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Pollyanna and the Random Weirdness of Baaa-d Things

Lyda here. Ah, Wednesday, bringing the Random Weirdness again. Today is:

The Random Weirdness of Baaaa-d Things*

* no sheep were harmed in the creation of this post

1.) My favorite sentence in this post is “Sheep face eternity unafraid.” Shouldn’t that be on a knitting bag? Plus there are pictures of sheep. So, really, including it in today’s post was a given.

2.) Read “The 7 Habits of a highly ineffective me“. No sheep, but there is a cat. And it’s a very funny post about being baaaaad.

And then when you have torn yourself away from Zodi’s Blog – because it is seriously funny and it will be hard to tear yourself away – we’ll go on with the Random Weirdness.

….. hmmm hmm a little lamb hmmm hmmm…

Oh, finally back, are you?

Me, no nothing, I’m fine, just sitting here in the dark, I hope you kids had fun…

3.) “I’m a Creep. I’m a Weirdo” – A cool story about being open to what life presents you… no sheep but defintiely coolly weird…

Not baaa-d enough? Okay, here’s the Running of the Sheep. I know, y’all are thinking “where is this and can I move there??”

4.) At this link, look at the columns. Now check out “If columns were…“. The children recognized that each white column had a right to its own specific nature. So they envisioned clothes for the columns. Maybe made out of knitted wool from sheep… Okay, maybe its a tenuous connection to sheep, but the whole Reggio exhibition link is too wonderfully weirdly cool for y’all to miss.

5.) Creepy sheep chair (apparently – according to my sketchy online research – made for a stage production and of course not made of real sheep). Come on. Admit it. You kinda want one. Be sure to read the comments section on that link for captions for the photo.

While at Richard Wiseman’s blog, check out the Monkey Business Illusion.

6.) Speaking of sheep chairs…  “Holds sheep in a relaxed position” indeed. Twelve!

They also have blankets for your sheep made of cotton duck. Does that mean I need blankets for my ducks made of cotton sheep? And if so, what kind of blankets do I need for my zombie army?

Wait, they have llama halters. I thought you just stood in front of your llama and said “Halt!” Although, come to think of it, that doesn’t work well for either the ducks or the zombies…

But I digress…

7.) Fun with Australia wildlife. Okay, there aren’t any sheep in this video, but there are a lot of baaad animals.

8.) Fun with Bighorn Sheep. Uh, that kinda sounds wrong. This is a funny little video of a sheep who’s sure he’s baaaad to the bone.

9.) Surfing for goats “Ah, sheep surfing. I’ve heard of this.”

10.) And for a truly triumphant end to the baaa-d weirdness – Extreme Sheep Herding – with fireworks and everything!


Pollyanna and the Weirdly Cool Row Counters

Anna-Liza here. Lyda’s post about the drink charms made me remember this site for Dark Playtpus Studio. The items on that page are “Life Counters” for RPG players, but wouldn’t they be dandy row counters? They even have two counting dials. True, they only go up to 30, but I can’t say I’ve ever needed to go up past 27, myself. And if you need something smaller (with a smaller capacity), there are Micro Counters. Look at these!

Two different dragons!        

For Lyda, there’s a zombie:     

For Marin, there’s this:    

For Stephanie, there’s this scary critter:    

Karen, what do you think about this? Seems like a natural for any knitter:      

Since she’s our Yarn Fairy, I’m thinking this one for Sylvia:    

For Red? What else but a Red Elemental?    

Ms. English Hotcar hasn’t graced this blog for a while–we have had exactly opposing schedules and haven’t seen each other in months. Literally. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about her.

   Just sorta reminds me of her sense of style.

Knitting Sprite is more of a problem–she’d pretty much love all of them. Maybe one of these:


Me? Oh, gee, it’s hard to choose. Maybe one of these:


That first one sorta looks like me, doesn’t it?

Pollyanna is a Bitch

Lyda here. And yes, I am a bitch.

Canine version, that is.
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Your family is what makes you tick, and you never “flea” from an opportunity to hang out with the whole gang. A family picnic complete with hot dogs, deviled eggs and a refreshing swim in the lake is hard for you to stray from. Your sparky temperament and dogged intelligence mean you are not only a blast to hang out with, but great to work with as well. Your close pals appreciate your patience and forgiveness, knowing you’d rather let sleeping dogs lie than dwell on the mishaps of the past. Your dashing good looks may one day lead to a modelling career, if only you can tame the unfortunate clumsiness that sometimes causes you to go flailing from the catwalk.

I found this quiz link on The Dust Bunnies Will Wait. See, ya’ll? Leave a comment, I’ll read your blog and link to it. Not that I’m obsessed with the blogiverse or anything… hrumph.

And speaking of knit blog – which I belive this is – ya’ll have to check out this post. Looks like it was made for Martha Graham, doesn’t it?

And how deep was the snow the winter this person knit this??

But this one makes me laugh. Yukon, ho!! Also, I direct your twelvenesses to her use of the phrase “pattern porn”. Yes, “twelvenesses” is a word. Yes, it is too. Oh, hush.

And ya’ll might get a chuckle from this, over at Susan the Shepherd’s blog for Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. A great place to get your RDA of adorable fiber animal pictures. See? More fiber on the hoof – and dogs too.


Zombie catepillars! Weird science… Lucky we have If You Were a Zombie.com to keep us up on this important news. Be sure to check out their line of zombie e-cards and check the blog for more. 

And finally, a candidate my Zombie Army can really get behind… shuffle behind, of course:

Zombie Lincoln for President!

Pollyanna and the Wool Market Post of Reasonable Length

Hi, Anna-Liza here. Lyda’s getting rid of stuff and I’m acquiring stuff–what a balanced pair we are, are we not? Yin and yang got nothin’ on us. Oh, that picture up there? It’s one I took on my way back home from Estes Park. Pretty nice, eh, Lyda? Might could even make up for the snow.

I find I’m still rather addled by the whole Wool Market experience (plus it’s Father’s Day, and I have a few other things to do than write. Especially considering I had such a grand holiday yesterday.)

So I’m afraid that photo I posted will have to tease you just a bit longer, but I’ll give you Part One of the Estes Park Wool Market report, as told by Pollyanna of the Rockies.

Since I don’t raise fiber animals, the animal part is of purely academic interest to me. I spend far less time in that part of the show than in the vendor’s barn. However, there are a lot of breeders and fiber animal raisers in this area, so those parts are very busy indeed. Add to that the people who bring their kids to see the animals, and curious folk like me! I did overhear one woman say to her friend, “My husband just asked me to not bring home any livestock!”

There are rabbits,

llamas, alpacas,




goats, and paco-vicuñas, which are so shy they used their hypnotic powers to defeat my flash. The fellow silhouetted on the left here had a sign on his pen saying he was for sale, for a mere $48,000.

I didn’t spot any bison or yaks or water buffalo, but that’s not to say they might not show up one day. Other attractions include the kids’ tent (where kids can try weaving and spinning), and the wool fleece judging, which is way over my head just yet:


And of course, there are the people and the other scenery.


Note the matching Hawaiian shirts and black jeans …

And of course, this …

Oh, and we mustn’t forget this:

Pollyanna and the Bad Sheep

Lyda here.

I know ya’ll think any fiber-producing animal is a good one. But Sunday I watched “Black Sheep” (2006) and these sheep are definitely bad.

In the best possible way.

And I loved every wooly mutant freaky moment of it!

On the advice of his therapist, sheep-phobic Henry returns home to the family farm, and discovers his brother Angus (Peter Feeney, who nicely underplays the role, giving his character even more creepiness) has been genetically altering the sheep. When the sheep go on a flesh-eating rampage, Henry (played by Nathan Meister, who is blonde and very cute, even when splattered with blood) must stop them, with the help of the brave ranch manager Tucker (played by Tammy Davis, who is a gorgeous dark-haired hunk of a man), and a cute hippie eco-activist chick (Danielle Mason) named Experience heh heh heh.

Oh, and did I mention that humans bitten by the mutant sheep become weresheep – like werewolves, only woolier? And if they were killed by the sheep, they become ZOMBIE weresheep! No, you don’t want to get bitten by the mutants just to grow your own fleece. That would be bad. Try to focus, ya’ll.

A snippet of the fun:

Tucker asks Henry why he is so freaked out by sheep – even the non-mutated ones.
Henry: “I have a phobia.”
Tucker: “What’s that?”
A murderous sheep crashes part-way through the door.
Henry: “The irrational fear that someday this is going to happen.”

Just because you’re sheep-paranoid doesn’t mean a sheep isn’t really out to eat your intestines.

The heart-pounding scary moments are interspered with humor, and the plot has some great twists. A good story, well told – written and directed by Jonathan King. The excellent and gory effects were done by WETA (the studio that won four Oscars for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy). Richard Bluck, the director of photography, is a multiple Oscar winner for cinematography. David Elsley, who did the creatures for Farscape, was the Creature Supervisor. I love that job title. I wanna be a Creature Supervisor.

The actors are very good. And the two guys are seriously crush-worthy, with New Zealand accents too. Oh, did I already mention their cuteness? The guy with the dark curly hair has an amazing smile and sexy mischievous eyes. I’ve always gone for dark eyes… What? Oh, right. I’ll just save that digression for my alone time… Back to the review. 

The female character is spunky and tough. There are some nicely sly references to “animal husbandry” wink wink nudge nudge. Dr. Rush, the evil scientist (Tandy Wright) is wickedly slinky, and the elderly Mrs. Mac (Glenis Levestam) is a hoot.

This is a very funny movie, and also very gory. Definitely worth watching; just not during dinner.

On the Pollyanna West movie scale, I give it:

4 out of 5 brains for gore, and 5 out of 5 brains for bloody good fun.

And be sure to watch the extra stuff on the DVD. I’m fascinated with the “making of” – these people have so much fun at work – and two of the deleted scenes feature the dark haired hunk being.. well, hunky and adorable. At least ya’ll have to watch the special bonus scene. Trust me on this.

How could I not love a movie with these lines, and I quote – yes, I wrote down the lines as I watched, that is the kind of geeky devotion I have to blogging movie reviews for ya’ll. Yes, I am a bit of a mutant myself, but I digress.

My favorite quote:

After several encounters with the mutant sheep, our three heros enter a eirily quiet cottage.

Experience: “Oh my God!”

Tucker and Henry: “What???!!!”

Experience: “The feng shui in this room is terrible.”