Last week, we were driving through the countryside passing farms along the way with fields of fluffy sheep. The lambing season ended a few weeks ago and the ewes and lambs have been sent out to pasture, some of them only a few days old, but already romping in the grass and kicking up their heels the way only young animals do in the spring. SO adorable to see that.
There's always the odd black one too; hence the saying, "the black sheep of the family", an old colloquialism for being 'different'. Sheep can see in color (although not as well as humans), and have wide- angled perception that allows them to watch for predators without turning their heads. In other words, hard to sneak up on one with a camera, as you can see!
Anyway, speaking of lambkins, I found this interesting pattern that someone had traced and had tucked inside a pattern envelope. I'm guessing this is as old as the pattern it was found with, which isn't dated; maybe 1940's or 50's maybe. It has the number 1218 written on it adding to the mystery. The pieces are full of pinholes as if it had been used many times. A clue to it's cuteness perhaps? I decided to see if I could make a doll from it using my wool blanket by omitting the seams and just hand-sewing the wool using a blanket stitch.
It turned out so cute! I now realize why the pattern has so many pin holes in it. I consequently drafted a new pattern and have uploaded it as a PDF to share, because I knew you would want one too. Click on the link and print: Little Lambkin