A Simple Statement of Style

by DawnAurora on 10:59 AM

in Blog, Knitting Projects

A Simple Statement of Style

One of my biggest dreams is becoming a knitwear designer.  I had always envisioned living out in the mountains (kind of like I do now), surrounded by a couple of corgis and my family.  I designed my special places in and around the house that I decorated with things that I loved and I would sit, knit and write.

Well, things certainly never started out that way.  I used to crochet snowflakes, doilies and table runners.  I wanted to pursue becoming a designer.  I loved exhaust  ways to manipulate stitches and arrive with many splendid unique varieties of doilies.  I since then left that dream lie not only to be awaken at this stage in my life.

My arrival to this chapter has definitely taken some twists and turns.  First, I moved  down state with 3 young kids in tow.  I then  married  to the love of my life (so far 9 extremely happy and strong years), having one more little baby very soon after getting married.  We then decided to buy Coopworth sheep to support my habit and that lead into making yarn.  Then the yarn lead into the love of dyeing yarn, vending at festivals and finally I have arrived at knitting my own patterns.

Through all these years I have knitted my own patterns, but never took it serious.  That dream of designing that laid dormant came to the forefront.  It didn’t want to slumber anymore.

Like I said, I have been designing all along.  There are some projects that I need to maneuver through my pattern notes.  That within itself is quite a journey.

So, this pattern that I have created is one that my commitment to pattern making supersedes my impatience with writing detail.

This past year, I had some 2 ply worsted weight yarn made with my Coopworth.  It turned out beautiful.  It’s subtle brownish grey  that when over dyed with bright blues, reds and oranges turns into a rustic looking yarn that is meant for autumn and winter.  It is absolutely my newest favorite yarn ever.  It even has become quite popular at the shows and I only have a handful of skeins left and I am trying not to hoard all of them and sneak them into my stash.

Here is my completed project. I enjoy slow fashion that embodies a simple statement of style.

This lace ribbing was so much fun to knit up.  I extended the ribbing along the sides to create a slimming effect.

This ribbing is also in the neckline and arms.

I really enjoyed creating this pattern.  I am looking for test knitters for it.

Shoot me an email if you are interested in becoming a test knitter email: lazyosheepranch@gmail.com

Take a look at more of our 2 ply coopworth yarns. 

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

 

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It’s so difficult to capture true colors of beautiful yarn. The best way to try is to seize the golden hour times during the day. It’s those moments where the sun’s light is perfect for taking pictures.
Our open back porch is the perfect place to grab the sun’s rays.  I am normally greeted by a slew of playful kittens, cackling chickens and a bouncy Australian Shepherd.  Today, it was our cutie, Jean-claude, that rested peacefully on the porch without anything to bother her.  She just lazily lifted her eyes towards me looking like she didn’t care about what I was doing.

Out came my pile of new colorways and wooden bowls.  I was in a hurry.  I had to catch that perfect hour.  Nothing was in my way.

Click! Click! Click!  (Not really.  I was using my daughters digital camera. =))

I was down to my last object.  A beautiful yarn bowl my hubby hand turned.  It was placed well in to the light box and I turned around to grab the camera and the next thing I saw was this.

She, I guess, wanted to be part of all the commotion I was making.  Her look was one of belonging.  It was her rightful place to be among all of my action.

That was fine with me.  I couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots with her.  Even though I was in a hurry, I had to remind myself to step back and enjoy what was going on around me.

There is always time to take kitty pictures. =)

Plus, you can take a look at our new yarn colors and bowls. Click here.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

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My Poor Sheep are Melting

It has not been a very hot summer, but when the temperature creeps into the hotter. normal summer temps they start to get very uncomfortable. I mean like breathing heavy like they ran the marathon and looking like they want to pass out.

Between the hot sun beating down on them as I keep them out in the pasture when I clean their stall and their blankets, they roast.  Any attempt at gaining shade is essential on their list even when the shade only covers their cute face.

We (us and including the sheepies) cannot wait until we have wool-y weather.  That means we are yearning for temperatures that require wool.  These temperatures beg for you to get out your wool sweaters, hats, cowl and the essential wool socks.  The temperatures lure you into starting many, many projects.  It’s the greatest time of all.

We, wool sheep farmers, go to extra lengths to keep the precious fiber clean.  But we realize how our sheep feel having an extra layer on top of their coats. Providing plenty of shade, fans and clean water is a must to maintaining our happy herd.  Plus, by providing cleaner wool we put our sheep in the lime light. I love showing them off.

As you can see, my dearest Inga has some grass stains and a wad of something on her.  Who knows what the crew has been up too.  There definitely is some sheeping around.

Happy sheep creates happy yarn.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

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It’s Time to Wake Up and Make the Donuts

Grange Fair is here!  Welcome the familiar fair smells of fried foods, animals barns and we can’t forget the tractor or truck pulls.  This year wasn’t any different from the others except my son, Octavio, and my daughter, Oksana, and I all work the donut stand.

We wake up at the glorious hour of 4:45 a.m. to roll down to the grounds to make beautiful, yummy donuts.  We can’t resist test tasting some before they fly out the window.  It’s quite a transition from selling wool and fiber at fiber festivals.  It’s absolutely fast and furious.  Sometimes the line seems so long that it looks like there is no end in site. I love it!

 

My favorite part about working the donut stand is that I work along side my son. ( My daughter works a different shift.)  We work so well together.  I learn so much working along side of him.  I see how he is transforming from a boy into a gentleman.  He gets along well with everyone and he loves to serve people.  I am so very proud to be called his mom.

Have a great week!

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

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Coopworth: Our Sheep of many Colors

by DawnAurora on 8:17 AM

in Projects

Coopworth: Our Sheep of Many Colors

It’s amazing what you can learn from sheep.  I have seen mother’s adopt other babies.  I have seen mother’s put their frisky lambs in place.  I have also seen their social interactions.  You can see best friends stick together and enemies steer clear of each other.   You can tell who leads and who the last one is in the pecking order. Their is always one extremely loud bellower in the bunch and there is the one who is timid and quite a bit flaky.  Our sheep amaze me.  We never have a dull moment.

Besides their unique and quirky behavior, they have their own beautiful and natural colors.   When I look over my herd, I see warm shades of grey, tans and white.  Their color is one of the many things that drew me to the breed.

I always refer to them as my sheep of many colors.  When I look out over my field, I see it decorated with color (yes, and some with their coats =)). I embrace the their natural tones.  My knitted sweaters transform into rustic, warm pieces that remind me of pioneer times.  Times where in order to have color you used natural dyes.   It completely fascinates me.

I think that it’s time to slowly introduce you to the crew (our sheep family).  You will come to love them as we do.

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

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Camping

by DawnAurora on 10:22 PM

in Creative Camping, Projects

My favorite get away with the family is none other than the tried and true, old fashioned camping get away. You get all the excitement in one trip from burning your sibling with a stick, peeing behind “trees” (actually tall grass you can see thru), a black snake slithering into your camper, fishing woes, biking accidents, eating so much camping food til it comes out your ears, catching your shoes on fire, accidentally drinking out of what you thought was gingerale and it turned out to crick water that contained a couple of dead minnows. My gosh! The list rolls on and on. Each one of our trips is memorable and quite quirky.

And we love it!

I find joy in knowing the camper is my special space.  I decorate it with things that bring me happiness and joy.  I know the kids like to snuggle in after a hard day of playing.  Yes, I do bring a DVD player so we can all watch together.  It tops off their night time after making a pile of s’mores and playing hide and go seek.

Here are some items that are a must in my ’62 Shasta camper.

Adirondack style salt and pepper shakers are a great way to add the rustic feel to your picnic table or camper table.  I picked up this cute pair at a garage sale for around $3.00. My hubby loves this style and so I couldn’t resist.

Another item that I acquired that fits perfect with our camping trips are these napkin/silverware holders.

They have a retro vibe going.  It ties perfectly with our camper. It is another garage sale find.

Last but not least.  A great way to add your touch are through pretty towels.  Now I did not pick this up at a garage sale, but it is a design by Pioneer Woman that I really enjoy.  The picture isn’t the greatest, but that is the original stove to our camper.

A lot of our items are garage sale finds.  We stick to a budget to decorate and find some amazing items that fit the feel of the family and the camper.

Happy Camping,

DawnAurora

 

 

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The Maker’s Journey

by DawnAurora on 1:50 AM

in Blog, Projects

The Maker’s Journey

Playing with wool or any other yarn-y medium is an art.  From shearing wool, cleaning, combing, spinning and down the line it all adds up to one glorious beautiful skein then project.

Is there a part of the journey that you adore?  Is there a part that you would skip?

When I start any project, I envision what I would look like in it, how it would feel, the style etc. So, the end is my ultimate goal.  I have soon learned to enjoy every step.  The slow, beautiful process that takes place.  It relaxes me and trains me to live a little slower.  Take time to smell the roses or should I say “smell the yarn”.

Yarn wound for an upcoming vest project

 

Doing some cables on the body of my fall sweater

 

Gave these pillows an update with new hand sewn cases

 

My wardrobe is even slimming down.  I absolutely love and enjoy slowly decorating my shelves with sweaters, skirts, scarves, hats and mitts with projects that I have spun and knit up.  Calm and peace overflow from within and grace my household.

Yes, from little comes much.  I am a better business owner, mom, wife because I am choosing to take the time to slow things down and enjoy.

What do you do?

Happy Knitting,

DawnAurora

 

 

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Can They Get any Cuter

July 13, 2017

Crazy over Coopworth Sheep This year’s breeding goal- smaller herd of lambs.  I never thought I would say such a thing.  Standard thinking is the bigger the herd the better.  Enter in-> a new way of thinking. Due to the size of our land there wasn’t  way I could possibly achieve my goal of having a nice, big […]

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Lazy O Ranch Vlog #1

July 1, 2017

Lazy O Ranch Vlog #1 Hello and welcome to my first ever vlog. Join me as I  journey  through sheep farming, knitting projects, and new indie hand dyed and painted colors. Today, I talk about my current knitting projects, the project my little boy thinks I should be doing, my new colorways on Etsy and […]

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Feast Your Eyes on these Vibrant Yarn Colors

June 30, 2017

Feast Your Eyes on these Hand Dyed Vibrant Yarn Colors Okay! Truth be told. I am very attracted to autumn colors. Autumn is my absolute favorite season and the beautiful hues of reds, browns, yellows, greens and oranges come with it. Plus, I think fall matches my skin tone the best. As an indie dyer, I have […]

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