Sheep Spring Back Into Action

It’s sheep time again. It was only just a year ago that I destroyed my poor hands on peat bricket bailer twine and polythene bags to decorate my sheep “All Fake Fur…” for the Tinahely Sheep Flock by the Tinahely Arts Group – the sheep that was then stolen… Yes, there are very many sad people out there. I always imagine that the sheep has gone to a good home, but I have a feeling the reality is that it ended up being sold as scrap iron. I hope the person who sold it got a good few bob for the metal at least…

All Fake Fur… Tinahely Sheep Flock by Irene LundgaardAll Fake Fur… © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I diverge, those long days spent outside the house weaving that ghastly stuff was also done in bright, warm sunshine. Just like today. It seems that when the sheep are ready to spring into action the sun is too! To celebrate I started work on my contribution to this years sheep flock today.

TAG metal sheep is prepared for decoration by Irene Lundgaard Tinahely Sheep Flock 2012 Contribution © Irene Lundgaard 2012

However, this time I’m going to work with paint on my sheep which means I need to clean off the metal template and yet again, my hands are in bits… A cocktail of baking soda, washing-up liquid, Brillo pads, water, methylated spirit and sandpaper they really took their toll on a poor crocheters hands and I most certainly now know why it is that I prefer to work with the lanolin drenched fleece off a sheep rather than the “carcass” of one!

I have given the sheep the first couple of coats of paint, the next step is to get the “decoration” sorted. How I love a challenge!…

As for my hands, well, I hope they forgive me as I plan on spending the night crocheting in pure wool with what that entails of lovely softening natural lanolin…

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