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Posted 3/5/2009 6:35pm by Catskill Merino.
Cheryl's Scarf
Cheryl has knit a lovely scarf from a subtle indigo over a light cochineal; and below, her second scarf is knit from a more robust indigo yarn.  Beautiful work—perhaps she can describe the stitch and tell us what size needles she used. 
I  really appreciate seeing what's been done with the yarn and how the sheep have shared their warmth.
Cheryl's 2nd Scarf
Posted 2/27/2009 8:09pm by Catskill Merino.


Here's big 427, 9 1/2 months after his birth, on the farm to be sheared this coming Monday.  Click the "Lamb 427" Category in the lower left side panel for a history of 427.

Tags: Lamb 427
Posted 2/24/2009 10:34am by Catskill Merino.


We take a break from the cold while innoculating the ewes with CD/T vaccine.  I go to my idling truck, the heater blasting, to warm my hands and get my camera while Dominique huddles in with the sheep protecting herself from the 35 MPH gusts of Monday with afternoon temperatures that fell into the low 20's. 

Pink grease-marks on noses tell us which sheep have been vaccinated.  When all noses are marked, we let the sheep go to join the already vaccinated on the flats behind us; we then bring another 25 into the treatment pen keeping them bunched closely together to prevent them from moving which is easier on them and easier for us.

Gestating ewes must be vaccinated with CD/T several weeks prior to lambing to pass clostridium antibodies on to their lambs in colostrum, the first milk from the udder.  This vaccination is crucial to lamb survival as the lambs' immune systems don't begin to develop until six weeks of age.

CD/T (Clostridium Perfringens Types C & D plus Tetanus Toxoid) is a commonly used vaccine that is also approved for use in certified organic sheep; it guards against tetanus infection and enterotoxemia (overeaters disease) which is a painful, gastric affliction that is untreatable and causes a lamb's death usually within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Posted 2/22/2009 9:36pm by Catskill Merino.

First Yarn

Posted 2/22/2009 6:08pm by Catskill Merino.
Oscar came into the stand with his mistress who came in to look at yarn; Oscar kept a good eye on her hoping she would save enough money to buy him a lamb chop.
Tags: Dogs, Stand
Posted 2/20/2009 10:12am by Catskill Merino.
ValentinesDaughter is a knitter
Posted 2/18/2009 6:08pm by Catskill Merino.
Follow the leader
This morning, several ewe lambs followed a leader down from the frozen pond to the bale feeders, moving peacefully from place to place, one after the other, like the good citizens they are, no one pushing, no one rushing, no one late for work, each enjoying her step, enjoying the day—to liken people to sheep is always a compliment never an insult.
Posted 2/17/2009 4:30pm by Catskill Merino.

Lamb Bacon

In Bitten, Mark Bittman's blog on food in the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times, Daniel Meyer tells you how easy it is to make lamb bacon in your own kitchen. Photo by Daniel Meyer.

Posted 2/16/2009 8:52pm by Catskill Merino.
Ugh over Manhattan
Ugh with his magic horns over the Empire State Building
Under the Sign of Ugh
 Under the sign of Ugh
Ten to Six
Ten to Six
Posted 2/12/2009 5:14am by Catskill Merino.
Last October while ambling through the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, we came upon a vendor, Greener Shades, selling dyes for wool yarn that were "Formulated without the use of hazardous metals, these dyes provide superior light and wash fastness without relying on metal compounds to achieve bright and beautiful colors."

For some time now, we've wanted greater diversity in our yarn colors. Greener Shades seemed to be a perfect fit for us; their colors were bright but still complementary to what we were showing, their dyes would respect the environment as do the Earthues natural dyes we now use, and their prices were reasonable: we could economically expand our color offering. 

Gregg & Deirdre, the proprietors of Greener Shades, have a farm in Connecticut, with sheep, and a mill where they spin fiber; they are small & local, accessible & informative, and they believe in what they do—we like these attributes—plus they offer a wonderful sample book showing the colors, dyed on wool,  in tertiary blends of the primary and secondary dyes they sell; many of these color suggestions (or our variations of them) looked like they would display well in the stand, and on the site too, complementing the natural colors we already show.

This week we finally began using the new dyes—training wheel (color) time—a learning curve is upon us. I plan to chronicle our colorful adventures, or misadventures as they may be, in a dye workshop; and soon I should establish a display/ecommerce page in the Yarn Store where you can buy yarn dyed with Greener Shades dyes, expanding  the selection as we dye new colors. 

New yarn styles & weights from Green Mountain, new colors from Greener Shades...I'm excited.