When you live on the West Coast of Canada you are treated to the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year. I know that this is also celebrated in many other parts of Canada but it just seems more festive there for some reason. This year is the year of the sheep.
My very lovely friend is having her first baby this Spring and it seemed fitting that a cuddly crocheted sheep buddy be offered to celebrate her upcoming little fellow. I did have a massive moment of panic after the package containing said sheep had been sent. I thought suddenly that I had been mistaken and it was actually the year of the goat! I looked it up and… sheep it is! Oh interwebs thank you for the rescue! Phewf!
Of course no new sheeply buddy could be sent out without matching Cape Breton wild blueberry hats, one for him and one for his brand new little friend; and then we most definitely needed to make a pair of alpaca soft shoes with little wooden heart buttons. Oh yes we sure did! (if you give a mouse a cookie… ). Hmmm, wait, Year Of The Sheep? That seems like a good reason to invest in some more yarn. Doesn’t it? Have to honour the great and wonderful giver of wool! Yup, that definitely sounds right.
There are all kinds of activities to celebrate that the Lunar New Year including a wonderful parade with the lion dancers that are so amazing they make me cry every time I see them (weirdo me). But the belle of the bunch has to be the very fabulously odd Gung Haggis Fat Choy celebration that fuses Chinese New Year with Robbie Burns day. Yes, that’s right, Asian cuisine married with Haggis, bagpipes and poetry. Fun! I just love it when people do stuff like this.
A most happy and fortunate Year of the Sheep to you!