Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Favorite Piggy...

These are my birthday flowers a day early:



We picked the roses when we went to get some hay this morning. The daisies are from one my flower beds. The vase is a pitcher that was my grandmother’s. It is definitely coolest pitcher I own. I have loved it since I was a child.

These fabrics are some I finally got around to washing today:





I got them a month or so ago to use to make summertime apron dresses for the girls. I decided to buy more of some of them because they told me they also wanted to be tops for Knitter #3. Funny how fabric can talk…

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Bad Word...

Today Brent got the word that his unemployment will end in 2 weeks. This is crushing, but at least our house is paid for. I have to figure out how much money it will take for us to live every month. There are only a few things we can cut. We don’t go out a lot or do things that cost money. We can get rid of our phone and the directv. I suppose we could get rid of Netflix and the internet, but I think that would make for a lot of misery. Jobs here are so far and few between. WHAT THE FUCK IS CONGRESS THINKING?????

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dratted Summer

We’ve been promised hot weather here, drat it. Apparently, we are going to have a summer after all.

The other night we got to town just as the rain quit. It was fabulous because the carnival was practically deserted. The kids rode some cars and the kiddie roller coaster, and then we found food to eat. Everyone else ate nasty corn dogs, but I ate from the booth set up by our local Chinese restaurant. The girl gave me tons of food. I was reminded why I love my fried rice. That stuff was terrible. There was a time when I loved it. I am so glad I know how to make my own Chinese food.

I am well into my first sleeve on the Pink Sweater. Tonight I was considering if I could finish another project this month, but I don’t think I can. I did decide to keep a count on the skeins of yarn I use up before September 1. There will be a count in the side bar along with the number of books I’ve read this summer.

The goat kids are getting super duper cute. They are just the cutest hopping along behind their moms out in the pen. Too bad Stanley can’t go out there. His aunt Zoe tries to bite him every chance she gets. Other than that, I can’t fault her. She’s a good mother and pretty easy to milk. Unlike her bratty sister, Belle. I bought hobbles for that wench, and that’s when the real trouble started. She managed to tear the things off and sat down so I couldn’t milk her at all. I got some great tips from the Goat Devoted group on Ravelry and from the Home Dairy Goat list on yahoo. This morning, we got enough milk to feed Stanley all day AND have nearly a quart for us. Very good.

Friday, June 25, 2010

I Couldn't Help Myself...

It would seem that I am a big, fat liar. I started these mittens yesterday. Ravelry link here. They are supposed to be made with bulky yarn, but I did some swatching last night and am using Patons classic wool for them. It is worsted, but I went up a couple needle sizes and am satisfied with what I swatched.

I am nearly finished with the left front of the pink sweater. Next up will be the sleeves. Then the hood. After that, the ugly finish work. I almost never make a sweater with loads of seams to sew up. I am not actually sure why I did this time. Possibly it was because it is cotton yarn and I thought it might need the seams to help it keep its shape.

Tonight we are heading to a festival in town and it is currently storming. Hopefully it will be all blown over by the time we get there. Last night we decided not to go, and the storm never materialized. Naturally, it would be stormy tonight.

This afternoon, the UPS truck rumbled up my driveway and brought me a delightful box. The hobbles have arrived and we will see tomorrow morning how much milk I get out those goats. Zoe kicked a bit this morning, but I thought she did quite well for her first time. I’ve been able to get just enough to feed little Stanley out of Belle. I expect to get loads more tomorrow morning when she shouldn’t be able to kick or put her foot in the bucket. Maybe if I get copious amounts, I’ll post pictures.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Actual Pictures of Knitting

Here are some delightful shots of unblocked Soria on Tulip:







I am not so sure how well stopping the texture where I did works. I opted not to do the upper band of color work. We will see how she does at the fair. I have no doubt she’ll be fabulous to wear in the winter.

My new finish project is the pink sweater:



I started working on it again just before the pocket shaping. When this one is done, I may start one of the other projects for the fair. I had considered starting one when I finished Soria, but I decided not to. I want to end up with fewer projects, not more.

I still haven’t taken pictures of the new babies. I keep forgetting to take the camera to the barn. This morning it was a disaster. I put both moms back in the main pen and then put their babies with them. Everyone was nursing the wrong mothers. That wouldn’t be such an issue, but the little ones need their colostrum. So I grabbed the new babies and put them in the stall they were in last night. But one of them was the wrong baby. This is a problem when they all look alike. Good thing the kids noticed he had blue eyes. I eventually got everyone sorted. Tomorrow the hobbles are supposed to arrive. Then we’ll see who puts their foot in the milk bucket. I am also going to start milking Zoe tomorrow. Hopefully, she is better about things than her sister.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Finished!

Boy does it feel good to finish a project! I finished doing the neck of Soria last night. I was then going to settle in to reading a Tolkein book only to find I’d already read it. That was off-putting. Today I reserved the book I was looking for (The Fellowship of the Ring). And to keep myself occupied I got 3 medieval stories.

As for knitting, I move on to finishing the pink sweater. I have to see where I am with it, but I know I am at least half way through it. My fair plans have met with an obstacle. In the knitting categories, they have accessories. Not separate categories for hats, mittens, and scarves. Or shawls. It peeves me that they don’t have more categories in the knitting section. They always tell me that if they have entries for things they will open up categories for them. So I will take the stuff, but it still annoys me. I’m even thinking of making something crocheted to take.

Late Breaking News:

Zoe has kidded! 2 more black and white bucklings. What a downer. I wanted another doeling. I guess we can eat them. Guess we’ll see what next year brings. The year after, we’ll probably have 3 sets of babies if nothing untoward happens to Kisses.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

So much has happened since I last stopped in. We’ve had babies:




These pictures were taken on their first day. The black ones are bucklings and the white one is a doeling. That was Thursday. Their mother is mostly good. Except that she doesn’t want her smallest buckling part of the time and has developed a habit of putting her hooves in the milk bucket. This morning she kicked it over. I lost my temper at that little turn of events. I ordered some hobbles online this morning. I noticed yesterday that she was beginning to kick a bit. Hopefully the hobbles come very quickly and she learns to be a good girl on the milk stand. I really hope her sister behaves better than she does.

Last post, I promised pictures of my mitten swap package:




What a load of cool stuff! Thanks swap partner!

And I’ve decided to make some changes to the blog. For the first time since I started the blog, I am going to try out a new template. I’m not sure I like the way you come up with a new template now, though. I might have to change it every few days until I find something I like.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

The Sun Came Out!

This was a post for yesterday:

The sun is shining! And we all know what that means… Laundry day!

I have sorted out some of my ideas about the fair. Besides Soria, I think I will use my daughter’s pink sweater for my cardigan entry. If I can manage it, I could use some socks I was making for Brent as a sock entry. That would mean making the second sock, though. We all know what a deal breaker THAT can be.

Today I did some other fun things. Like mucking out the barn. It was going great until the sheep showed up. They are as uncooperative as goats. Maybe even more so. I had to give it up and come back to the house. And the meant it was time to finally pull out my Wii Fit Plus. I bought the Wii and the Wii Fit Plus last weekend. That thing is fun. I could seriously work out every day using that thing. I’m not sure it is really as good a workout as Kathy Smith gives me, but it is tons of fun.

There was something in the mail the other day. My ravelry mitten swap mittens. And goodies. Heavens, the goodies! Pictures next post.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Knitting Weather

I am getting SO sick of rain. Normally, I wouldn’t say that. I live an arid region of the country. Enough is enough. I want to be able to mow my yard. I want to plant a garden. We have to take a dr trimmer to our garden so we can rototill it. And I am sick of being cold. In my memory, it has never rained on the last day of school. My daughter had to wear a jacket to school this morning! My animals are going to start thinking we live on the coast if this crap doesn’t stop.

I will try to look on the bright side if the sun shows back up.

I think today I am going to be knitting. Tomorrow might be a sewing day if I can get the swap mittens done. I have gotten the urge to finish the quilt for our bed that I started 2 or 3 years ago. I also have a quilt kit I bought for the girls’ room. It would be nice to make it before they start to dislike flowers and butterflies all over everything. Not to mention it is taking up a lot of space in my fabric stash. And then there is the fleece I bought to make a big patchwork blanket for their bed. Fleece really takes up a lot of space. Hmmm. It seems like I am really good on the thinking up of the great projects and not so good on the making.

I just thought of the bright side! Rainy days are great for knitting and sewing. How silly of me to forget that.