Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm back! While I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, it's been very busy around here! First of all, we now have 24 little lambs, with just 2 ewes left to go! Still checking them every 3 hours around the clock, so in between shepherding duties, catching up on missed sleep, and kid's activities, I have found a little time to design! In honor of lambing season, here is "MaryAnn and Hope"! This is an all-new style of doll. Her body is a wood block, her head is a 2-1/2" wood ball, and she stands alone on her dowel legs and paper clay shoes. Very little sewing is involved, and she actually goes together very quickly. "Hope" the sheep has needle felted actual sheep's wool, and is super fast and fun to make! I'll be working on the pattern for MaryAnn and her lamb, "Hope", this evening, and will have it on my website very soon!
A little about the names I've come up with for this pattern. Of course everyone knows the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a little lamb", but my "MaryAnn and Hope" pattern name comes from our earliest sheep! When we first started raising sheep many years ago, our three oldest kids got triplet lambs. Our daughter Ashley named her lamb "MaryAnn". During her long life, MaryAnn raised dozens of babies. One of her last sets of lambs were twin girls that Ashley named "Hope" and "Joy". We still have Hope and Joy. They are now 10 years old, and they have three nice, big healthy lambs between them! Here's a picture of Ashley with her very aged ewe MaryAnn, back in 2004.
Watch my website for four new patterns in the next few days!