Fleecewood Farm

  (Hastings, Minnesota)
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Knitters Challenge

It has been a topsy- turvy year.  Earlier, the rams eager to visit with their ladies,broke down the fence bordering the two pens.  So we ended up having lambs born in the late winter months.  We usually strive to have our births in the spring, so the ice and snow is not a threat to the newborns. But with sheep each year they add some new situation to the mix, so you are always learning.  They like to keep you on your toes. Now it wasn't the fence that was new... that has happened before.  This time it was that one of the new lambs ears had puffed up.  And yes you guessed it.  Our first frost-bite case.  Unfortunately it resulted in tinier ears.  But "little Missie" doesn't let it bother her and otherwise is doing fine. Although she does look a little impish.

It has been a wild ride for me too.  I had an off the beaten track adventure with breast cancer. I was very fortunate, living wtihin driving distatnce of the Mayo Clilnic. I was spared chemo but did have 6 weeks of radiation. I came through with flying colors (sunburned ones)..  Now why you ask, am I bringing this up?  What does this have to do with our farm? Well, let me explain.  I came up with an idea I would like to toss out for consideration. I call it the Knitter's Challenge.

Are you ready for a "Knitters Challenge"? Do you love working with wool and knitting lacy shawls or stoles? Do you have a little extra time on your hands and would like to bless someone else?  Does your knitting group need a new focus project?   I had the privilege of staying a few days at the Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN. This is a great place for people from all over the country, the world actually, with all kinds of cancers to stay, while undergoing chemo and/or radiation treatments at the Mayo Clinic.  I believe it could really put a smile on a few faces and help them feel loved during their tough journey, if they had the chance of wrapping up in something beautiful.  Please pass this information on to friends and knitting groups.  If you are interested in knitting a lacy shawl or stole and donating it for a drawing at the Hope Lodge to benefit cancer patients please email me at susan@fleecewoodfarm.com

As I am mulling this over, I think a drawing may be appropriate for some one ply yarn.  I'll keep you posted. 
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