Monday, May 31, 2010

A Knitting Day

Today is a knitting day. I have a mitten to finish for a swap. I made the color pattern up as I went with the first mitten. I was afraid it wasn’t going to fit her hand, so I had to rip half the hand back and lengthen it. I really hate when things like that happen. Just when you think you’ve hit the homestretch, you have to backtrack. At least it isn’t the sweater project I had a few years ago that I had nearly finished and had to rip completely and start over because it was too big.

I am probably going to take Soria to the fair this year. And I want to knit a lace scarf. What I would really like is for them create a division for shawls. I’m going to knit the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace today. I’m thinking about getting some Malabrigo lace weight for it. I do have some lace weight yarn, but I don’t care for the color. I’m not sure if I will have the time to finish anything else to take to the fair. It is only 2 months away. Sewing is a whole different story. I’ll probably do some clothes for the kids for school and definitely an apron. It really annoys me that there something like 30 categories for crochet and about 10 for knitting.

The sheep are out in the front pasture for the first time today. Brent finished fencing it yesterday. It feels good to have some more pasture fenced for them. We are planning on building a shed for them, too. I don’t trust those wethers around my baby goats. I think in the future I will buy ewes.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

School's Out!

Wow, it seems like there’s been so much keeping me from posting. School stuff, outside work, inside work. Work, work, work. I just want to time to sew and knit! All this work business is for the birds. I need lots of leisure for knitting.

I am officially on summer break. Knitter #2 will be on break starting Wednesday afternoon. I plan on spending a lot of time knitting and sewing. I need to get some stuff made to take to the fair.

Here are a few things I’ve been up to lately:

I made dog treats:

They were training treats. The main ingredient is pureed beef liver. No shot after they were baked, because they looked like poo. My kids even thought so.

Knitter #3 and I made Rhubarb Pie:

Brent asked for it and loved it. He is now sold on rhubarb. Incidentally, I have the same rhubarb plants that I ate from as a child. It is a testament to how tough that stuff is. It grew unattended and unwatered at Dad’s for atleast 15 years. It is thriving here.

And lastly, something Brent built:

So I could get the goats trained to it for milking:

And hoof trimming which is sorely needed. Zoey and Belle are not real keen on it right now, but they will thank me later. Maybe. I grew up with cattle who never had to get their hooves trimmed, so I wasn’t expecting hoof trimming to be something I needed to do. I felt like an idiot when I realized I should have been trimming their hooves from the time they were little. Live and learn. At least their hooves aren’t really bad. I read that not trimming them can be crippling.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

A Sad Loss

This a crappy way to make a post after weeks of silence. Mother’s Day was fabulous until about 9 pm. My oldest aunt called to tell me that my aunt Jo died. It was a shock. Aunt Jo has always been my youngest child’s favorite person in the whole world. I haven’t told my kids yet. There is no easy or good way to tell your 4 year old that her favorite person in the whole world is gone. How do you even do that? I didn’t know anyone who died until I was 15. My poor kids have had 3 very special people die in the past year and a half. It is so sad.

We’ve had lots of good stuff going on, and maybe I can post about it soon.