Life on the farm has been a swampy mess lately. It finally thawed out and now has had at least two weeks of monsoon conditions, causing my girls to be cranky and not their usual glamorous selves. Even Andrew, my Southdown Baby Doll sheep is moping. I miss his smiling little face as he waits patiently for the other roller rink floozies to fight over the sweet feed. I just muck around in my waders, schleppin’ hay and tidbits to higher and higher ground. I’ve even been eyeing a pile of old fence wood contemplating building an ark. BTW, thanks Bri and Brandon for the IKEA bag… it is working great for hauling hay and keeping spiders out of my hair!
So yes, I have a collection of sheep that I originally got to spin their wool and make art yarn. I love their wool. It’s soft and fluffy… and so plentiful… I even have a wonderful spinning wheel that I use to hang clothes on in my bedroom and drag out to the Mid-South Spinning Club once a year. The tubbies in my garage are really stacking up. What to do… what to do?
I guess I lost my enthusiasm for yarn when I realized that I just can’t knit or crochet… tried it… can’t do it. Perhaps I should have taken that into consideration before I purchased the sheep… The other downer is that most people in Memphis just don’t wear woolen socks and hats. Go figure! I just had to come up with some other way to use all this wool. That is when it hit me… woolen dreads! If you are unfamiliar with these cool beauties, check out Google or Pinterest and see all the vibrant colors and adornments. My brain exploded when I saw how creative I could get with it and immediately fell in love with the whole process. Thus, Deb’s Dreads were born.
Today the dreads went even further out on the limb of the crazy tree… One of my awesome sisters has a beach side gig where she sells wooden nautical art and driftwood masterpieces. It’s called “The Wooden Peg” (her name is Peggy) and if you are ever near Jensen Beach, you’ll have to check her out. One of the biggest sellers at The Wooden Peg are mermaids. She hand cuts them, paints them, puts on the do-dads and voila… Ariel swims off the shelf faster than Peg can make them. So one day we were yakkin’ about a new project and it suddenly popped up that it would be cool if the mermaids wore dreadlocks. Hmm… hot pink perhaps?? This conversation resulted in me making a set for her today which will be ready for the dying process tomorrow. I can hardly wait to sew on the little pink sequins and tiny sparkly shells!
This got me thinking about other types of dolls. I rang Florida and asked if she could make me a stand up version that I could make colorful dresses, head raps and dreadlocks. Now my head hurts… I’m going to have to get more sheep…
Stay tuned for the finished projects and let me know if my knitting days are over. In the meantime, making dreads for my human customers keeps me happy and insures that I can continue to use my spinning wheel as a clothes rack… or better yet… use it as the helm’s wheel on my new ark!