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Shaun the Sheep sheds shorn merino fleece ❤

wanted: black sheep
wanted: black sheep

Click image to watch video of
Shaun the Sheep getting sheared!
— image found on facebook —

Earlier this week, a wayward sheep made headlines around the world when he was found hiding amidst the scrublands at Peter and Netty Hazell’s farm in Tasmania. The couple caught him fairly easily, since the wool had grown over his eyes. Naming him Shaun, they carried the living, breathing ball of merino woolliness into the yard for closer inspection.

According to his tags, Shaun the Sheep had been on the run across Australia’s island state of Tasmania for 6 years. Having never been sheared, his wool had grown to half a meter (20 inches) in length—compared with approximately 8 cms (3 inches) average length. Speculating that he might possibly be the world’s woolliest sheep, they scheduled Shaun the Sheep to be sheared on Thursday.

Shaun’s shorn fleece fell just short of the world record (held by a now-deceased New Zealand sheep named Shrek). But he’s surely pleased to have discarded his 23.5 kg (52 pounds) burden of fluff! I hear there’s a new ewe-friend in his life now too… woohoo! 🙂

cheers for shears without tears ❤ Jackie




summer’s sweet knitting tweets ❤

baby birdie on lawn chair

summer's sweet knitting tweets ❤Summer around here this year has been one gloriously sun-soaked day after another since the end of June 🙂 Just a few blips on the weather radar and that’s all!

So it’s been a great source for vitamin D, but not a great motivator for getting “inside work” done. And it feels a bit like winning the lottery, too… not that I’d have any idea what that might feel like 😉

Only the last few days have (finally?!?) cooled off a bit. But that’s okay. We’re not done with outdoor patio weather yet! And it’s about time I got down to business anyway—sorting and editing through all those billions of Niagara Peninsula photos from our vacation.

Then today, we saw this baby birdie perched upon my knitting lawn chair. Could that tweetie bird have been looking for me?!? Whatever the case, this moment has inspired me to “tweet” you a message…

Stay tuned for vacation pics (no worries, I’ve whittled them down to a couple dozen), followed by the ever-blooming daylily display. The “stitch tech” page will soon feature knitting techniques your yarn will yearn for. And the “my designs” page has now been updated with a photo slide show and quick links for easier navigation 🙂

wishing you sweet tweets this summer 🙂 ❤ Jackie