Welcome to the farm Izzie!

Izzie on her way home to the farm
Izzie on her way home to the farm

Apparently today is #NationalPuppyDay which makes it even more perfect that today we are announcing a new addition to the farm- Izzie the puppy! Izzie was found abandoned in a Burger King parking lot at the beginning of March. Thankfully, the people who found her knew to contact an animal rescue group, Homeward Bound, to get her the help she needed. Homeward Bound took her to the doctor to make sure she was healthy and then took care of her for a few weeks until our people, Laura and Chris, met her at a doggy adoption fair. As soon as they saw her sweet little smile they knew that she needed to join the farm.

Izzie meets Elizabeth for the first time.
Izzie meets Elizabeth for the first time.

As a sheep, I’m naturally a bit wary of dogs because they have sharp teeth and often bark really loud which can be scary. Izzie isn’t as scary as most dogs though because she is so small! She looks like a baby but really she is a year old and probably won’t get any bigger. I’ve been told she is a Chihuahua / Pug mix, whatever that means! When she comes out to the barn she gets scared of all the big animals so Laura puts her in the wheelbarrow so she can see everyone without getting trampled. I think that all dogs should be trapped in wheelbarrows, that way I don’t have to worry about them chasing me!

Izzie still has a lot to learn about being a farm dog – like to not chase the chickens! – but she has a good roll model to learn from. Avi has been on the farm for as long as I can remember and she almost never chases us or barks at us. Hopefully Izzie will become a great farm dog like her!

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World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, March 4th, is World Read Aloud Day- a day for celebrating all the wonderful things not just about reading, but about reading out loud! Books are wonderful things and they are only made better when we share them with those we love by reading stories aloud. Reading aloud to kids helps expand their literacy skills, love of reading, worldview, and so much more. Plus its a fun way to spend time together!

This week, make a special point to read a book aloud to your kids, grand kids, neighbors…in fact, they don’t even have to be a little kid. I’m all grown up and I still love to be read to!

To celebrate, Laura found one of her favorite “kids” and sat down with The Story of the Unique Sheep for a special story time in the pasture. Grab your copy of The Story of The Unique Sheep, click here, and read along!

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#ReadAloud #wrad

Lambing Season!

Liam’s son, Bran

One of the best times of year on the farm is lambing season. This year we aren’t expecting any lambs at Square Peg Farm (the pasture is just getting too crowded!) but one of our ram lambs from last year has become a daddy at a nearby farm. Liam was the only lamb that we sold last year and he went to live on a farm with Soay sheep. Soay sheep are a very different type of sheep than Shetland sheep. They have longer legs and are thinner without as much thick wool. They are a very rare breed so most people have never even heard of them. Shepherd Sarah is raising purebred Soays but she is also experimenting with breeding Soays with Shetlands to produce a sheep with longer wool (like Shetlands) but the beautiful color and unique breed characteristics of the Soays. Her first soay/shetland cross was born last week to Princess, one of her Soay ewes. She is expecting at least one more lamb from Liam later this spring. Follow along as little Bran and his cousins grow up on Sarah’s blog.

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Coloring Sheet

Coloring Page
Coloring Page

Do you like to color? We LOVE to color and paint. Crayons, colored pencils, paints and dyes- we love it all! Just in case you like to color too, we made you this UniqueSheepColoringPage Just download it and print it out and you can color or paint your own Unique Sheep. We’d love to see pictures of your sheep- just take a photo and “share” it with us on Facebook!

 

Enjoy!

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Book Review: Boys’ Knits by Katya Frankel

Baley: Classic and Modern all at once. Ever boy – and man- needs one of these in each of his favorite colors.

If you are a knitter with little ones you probably know how many adorable patterns are out there for newborns. But as your children get older, the selection of knitting patterns available becomes more limited. Especially for boys. But if you’ve got a little boy you want to knit for, despair no more! Katya Frankel’s book “Boys’ Knits” is full of sweater patterns that you will want to knit and your kiddo will want to wear!

Taradiddle: It may look complicated but mosaic colorwork is actually very simple to knit. The mock V neck detail is such a professional, stylish touch.

Many of the patterns in Boys’ Knits would be ideal for the knitter ready to cast on her (or his) first sweater. There is plenty of information on how to do special stitches and techniques so you don’t have to have experience with sweaters before leaping in. Since kids don’t come in standard shapes and sizes, the patterns are designed to make them easy to adjust for a perfect fit. Make sure not to skip over the sizing section in the front of the book!

 

Landon: Knit in Aran weight in one piece, this sweater will fly off your needles. The textural pattern is simple to work with reverse stockinette stripes.

And even though the title says that the patterns are for boys, there is no reason a girl couldn’t wear these sweaters too. I’m even wondering how some of them might look on me!

 

Knit in soft, colorful yarns like Super Wool any of these sweaters will quickly become your little boy’s favorite. The only question is, which will you knit first?

Paint Splatter Cupcakes

A couple of posts earlier we talked about fun treats for Unique Sheep themed parties. One of my favorite (and SUPER easy) brightly colored treats are Paint Splatter Cupcakes.

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 box of yellow or white cake mix + whatever ingredients it calls for (usually eggs, water and vegetable oil)
  • mixing bowl
  • food coloring
  • cupcake pan
  • small bowls
  • several spoons
  • icing of your choice
  • sprinkles

Step 1: Mix together your boxed cake mix like usual

Boxed Cake Mix
Boxed Cake Mix

 

Step 2: Divide your batter into several small bowls – one bowl per color

Batter + Food Coloring
Batter + Food Coloring

 

Step 3: Add food coloring to bowls of batter, one drop at a time until you reach the perfect shade (stick with the 4 colors in most food coloring sets, or go wild blending colors!)

Spoonfuls of Color
Spoonfuls of Color

Step 4: Spoon colored batter into cupcake tray. Don’t mix the colors together, just plop one spoonful of red in, then a spoonful of green beside it, etc.

Oops! Overfilled them just a little!
Oops! Overfilled them just a little!

 

Step 5: Bake as directed.

Ta-Da!
Ta-Da!

 

Step 6: You can use whatever icing you want. I think that a plain white makes a pretty contrast against the colorful cake. With colorful sprinkles, of course!

 

p.s. if you want a rainbow rather than paint splatters, simply spoon your colored batter into the cupcake pan in even layers and in ROYGBIV order rather than in random, overlapping blobs.

p.p.s. the same technique works with full sized cakes too!