Monday, June 29, 2020

Rug Of The Day - American Sheep

American Sheep
Pattern adapted from the artwork of Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm
Hooked by Cindy Louise Edwards

Fourth of July is just a few days away so it's time for some patriotic rugs!  I love Cindy Louise's version of American Sheep.  She incorporated several fun techniques into her hooking....quillie circles in the flowers and my "nine-cut stars" in the bunting.  Doing the stars this way is so easy and you can use a 9-cut  strip of wool instead of fussing around with a wee little #4 cut.
This is really one of my favorite patterns and has been on my bucket list for a long time.  Maybe it's time to get serious about hooking it!

I think Cindy Louise's color choices are delightful!
Bravo, Cindy Louise!

You can find the pattern here:

I'm late for my blog post because today was sheep & alpaca shearing day.  I think it's funny to see how they go from one fluffy blob to a skinny little critter. This week is going to be really hot so the timing was perfect and now they will be more comfortable.  My shearer is amazing at how fast and accurate he works.  I know it must be hot and back breaking so I appreciate his talent.

This is Kulta.  Her name can be a term of affection in Finnish and means "gold," "darling" or "honey."  She is quite the little rascal but she did very well for her first shearing.  Those buzzing clippers can be scary!

Ken and I tried to shear our own alpacas one year...let's just say we decided to leave it up to an expert after that!  haha.  Quinn looks like he's just taking his spa day in stride.

Unfortunately, this might be Sukka's last shearing.  She has been regurgitating some of her hay and the vet couldn't find anything wrong with her mouth so he thinks she has a stomach tumor.  She's doing OK right now and we'll take good care of her until it's time for her to cross the rainbow bridge.  It's always hard for me to face this reality but it is an inevitable part of pet ownership.

Stay tuned for another patriotic rug tomorrow!


Saundra said...

Glad you left that job to the experts because wasn't that the year you had your nose broken?? Sheesh, I don't recall seeing that AMERICA design by Lori. Perhaps they were all sold when I went to look at patterns at camp.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great rug! I love anything patriotic.
God Bless America :)
Sukka is lucky to have you for a mom. I know you will take great care of her and love her for as long as she is still here.

ChristyH said...

Beautiful rug!! Fun animals! I love seeing all of these patterns.

FWTFriendCindy said...

Thank you, Dear One, for featuring my rug. We, you and I, worked hard on this rug; only my 2nd or 3rd rug. I enjoy you, your sheep and your classes. With all the wonderful teachers you sponsored at your first Historic Franklin Retreat, I chose you again as my teacher. I’m never disappointed. And, Girl, you really have the best shop ever. Patterns, hooks, wool, whatever my heart desires. Wishing you the best for the remainder of 2020. Cindy Louise