Indulge in the Beauty of Earth Toned Yarn

Imagine miles and miles of luscious, warm, natural, earth-toned wool that fades at each color transition.  A scarf that calls your name and makes your feel invincible to the cold, winter weather outside.  A scarf that beckons to be worn 24/7 and never put away.

This scarf is knit up using an easy garter stitch.  You could almost knit this up blind.  My thought behind this project was to allow the natural colored wool speak for itself.  I was able to create this by using a simple pattern.

This scarf is approximately 9 feet long and 16 inches wide.

Our current Coopworth sheep natural colors are knit up starting with a solid section that fades into the next color.  Waves and waves of earth tones that allows you to wear it as a scarf or shawl.

 

Almost 6 skeins of Coopworth yarn in 3 ply dk weight are used.  Easy garter stitch travels from one end to the other.  It’s a no brainer project that you’re sure to enjoy.

Here is a simple set of directions to create this fun scarf.

  • 6 skeins of  3 ply dk weight yarn  (check out our Coopworth earth toned yarn)
  • Colors- Steel grey, milkmaid and barbe rpoled or marled
  • Size 5 knitting needles – circular makes it so much easier
  • Steel grey is color #1, barber poled color #2 and milkmaid is color #3

Directions:

* Garter stitch used through the whole project

  1. Cast on 60 stitches with color #1. Knit for 28 rows
  2.  You switch colors to color #2
  3. Do 2 rows of color #2. Switch back to color #1
  4. Knit 2 rows of color #1.  Switch to color #2.
  5. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #1.
  6. Knit 2 rows of color #1. Switch to color #2.
  7. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #1.
  8. Knit 2 rows of color #1. Switch to color #2.
  9. Knit 2 rows of color#2. Switch to color #1
  10. Knit 2 rows of color #1. Switch to color #2.
  11. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #1.
  12. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  13. (Color #2) Knit for 28 rows.

  14. Do 2 rows of color #3. Switch back to color #2.
  15. Knit 2 rows of color #2.  Switch to color #3.
  16. Knit 2 rows of color #3. Switch to color #2.
  17. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #3.
  18. Knit 2 rows of color #3. Switch to color #2.
  19. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #3.
  20. Knit 2 rows of color#3. Switch to color #2.
  21. Knit 2 rows of color #2. Switch to color #3.
  22. Knit 2 rows of color #3. Switch to color #2.
  23. Knit 2 rows of color #2
  24. (Color #3) Knit for 28 rows.
  25. Do 2 rows of color #2. .
  26. Knit 2 rows of color #3.
  27. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  28. Knit 2 rows of color #3.
  29. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  30. Knit 2 rows of color #3.
  31. Knit 2 rows of color#2.
  32. Knit 2 rows of color #3.
  33. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  34. Knit 2 rows of color #3.
  35. (Color #2) Knit for 28 Rows.
  36. Do 2 rows of color #1.
  37. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  38. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  39. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  40. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  41. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  42. Knit 2 rows of color#1.
  43. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  44. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  45. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  46. (Color #1) Knit for 28 Rows.
  47. Do 2 rows of color #2.
  48. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  49. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  50. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  51. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  52. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  53. Knit 2 rows of color#2.
  54. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  55. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  56. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  57. (Color #1) Knit 28 rows.
  58. Do 2 rows of color #2.
  59. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  60. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  61. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  62. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  63. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  64. Knit 2 rows of color#2.
  65. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  66. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  67. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  68. (Color #1) Knit 28 rows.
  69. Do 2 rows of color #2.
  70. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  71. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  72. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  73. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  74. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  75. Knit 2 rows of color#2.
  76. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  77. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  78. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  79. (Color #1) Knit 28 Rows.
  80. Do 2 rows of color #2.
  81. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  82. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  83. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  84. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  85. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  86. Knit 2 rows of color#2.
  87. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  88. Knit 2 rows of color #2.
  89. Knit 2 rows of color #1.
  90. Now Repeat From Row 13 to 89 two more times.

You can choose any yarn to make this pattern.  Let the colors you choose make a statement.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

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Come Join The Pregnancy Fun

It’s time! It’s time!  Let us pull of our sleeves and start preparing for the upcoming lambie births.  We have a month and a half left of 2018’s pregnancies.  Preparation includes placing the ewes on an advanced feed program, gathering iodine, blankets, food grade lime,  weighing scale, heat lamp (just in case), alfalfa hay and building individual ewe and lamb bonding stalls.  This list is just the beginning.  There is a lot more to the preparation for.

The mid-pregnancy month is very tricky because the babies are taking a lot of nutrients from the mama.  Mama’s health is so important to the health of the little one.  The mama has to be in tip-top shape to meet their ferocious  needs.  Being over weight or under weight, lacking important minerals and not getting enough energy from food can cause detrimental effects on both of them. So, our focus is their feed ration and health.

Delphine is in the middle.  Because she is so petite, you can really see her baby bumps.

Druscilla is on Delphine’s right and it looks like she has a baby bump.  Difficult to see with the lighting in this picture.

This is our spicy Priscilla.  Her pregnancy is difficult to see right now because of her build and this is her first year as a potential mama.  Her fleece is absolutely gorgeous.

They need their daily exercise.  It’s just as important as their nutritional needs.   Making them walk to their mineral bin, and hay feeder are great ways to push them outdoors.  They are not at the waddling stage yet, but soon they will be.   I purchase sheep minerals in a tub that contains molasses.  They go ‘sheep-wild’ over that.  They even end up with molasses mustaches.

We cannot forget their mani-pedi.  Keeping their hooves groomed is just as important as all these other things.  Uncomfortable footing may cause them to not want to eat or drink enough to meet their needs, they will not want to go outside to get their daily exercise and the pain causes undo stress on both the mama and baby.  Foot health is a must.

I really enjoy pampering my sheep crew.  Who can resist those cute faces, fluff and baa-ings.  The happier the crew, the healthier they are and the happier the farmer.

 

Have a Wooly Day,

Dawn Aurora

 

 

 

 

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And The Knitting Needles Keep Clacking

It’s a cold day in December.  The knitting needles were clacking away furiously to meet the Christmas deadline.  An earth tone, all natural colored little boys sweater was being born.   The labor pains were great and the excitement of end of the journey was coming near.

Was the sweater knit in time?

First, the body was formed.

Then, the sleeves.

Afterwards, the arms and body were joined completely on the round.  Raglans style sleeving was added then the neckline.

I was so excited and so was my little Oren.  He loves all the knit sweaters his mommy makes for him.  I blocked the sweater, wrapped it with love and watched him open the package with frenzy.  The sweater was out and on.

Then this happened.

No, this couldn’t be.  I thought the neck was the correct size. Let’s try this again. We will make it work.  And….

Good golly!  His head must have grown.

Now let the frogging begin, but luckily only down about an inch.  I will accept that.

 

And here is my Oren in his new sweater.  He couldn’t wait for me to bind off the neck granted this was my 3rd time attempting it.  I haven’t a clue what I was thinking.

 

Couple of sweater notes:

  • It was knit up using our farm to hand, Coopworth sheep yarn.
  • I used our 3 ply, DK weight which lasts for a long time and can take wear and tear.
  • Go and grab yours here.

Happy Knitting,

P.S.  Don’t forget to grab your earth tone yarn here.

 

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It’s Shearing Season at Lazy O Ranch

January marks the month that we, or should I say I, start shearing my crew.  I am definitely not your regular zip-zip-zip sheep shearer.  I am the one who can do 4 in an hour and need to take a couple of days off.  Shearing 4 sheep in a day is my limit.  My back will tell me to knock it off if I chose to push it.  As long as our herd stays small I can handle the task.

Let me tell you a little secret.  Shearing their entire body doesn’t happen in one sitting.  It takes me a two shearings to make their ‘wool-do’ complete.  The ewes’ are not particularly happy with me when they undergo their glam transformation in two tries.  I try to remind them that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  (It really doesn’t help.)

The big question…

Is my sheep crew hurt in the process?  Absolutely not.  This part I am pretty happy about.  Because I am a novice, my cuts may not be as true as they should be.  By giving myself and the sheep time, I am able to shear without shock.  I wished I could become more professional at it, but if they are happy then I am happy.

Another aspect that is really nice about this procedure is that I can go out and get wool whenever I want to.  Hey, I need some roving made.  I can walk right out and choose grey or white.  What a great feeling.

When I shear in January, I can tell if they are pregnant.  It helps me manage the crew accordingly.  Lambing season is coming right up and a close eye needs to be kept on my darlings.

Eunice is a bit turned off by her lion mane.

Charlotte is so NOT happy with me. She won’t even look into the camera.

Whoops!  I missed a spot on Druscilla.  Poor thing!  I bet Pablo is laughing at her.

The first shear is the most important one.  I basically cut their saddle area and leave the rest for the second cutting.  This helps save on my back and not get too tired for the rest of the appointments.  This is where your yarn and roving come from.  I need it to stay as clean as possible.  If my girls don’t have coats, the wool get dirtier as the winter season goes on.

I know it would be a lot easier to make an appointment with the pro, but I do enjoy the entire process.  No other feeling beats the enjoyment I receive from being hands on with my crew.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

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Exposing My #knittruth

I have a #knittruth.  I am very biased towards using my own sheep’s wool for sweaters, hats and mittens.  I am so in awe of producing my own yarn that I find it difficult to want or need anything else.  Ack!  I said it.

Seriously, who can resist the warm, natural colors of wool.  When my sheep produce it, that makes it even more amazing to me.  I am still in awe of the whole process.

When it comes to knitting I enjoy the natural colors.  When I say enjoy, I mean weep tears of joy, get butterflies in my stomach, and have the facial expression of absolute sheer bliss.   Raising sheep reminds me of a simpler time of slow fashion and knitting for necessity. FYI:  Coopworth wool was used a lot in making Gansey sweaters which were 5 ply Coopworth sheep yarn that created sweaters made to endure harsh weather on fishing boats.

Classics, natural, enduring beauty are my thing.  Let me show you why.

Who can resist these faces. =) Here we have Ezmerlda (left) and Estelle (right).

From left to right.  Priscilla, Ireland, Evelyns (butt), Pablo, Delphine and Grace laying in the back.

Here is a taste of the raw fleece and the natural colors that they exhibit.  The Coopworth has a staple length of around 7 inches and extremely lustrous. 

Here is one of my many projects using natural colors that are on queue. This is a super long shawl/scarf that uses all of our natural colored skeins.

So, there we have it.  My #knittruth is out there for all to see.  I still drool over colors and color combos, but this will always be my heart’s choice.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

P.S. With me knitting sweaters and vests right now, these skeins won’t last long.  Get yours now!

 

 

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Enter At Your Own Risk- Encounter the New Squishy Softs

 

I been having way too much fun.  It’s definitely not a hard day of work, but a fun and exciting day.  Creating new colorways and color blends make my heart happy.

With spring on the horizon, variations of eye popping blues, soft yellows and bright greens come into play.  Purples, greys and dark navy blues also thrown into the mix.  The cooler colors dominate as the days lengthen.

Enter the Shop Click Here.

Happy Knitting,

Dawn Aurora

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Take Your Knitting on an Adventure

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Take Your Knitting on an Adventure

Your knitting journey is one to enjoy.  It’s to create a grand adventure where you surround yourself with knitting tools that you love.  Your tools have the ability to cheer you up even through the most frustrating and painful  mistakes.

It took me awhile to realize how easy  projects become when you have the right tool.  I would try to fashion certain devices out of plastic containers, twisty ties, paperclips, and other handy household items.  They would do the trick in that instant, but what I found out is that I enjoy my knitting more when I have creative instruments to work with.     I’ve gone from using twisty ties to mark my rows to using beautiful knit stitch markers.  I can’t fathom turning back and neither can my knit projects.

Here is my list of favorite knitting tools:

    • Stitch Marker Containers-  These are so much fun.  You almost can make anything container a stitch marker container.  I have used metal Altoid tins and pill boxes, but these are my favorite.
  • Knit Stitch Markers- They come in 2 categories.  The first are the easy plastic ones.  These are so handy.  You can move them anywhere and collect any color you want.  The second category are the handmade or cute ones.
  • This is the first yarn bowl that my hubby had ever made.  He made it for my birthday last year and it continues to be my favorite ever. It has cherry mixed with walnut layered in the body of the bowl.  The shape is very simple. 
  • I call this nifty instrument a pattern holder.  This comes in so handy to keep all my current project notes and patterns in one place.  The hedgehogs create a bit of whimsy.  Love it!! Thank you, Stephanie, from Rock Solid Designs.
  • Because I am on the go a lot, I need my tools to be efficient and small.  These 2 styles of scissors fit the bill.  They may not be able to conquer cutting a pom-pom, but they are perfect for snipping a couple threads.
  • This year I finally jumped on the band wagon and bought not 1, but 2 project bags.  I couldn’t resist and the fabric patterns were perfect.  Thank you , Wanda, from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Bags.
  • Another fun discovery was this dpn needle holder by Twisted Yarn and Fiber Bags.  I keep this dandy tool in my purse holding a no brainer sock project.  I never and I mean never leaves my purse.  It is strictly car knitting material. ( The sock color is my)
  • This book light is so handy. I do a lot of late night knitting, so when my hubby wants to go to bed I get my book light and keep knitting.  Isn’t that what we live for?  The ability to knit through any circumstance, hazards and scenarios.
  • Love, love, love this notions bowl.  This bowl follows me around the house to care for knitting needles I don’t need at the moment, sewing needles, row counters and even chocolate. My hubby made this for me out of elderberry.
  • I never thought I would travel with a ruler, but through experience I notice you cannot eyeball your projects.  These tape rulers are so handy and the perfect size.  I picked up one from a fiber show and the other I picked up at PSU’s Ag progress days.
  • This my last one for now and definitely not least.  I have here a handy dandy needle gauge.  My needles are so disorganized and not numbered well.  I am constantly using this tool to measure my needles.  One of these days I will get smart and take care of my needles better, but for now this tool will have to do the trick.

These are my tools that enhance my knitting journey and inspire my creativity.  I enjoy surrounding myself with nice tools.

What are some of your favorite knitting tools?  What do you use the most.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

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Knitting Keeps Me From Unraveling

January 9, 2018

Knitting Keeps Me From Unraveling Does knitting keep you from unraveling? I can’t survive without having a project in my bag, or a project next to me or my knitting in my hands.  If my knitting is left behind, my company better be aware of any pending crises. I have a pair of socks going […]

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Let Our Homesteading Year Begin

January 5, 2018

Let Our Homesteading Year Begin The beginning of our new year marked the time when we start planning for the upcoming seasons.    If you are a mom, you plan for colds and getting all the remedies around to keep your family healthy.   If you are a sheep farmer, you plan for shearing, lambing, health maintenance and […]

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What is next- Vlog #3

November 4, 2017

Farming, Fiber Shows, New Indie Dyed Yarns I am a night owl through-n-through.  I never thought I would become a morning person, but unforeseen circumstances has proven me wrong.  I love early mornings when the sun is peeking up over the mountains.  I love seeing the low clouds cover the valley.  This morning I had […]

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