|Magic City Henley|
Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark says:
In thinking about what motifs represent Birmingham, Alabama, I was drawn to its history as a rail and steel town. It's also home to amazing green spaces; the city is filled with and surrounded by nature, including a particular type of wetland flower, the Cahaba Lily. I’ve combined stylized motifs of the lily, railroad tracks, and smokestacks to represent the Magic City.
The Magic City Henley is a bottom-up, circular pullover worked with steeks. (Don't know what a steek is? Google it!) The Magic City Henley pattern is available exclusively in Interweave Knits Summer 2015 Issue, we have plenty in stock. For the experienced knitter.
|Shetland Ram with Gorgeous Horns!|
So what's so special about Shetlands? A dog is a dog, but there are different breeds of dogs and each has their own characteristics. Sheep are the same way. The Shetland sheep breed originates from the Shetland Isles. The Shetland Isles have long winters and short, mild summers - it's no wonder they take wool seriously! The Shetland sheep is a small sheep that retains many of their primitive survival instincts and characteristics. Their hardiness makes them easy to care for; they survive just fine in the wild under harsh conditions and a poor diet, but thrive as strong, hardy and long-lived when raised on a farm. Today they are a favorite breed for a "spinner's flock," small flocks of sheep raised by handspinners and knitters on hobby farms, where they are often treated more as pets than livestock.
|Golden Fleece on a Shetland|
Being a primitive breed, the Shetlands are known for their horns. The rams have gorgeous spiral horns. Some ewes also have horns. A ewe's horns are curved but not spiral and overall a smaller, more delicate version than their brothers.
|Colors on a Shetland Ewe|
All of the sheep photos are from the website of the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association, an excellent source for Shetland information (and full of pretty sheep pictures, too!).
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy