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Friday, May 1, 2009

Sven, the heartthrob lamb!

Oh Sven, you just make my heart go pitter-pat. If I were a female sheep, I'd be following you around with my tongue hanging out. You just make one little "bleat" and I come running to make sure you're alright. It's clear, you have me wrapped around your little hoof.

Seriously, what's not to love about this lamb?

I love all our lambs of course. This has been our first year of lambing and it has been exciting and thrilling and entirely fascinating. I had never watched a lamb being born before, never held a newborn lamb that was still wet from birth, never participated so closely in their care. Even though I did bottle feed a couple of lambs as a child, this spring has been just remarkable in terms of what I've learned about sheep, lambs, and fleece! Here's the crew of 2009 lambs - Sven and Bramble in the middle, Calypso and Clipper both to the left, and Rocky and Bullwinkle front and right.

Even so, there is always one lamb that stands out. Sven's little sister, Bramble, is adorable because she's so tiny and sweet. But Sven himself is bewitching. His shape is so square and solid - you can already see that he's going to be a lovely adult ram. He is always with Bramble! Here they are, sleepy in the sun.

His face is very symmetrical and well shaped, with those horns just bursting out already. I think his face will just get more beautiful as he becomes an adult. I hope his horn set is good!

His fleece is gorgeous - he came out jet black, but his "sugar lips" gave away the grey trait, and now it is beginning to show. He will have a gorgeous soft grey fleece, perfect for spinning!

So, much as I love all my 2009 lambs, I think Sven is my favorite so far in terms of his overall appearance and traits. Of course....we're still waiting on the ever-huge Kitkat.

I'd love to know what other Icelandic sheep owners think of my Sven!

19 comments:

Blue Goose Farms said...

Congrats!! They are all so adorable!

Dirt Princess said...

I think they are all great! Such cuties

Mom L said...

Well, I certainly think he's delicious!!! No, no, Sven, I didn't mean it THAT way! Your kind is safe from me. Bramble's coloring has certainly changed, but it's gorgeous. Now, don't forget Luna in your new love for Sven!

Happy new babies,
Nancy

Lola Nova said...

what gorgeous animals you have there. All of them make my heart go pitty pat.

Kara said...

He is Handsome!!! Congrats on a wonderful lamb crop.

Ishtar said...

Well, I am not an owner of Icelandic sheep but he really is a sweetheard! I've been wanting an all black sheep for a long time... Not sure our whool-less sorts are as cute as Sven, but black is the colour!

d/iowa said...

oh sven! so handsome! what does luna have to say about all of this? ;)

Mare said...

I don't think i could pick just one but i think Sven and Bramble are my favorites...Poor Kitkat!!!

Flartus said...

LOL, I think there are some Luna fans getting impatient with you, Claire!

You can already see the Big Man sheep in Sven; kind of like you can start to see the man in a preadolescent boy if you look closely enough. He indeed going to be quite the handsome fellow.

I will miss his all-black coat, though, especially with his all-brown sister in contrast. What a pair!

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

I'm not a sheep owner but I think your Sven is a handsome fellow. And doesn't he seem to have an "air" about him even in photos? Lucky you to have such a nice young man.

Christy said...

I think he is beautiful! What nice fleece already.

Yellow Jacket Ridge Angoras said...

Goodness...where have I been? I've missed a few births! They are all beautiful...and KitKat looks like she must be carrying quads!

Wrensong Farm said...

What a cutie Sven is! (and love the name!). Icelandics are a sheep I've always liked....no, no, no, I have to stay with Shetlands only....:)

Strawberry Lane said...

That little "Sven"is absolutely adorable. I'd never get any work done with that cute little face looking at me.

Karin said...

I wish so much we could just hop in the car and come over and visit.

Terri and Randy Carlson said...

Sven is indeed a handsome boy. I love black lambs, and love them even more if they stay black without silvering, with nice wide horns. However, a word of caution...don't make Sven a pet unless you plan to wether him. He may become a mean ram destined for the freezer!

Jenny Holden said...

Buautiful sheep. Sven is a handsome little chap :o)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Sven... you are a sweetie-pie!

Poor Kitkat... *ugh* she makes me uncomfortable just looking at her!

Flartus said...

Hey busy one!

Just wanted to let you know I mailed the shirts off today--should get there in 3 days.

Something to look forward to this week--bon courage, as them Frenchies would say.