Herdwick Sheep

I’ve got a new sheepy friend to introduce to you today.  It’s a baa-rand new Hedwick Sheep kit.

The Herdwick has got to be my all time favourite sheep – I just love those cute little white faces.  The sheep are native to the Lake District of Cumbria, so lucky you, if you live there and can see them everyday.  I have to make do with pictures on Google Images.

The lambs are born black and, with age, the fleece changes from brown to grey.  The fibre is quite coarse so not one for garments worn next to the skin, but such a pretty colour.

This Herdwick has a lacy grey fleece, knitted from Herdwick yarn of course and a typically grey body underneath. It will be in my etsy shop soon, when I have received my photo order from the printers.  Here’s the sheep having her photo shoot before the snow! Smile please!

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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20 Responses to Herdwick Sheep

  1. Aaaah, so cute! Love of the shot of her getting ready for her photo shoot 🙂

    Alison x

  2. RosMadeMe says:

    I love your Hardwick, they are such a lovely looking and sturdy sheep. Glad you got your pics before the snows came 😉

  3. AAwww lovely, it makes me want to venture out and take some photo’s of the sheep in the field up the road from me.

    Jan x

  4. Caroline says:

    Aww he is so cute, love the pic setting

  5. diane says:

    hee hee!so cute,lovely x

  6. Claire Hoey says:

    Oh Linda
    He might just be my fave so far – although don’t tell the other sheep! I too love Herdwick and I particularly love the wonderful idea of his body being grey like his fleece! He is an absolute must have – oh gosh I had better get that baby cardy knit quick so I can go back to knitting all your wonderful creations!
    Claire x

  7. Lorraine says:

    “Awwwww, I want it” says Elena (any chance the prototype needs a home?)

  8. Wendy says:

    Oh how cute! Love the photoshoot pics too x

  9. mcrafts says:

    Just so cute! I love the last pic where she is looking up! Mich 🙂

  10. Jam Dalory says:

    Very cute, he looks like he has a curious expression on his face in that last photo. x

  11. Susie says:

    VEry cute! She looks just a little concerned getting her photo done! 🙂 Love the color.

  12. How adorable is that!!???? I love the fact that the fleece is removable! Absolutely brilliant!

    Ali x

  13. Rachel pinheiro says:

    Beeeeutiful xx

  14. serendipity says:

    Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. I love your sheep kits and wish I could knit. For some reason I find getting the tension difficult yet have no problem with crochet. Think I’ll have to try again! xx

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