At the moment I am making baskets and attempting to knit my first ever sock...
The heel has worked but I've added rows I shouldn't have in order to correct mistakes and I forgot to turn the sock back inside out after I'd had a look at it so the knits all weirdy in places. It's certainly not perfect, but it's definitely some kind of foot blanket! I'm about to do the toe bit so I should be finished within this lifetime!!!
I attended a lambing course last Saturday at Beech hayes Farm in Somerset. It was organised by Val Grainger - The Woolly Shepherd. I didn't get any pictures as it was too dark in the barn so I've used a lovely picture off the net.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see a lamb being born but I did get a good look at a sheep in labour. So I feel confident that I'd recognise that in the future. It was also useful to see how to dock the tails and castrate the lambs. Probably the most important thing I learned was how to check a sheep for condition - whether good or poor. Not just by using my eyes to check changes in behaviour or lack of interest in food but using my hands to feel the body of the sheep, on the back, on the side and on the base of it's spine.
I really appreciated the level of husbandry at the farm. All the animals, without exception, looked healthy and well cared for and even at this time of the year the pasture looked in good nick. That matters to me, a lot.
I learned many, many things and it's really helped me to make stronger decisions about my future as a sheep farmer. We were considering a flock this year, but because of many, very good reasons (some cemented after attending the course) we are probably going to have to put it off for yet another year. Which is a shame, but there are many things in the pipeline that will benefit from my full attention this year.
Maybe I should make a list...