and there is a tiny amount of yarn on the shop shelves so you still have plenty of opportunity to join in. I am thoroughly enjoying seeing what the yarn becomes in your clever and thoughtful hands and look forward to many more beautiful creations.
In other news, if you’re anywhere near Castle Howard in Yorkshire you are welcome to pop by and watch the English National Sheepdog Trials. The event runs from the 5th-7th August and will see 150 sheepdog handlers competing for a place in the England team which will then go forward to the Annual International Trials. It is always fascinating to watch these highly skilled dogs and their trainers manoeuvring around the course and with sheep being the unpredictable and skittish characters that they are, you never know what might happen!