Sunday, January 2, 2011

Learning Together

The house is still and the last of the burning logs smolder in the stove.  Dear hubby left for Philly today, miss him already.  But so dear was he that he took to doing my chores around the farm this morning.  Practically before coffee was done brewing, he donned his coat and hat, slipped into his snow boots and off to the barn to fetch some hay he went.  He filled the buckets with fresh water for the sheep and chickens and collected the eggs.  Meanwhile I sat in the sitting room carding more wool.  Ahhhh, such a nice and peaceful way to start the day.  But no sooner was he back that the little ones came bounding down the stairs wanting much of our attention.  And we were glad to give it.

Emma, our oldest couldn't resist the temptation of all the wool on the floor and not being able to touch it.  She looked at me with pleading eyes and I went about showing her how to card the wool.  She beamed!! When she made her first rolag she jumped for joy and wanted to know when she could start to make felt LOL!!  Abby, who will be three next month was content to sit in her rocker with her lovey and her milk, she likes to admire from afar.

Emma placing her locks on the carders. They are bigger than she is! 
She looks like she knows what she's doing!

So as I go about learning all things Icelandic sheep and all things woolly, its so much more fun learning it together with my girls.  Even if they never grow up to enjoy the same things I do, its nice to know they have been exposed to these little wonders in the world.  Though I can bet that Emma will be asking for a set of carders instead of an I-pod for her next birthday!!! Yay!!! A mother can dream.....


  1. Hi Sandy, and Happy New Year. Hope all is well with you - I had an Icelandic question - are your sheep going out most days in the winter weather???? Thanks, Elaine over in Lyons, will be getting our sheep in a couple months!

  2. Congrats on getting your sheep soon. They head out some days, but when the snows got a little deeper and the temps really dipped down low they pretty much stayed in their little three sided barn. Maybe coming out once for a little while but then back in they went.

  3. Thanks, Sandy. You can imagine, I am sure, that I spend a LOT of time daydreaming about the sheep!

  4. Sounds like a perfect day other than watching hubby leave for his trip.
    Looks like Emma is going to be a fiber artist!

  5. Elaine, will this be your first go at raising sheep? this is ours! And I still daydream! right now I am looking forward to lambing...excited and nervous!! Good luck to you! Can't wait to see pictures of them!

  6. Elaine sorry for the confusion. I was signed in under my other blog google account :O