Lambing starts in three weeks. The ewes are increasingly hungry but the grass hasn't started growing yet. The weather has been crisp and cold with frosty mornings, snow flurries and occasional views of the Northern Lights.
Over the coming couple of weeks, we will erect the outdoor lambing pens (we have no shed or barn) and let the ewes into the lambing field, where they can pick out their 'lambing spots' well ahead of time. The more experienced ewes pick out better, more sheltered spots in the field. I'll post a picture of the lambing pens once they're up, but they are usually a miracle of fence-posts, pallets, hurdles and sheets of corrugated iron. Each year we marvel that they have stayed up!
On the weaving front, I have completed a fine woven shawl in the moorit and the white two-ply wool - two panels which incorporated some pink and some 'bling' thread, hemmed and sewn together with my rudimentary machine sewing skills. It is being posted to Italy today as it's a birthday gift for my mother-in-law.
I also made my favourite scarf yet - again destined to be a birthday gift for someone else. My sister this time.
On the website front, I've had a go at improving the Search Engine Optimisation bit of the site, but not at all sure I've cracked this. It's all new to me.
The cone above has been my best-selling item. It contains 800-1000 grammes of double-knit, undyed Shetland wool in black, moorit and grey. It's beautiful!