SIL is Polish, and I had read on several blogs last year that a Polish tradition is to have a butter lamb, so I resolved to try and make one this year. I also found out that in some areas you can just buy one at the store. Also, you can buy molds to make them, but I simply softened two sticks of butter and removed the parts that didn't look like a lamb. I did have a model of a lamb to work by, and that made it much easier. The eyes are peppercorns. After I finished it, I froze it for the journey to my in-laws and packed it in a cooler with a block of ice.
You can see more photos here.
We enjoyed the lamb as a centerpiece / decoration Saturday night, but Sunday we viewed it as butter. It was not what you might expect to receive from "Please pass the lamb." DH started by excising its tail, and we proceeded from there. Mmmm. It was tasty spread on homemade bread.
Knitting content tomorrow!