Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Poor Little Bunny...

So, this is the picture I promised to post yesterday:



I have never seen a bunny that small. Apparently, the cat didn’t want it, because we had to do away with it. I have seen some small bunnies when the cottontails have gotten thick in the past, but this is one is really young. Hopefully, there aren’t 16 siblings waiting to nibble my garden to a nubbin this spring.

How about some chicken foraging to change the subject a bit? Here are most of my cochins enjoying some beautiful weather today:



If I had been quicker, I could have had a shot of all my chickens.

Sunday, something very special happened. I separated the fronts from the back of Accordion and started the left front. I can’t quit picking it up to knit on now. It feels like I am close to the end now. And it’s always nice when you can really see the progress. Now I am working the neckline decreases.

Monday, March 16, 2009

What I've Been Up To...

What a long week last week was. I spent the longest hour and a half of the week teaching preschool. My daughter’s teacher insanely asked me to teach for her because she had to take her son to his G.I. Dr. Only 1 kid cried. She made me feel just great, crying because her regular teacher had to leave and her mom wasn’t there. There was nothing I could do to console her. I felt like I was some sort of ogre who scares little kids for fun. She cried for 20 minutes until her mom got there. Everyone else, including me, had tons of fun. The teacher said I could do anything I wanted. So, we did art, danced, played, and then their parents came and took them away. It is so much more fun when there are other adults there.

What else? Garden work, of course. Brent and I cleared out the garden one afternoon. He told me “you know, a lot of people do this in the fall…” and I made some comment about not wanting to start any range fires. We are going to put in some raised beds and at least one is going to be a no-dig or ‘lasagna’ bed. No-dig is a method where you pile things like straw, leaves, newspaper, and compost in and let it grow your plants and decompose. You can do them in the fall, and they should be well on their way to delicious compost by spring. We are going to get a big load of compost in a few weeks. Our compost heap suffers from too many chickens hanging out on it. We need to fence it in so they can’t eat all my would-be compost. If I throw it all in their pen, they won’t even touch the stuff. Ironic, don’t you think?

Our livestock are all arriving later than planned. This leaves us more time to get things ready. Our house is definitely not ready for baby birds. I like to get ‘em early and get ‘em out. However, this year will not be working out that way. We won’t get any baby birds until after the beginning of April. Baby goats? Who knows. I called our source and she said it may be a month before her mini-lamanchas kid. And they are costing more now than she said last month. Maybe she was quoting me wether prices, who knows. The good news is that I am #1 on the list for doelings. We want 2. I was thinking about getting a wether so we would always have plenty of company for them. At $200 a head, I think not. Maybe our neighbor will have a baby to get rid of if we feel we need company for them. One of our neighbors has a lot of goats. Over 50, the last I knew.

Anyhoo, check back on Tuesday for a gruesome picture of what the cat deposited on our back porch Saturday morning. Kinda cute, kinda sick.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Finished Object!

I finally took pictures of my finished mittens today:




I took pictures of both so you could see the differences in them. I definitely like the second one better. The ribbing on the back side of the mitten cap makes a huge difference in the fit. I love my new mitten/gloves.

The spinning is progressing. I am not finding a lot of time for spinning, so I am not getting much practice in. Right now, my biggest problem is the yarn wrapping around the spindle shaft rather than on to the bobbin. I suspect that I am going too fast. If there are any spinners out there with input, I will gladly hear what you have to say!

I decided I was being just a little freaking paranoid the other night and I am really not pregnant. I did not buy a test to reassure myself. I am that confident in my paranoia. My new paranoia involves the jar of blackberry jam that I opened a while ago. When I opened it, I found some jam on the top rim of jar and I am concerned that might have kept it from sealing. So I opened another jar to eat from. I sniffed back and forth and I really don’t think they smelled the same. The possible bad one smelled a bit sour. When I made it last summer, I followed the recipe in the pectin box and used the inverted jar method to seal it. I think I am going to toss it just to be safe. I used the second jar to make blackberry yogurt for lunch. Yummy!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Wheel!

So, yesterday the UPS truck found his way to my door with a little something:



I’ve had a lot of difficulty getting my fiber to grab onto the lead, but I finally got it to work by finding some Lopi in my stash. The world’s stickiest yarn should work, right? I finally managed to get it going, and then had problems getting the yarn to wind onto the bobbin. So, right now, I have a tiny bit of overspun yarn that is partly wound on the bobbin. I think my issue is just controlling my treadling. I am fairly certain I can spin some decent yarn with plenty of practice. Yay!

I try not to act too paranoid and weird in public, including the blog, but I am worried that I might be pregnant. Suddenly lately, I am exhausted all the time. Just like when I was pregnant. And my breasts have been a bit sore. I blamed a new bra, but maybe it isn’t. Right now, I really don’t want to be pregnant. We decided last year not to have any more kids. I’ve been looking forward to getting rid of all the baby stuff. But I am probably just being really paranoid. There is no reason I should be pregnant, but maybe I forgot a pill, you know? Maybe I’ve been staying up too late and not getting enough sleep.

Maybe I’ll go play with my spinning wheel and buy a test in the morning…

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I Love Piecework

No spinning wheel yet. Bags full of wool just waiting to be tried. I didn’t take any pictures of them yet. It’s been a gray day here.

I finished crocheting the second Critter and am working the decreases on the mitten cap. That is 2 nearly finished projects. Yay!

I was flipping through the latest Piecework today and found a column about lucet braids. They sound very interesting. The article said that they were used for the strings on old Scandinavian mittens. It also went on to say you can make multicolored lucet braid. I always love to find a way to make cool looking cord for projects, so I may have to learn this art. I especially liked that you don’t have to have a lucet tool to make it, you can use your hand. I read something on a blog about this a couple years ago and forgot about it after doing a bit of brief research on it. I love Piecework.

I am going to try and remember to post my weight on the first of every month to track my progress to my weight loss goal. This morning I weighed in at 138 lbs. So there we are, hopefully I will be less next month at this time!