Hello! Meet Rocco and Lulu, the sweetest new additions to our ever growing Menagerie of farm animals.
They are 2 week old Poll Dorsets, both orphaned as a result of being born as part of a set of triplets. We inherited them 2 days ago when our friends were worried about them being poisoned by their Rhododendrons but didn't want them destined for the dinner plate. I assured them we would give them a good home and keep them separate from our other sheep which do keep our deep freezer stocked for Sunday Roasts. Since we are now raising and eating our own Lamb and having detailed discussion about all the bits and pieces around the dinner table, the Kids were very blunt in their questioning when these little lambs arrived - "Mum, are we going to eat these?". Their matter-of-factness is both refreshing and disturbing at the same time isn't it? But no, these little woolly jumpers will be pets. They have names after all and I'm completely OK about keeping animals as both pets and for eating.
Their arrival has caused quite a stir though and I've spent the last 2 days trying to restore an appropriate pecking order amongst the animals again. The ducks get into a flap when the lambs come over to say 'hi' which causes the Whippet to chase after the lambs which causes me to chase after the Whippet. The Chooks all get their feathers ruffled as they are invariably caught amongst the commotion. This happens all day long. The lambs also scratch at the door to come inside the house and the Whippet scratches at the door to go out. This happens all day long too. This morning the lambs just waltzed inside the house and tap tapped across the new floor as if they were wearing clogs and made themselves at home on the leather lounge. It's been crazy around here! I'm hoping order will be restored over the weekend.
However, we do love them to bits. How could you not! They are very affectionate little souls and as they are still on 3 milk feeds a day the Kids absolutely delight in feeding them. Although I do predict my daisies will be in for a rather thorough pruning by the time the weekend is over!
I splashed out on some nice wool for the very first time too, and used the DK Rowan Felted Tweed in 'Maritime' and 'Clay'. I wanted more of a Sea Foam colour but there wasn't any in stock and I wasn't patient enough to wait. However, I actually love these colours on babies regardless of whether it is for a boy or girl and I think I can always add a little crochet flower to it if I do end up having a girl and feel it looks too boyish.
Since I started knitting again this year I felt like I couldn't justify spending money on nice wool being a beginner knitter and all but now I think I'll never be able to go back to the regular stuff as using this lovely yarn added a whole new level of enjoyment to my knitting. Does this mean I'm a knitting snob now? I'm not sure but it does mean this little hobby may not be the inexpensive hobby I thought it would be.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!