Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Shopping...

Did any of you take part in some cyber Monday shopping. I did. And I am exhausted. Ha ha ha. I bought some yarn, some beer kits, and called it good. Because after all, that I may need to make a transfer from our savings account tomorrow. Beer equipment kits are NOT cheap. But they do promise fun…

Tonight I am staying up because some whiner around here thinks he needs clean pants and long underwear for work. How ridiculous. He’ll just get his clothes dirty again if I keep washing them. What’s a girl to do? Brent didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight, so I took pity on him. He’s expecting to work long hours all week.

Just when it was beginning to look like our snow would disappear again, they have threatened us with more. It seems as if winter is upon us once again. There probably won’t be more pictures like this one of Maggie for a while:



I honestly don’t know how she can cram herself in the top of that planter. The planter bottom broke out years ago, so we put it in the ground to look pretty with flowers growing in it. Some years, it works out nicely. I’m not going to call Maggie a flower, because she’s more like an out of control thistle. She’s awful cute and sometimes it is awful hard not to let her become awfully spoiled. Of course, the moment after I think what a sweet adorable little thing she is, she does something decidedly NOT adorable. Like digging a hole next to that planter big enough to plant a shrub in.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snow

I really hate when, through my own bad judgment, I lose half a blog post. I didn’t have to just flip the breaker without thinking to go shut off the computer… All in an effort to fix an outlet and get the Christmas lights up. We don’t have lights on the house yet because the roof is still covered in snow. I’m sure it will all melt off and Brent will be able to get up there to put them up.

This morning, I took pictures of our herd having breakfast:






Portia and Dolce

Friday, Brent managed to get a lot of work done on the sheep barn. It now has 3 walls completed along with windows. I am hoping he can get the 4th wall and door in so we can keep the sheep there. Things are a bit crowded and complicated up at the goat barn. The goats are spending their nights in a stall while the sheep are all crammed in the main pen. All so that the 2 newest girls can be separated every morning to get their grain. They’ve just been bred, so they get a bit extra in the morning for a while. Portia and Dolce are very keen to get sorted off every morning for a special treat: barley and corn. When they are off the special treat train in a few weeks, things will be less complicated.

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about Christmas stuff. I’d like to make the girls some slippers for Christmas, but I don’t want to put any extra stress on myself. There will be plenty of that without me piling more on. I’d like to keep myself on track with only having 2 knitting projects at a time. It has taken me years to get back to it. And I need to do the finish work on at least one project that is finished knitting. I think I’ll look through my ravelry queue and see what’s there. A while back I promised myself to try to knit from it instead of just adding things to it. What is the point if I NEVER make things I’ve put in it? I can’t say I NEVER make things from the list, but I make lots of things I’ve never bothered adding to the list.

PS. It seems I will be adding pictures later as Blogger is acting up.

PSS. Pictures! Yay!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's Up

I have more new sheep! Well, I’d bought them already, but Saturday we went and picked them up. Fortunately the weather was nice. I need to get pictures of them taken. I was so busy yesterday getting things ready for the winter storm coming in that I didn’t take any pictures. It snowed all day Sunday. Now the snow is all gone and the temperature is dropping. It’s been getting steadily colder since I got up at 6. We didn’t get any snow with the wind in the night. There was a cold wind that must’ve started about the time it got dark. It was dark when we got home, but it wasn’t when we left the dance studio and the wind wasn’t blowing then. No blizzard conditions for us. I should shut up now before something happens…

I’ve made a knitting decision. Any socks that I can’t finish in more than 2 years are probably not for me. Everyone else may love Monkey socks, but I just can’t get into them. They look cool, but they just don’t hold my interest. That yarn would be better off being made into something someone will wear. I started a pair of socks I’ve wanted to make for many years. I feel good about them and enjoy working on them. And I need more socks!

These are the felted mittens I made for the girls:



I am knitting cuffs on to them now.

I made this flower a couple weeks ago:



I saw something similar on Etsy and thought it would be a great way to use up remnants of yarn. It doesn’t take much. I just found a flower on Ravelry and crocheted it in, like, an hour. Voila! New kitchen scrubby. I love it.

Last week, I made several of these:



They are produce bags to use instead of the little plastic ones. I love the idea.

Someone asked how knitting was going with a broken finger. I managed to knit fairly well after the first few days. I did have to be pretty careful with my finger for the first couple weeks, but after that it didn’t bother me to knit at all.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

A Rainy Day

I feel like it has been ages since I posted. It’s only been a week, but I’ve tried to write posts several times this week. It was one of those crazy, weird weeks. I’m glad to be starting a new one. Even if it did pour rain all day.

I finally finished my mitten knitting and felted them today. And last night I crocheted a flower scrubby. I saw one on etsy and thought it was a great idea. So I found a bag of yarn and searched Ravelry for just the right flower. Today was not ideal for pictures, so none yet. The mittens won’t be finished until I knit the cuffs on. I hope I don’t regret doing them in a cotton blend later on this winter. I don’t think the girls would like the feeling of the super wash I have on their wrists. Of course, I can still change my mind and do the super wash instead.

Since I finished knitting the mittens I can get back to working on my Bonsai Tunic. I think it will go pretty quickly since it’s a vest. And I’m knitting it in the round, so no seaming. Happy times. No seaming, lots of knitting!