Oh No- Farewell to Celebrity Sheep Shrek

  Was Shrek the world’s wooliest sheep? Sad news from New Zealand this summer as Shrek died. He achieved celebrity status in 2004 when he was finally sheared after eluding clippers for 7 years  by hiding in caves during shearing seasons.His fleece weighed nearly 30 kilos!  He spent the next 7 years touring , earning up to $NZ 16,000 per appearance (no idea how much that is), inspired 3 books and developed a facebook page. Shrek’s owner called him ” an elder statesman. He taught us a lot.” hmmm… In any case, he is just spectacular.

When I was young, we had a sheep called Henry the Lamb ( yes, that was his full name). Henry grew huge over the years, was shorn by Ladybird Johnson during her beautify America kick and inspired a children’s book. When Henry died (in my mother’s arms), he seemed as big as Shrek but it was all muscle (ok,  maybe fat too) not wool covering. Henry did not like  the male humanoid  species. Whenever my father drove home, he would zoom around the circular driveway 3-4 times with Henry in hot pursuit and then quickly emerge and race into the house. Henry also tormented my younger brother- he particularly liked to hide behind bushes ( or at least he thought he was hiding) and then charge at any opportunity. And who said sheep are dumb ?  Still makes me laugh….

 

September Debonnaire events- if it’s wednesday, I’m on a M road

Debonnaire’s September Schedule:

1-3 Sept  Manchester- Creative Crafts-done….

10-12th Edinburgh- taking Savannah to Uni ( not exactly Debonnaire,but gone none the less)

14th My birthday- def a debonnaire event

16-18th Sandown Park, Esher-  Creative Crafts

22-25th Exeter- Creative Stitches Westpoint Arena ( I seriously need helpers)

26th- London- Daisy Trust, Hurlingham Club ( I will be brain dead)

28-1st Cardiff- Creative Stitches

Please come see all the wonderful new yarns and patterns!

 

Wool Week!

As Wool Week kicks off, the Evening Standard pronounced “knitting and wool in general are cooler and,yes, sexier than ever before”….

Spotted yesterday in Knightsbridge Jigsaw shop:

A customer knitting a square of blankets for the HIV charity KasCare benefiting  Aids affected children in South Africa.

The article then goes on to recommend a knitting kit from the States (!) for those wising to hone up their skills. Gee, they could have at least researched the UK providers of knitting kits such as moi. I clearly need a PR person.

Seriously though, celebrate- There’s tons going on all over the country.

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