A good friend decided that knitting is definitely not for her. She started this sock years ago. Last week she gave it to me along with the instructions on which were her minimal notes,
As soon as I finished the denim socks, I started working on hers. Today nearly the whole day was spent on them, but they are done and match the one she started. I’m so happy they are done and now have to decide on a small project for tomorrow since we will by gone most of the day.
Once again, it is Friday and I am oh, so glad. 3 alpacas arrived today. Here is a photo of the girls. The male was not wanting a photo shoot. The exciting thing is that in a couple months, I should be able to show you a new cria photo.
And LOOK! I turned this into a pillow, so I am ready for next year. – not late, just very early.
Finally, I’m getting around to starting seeds. I am out of bell pepper and cauliflower seeds, so will get those this week. But I did start a tray of marigolds and a try of alyssum plus cilantro, nasturtiums, heirloom tomatoes, endive, romaine, little gem lettuce, broccoli, celery water cress, red and white cabbage, beets, kale, cress, and Chinese cabbage. Radishes and carrots need to be started in the ground in which they will grow. Peas and potatoes are hoping to get into the outside garden on Friday. As soon as the seedlings get about an inch high, they will be moved to give them more room.
We went to the feed store today to get a couple of these feeding troughs for the sheep. We needed two troughs instead of the little dishes we had been using. There are actually two in this photo with sheep surrounding each. This is a much easier way to give them their grain. Below are some photos of the babies. They didn’t want to come in tonight – too fun in the sun.
I found this trying to hide under some other items, so decided to finish it to the flimsy stage. Even the borders were in the scrap pile since I had cut them for another quilt and changed my mind. I think sometimes ufos get to be ufos when they are forgotten simply because something gets laid of top of them and they aren’t seen – like this one.
These are the pile of fabrics
and the pile of scraps left from this the latest quilt making episodes. Sooner or later, I’ll have to take time to deal with them. The rest of today was spent with appointments and on the road.
The borders still need to be attached and at this point, all the pieces are just stuck down. I still need to sew around each of these pieces and there are many of them. But the story of my life these days, seems to be a bit of this and a bit of that until it is finished. For several days, I was able to just put a few pieces on each day and the same thing is happening with knitting the socks. I am mostly using time between appointments or when waiting for someone. I told DH this morning that I need 4-5 consecutive hours to get the quilting machine going again. Maybe soon. Meanwhile, I will live with bits and pieces as things do get done that way.
Yesterday morning, I thought spring might be on the way. Today, it definitely is not.
Here are 3 sheep photos. This last one you can see one of the dogs with the big fluffy tail. It appeared they rounded the sheep up and were counting them. Of course, we don’t really know what was happening, except they touched noses, then the sheep wandered off to eat.
This has been a big project. (I did hire help). The boxes were moved a bit this winter and another trellis was built. Then we had lost so much soil because over time as one pulls weeds or food out, a bit of soil comes out. So we used 6 bales of peat moss, 18 bags of sand and 3.5 bales of perlite to fill all the boxes again. This time the dirt is only on the bottom, so hopefully we won’t have the weed problem and the food will come out cleaner. It’s the Mittleider method if you are interested. So tomorrow, I absolutely MUST start the veggies seeds so they can be transplanted and I also need to get this fertilized and thoroughly watered this week. I’m a bit late, but the forecast is for freezing nights every night this week and rain through Wednesday. Then if the forecast is correct we’ll get 3 days of sun or partial sun, then more rain.
We lost power for a couple hours today, so I did get a chance to sit and knit in front of the fireplace which was lovely. The wind and rain were vicious.
After gym this morning, I came home and unloaded 12 bags of sand at 50# each. No, I did not lift and carry each of them, but used the wheel barrow to get them where I needed them. When the muscles aren’t enough, one has to get inventive.
Then there were these 4 bags of peat moss which each weigh about 50#.
Then I had 10 yards of playground chips delivered because the ground was so muddy that we were sinking in it, somewhat like quick sand. We have hard pan about 18″ down and this is a low spot, so water has no where to go.
While I was having my gym training this morning, I mentioned to my trainer that I had ordered all these chips and did she have extra time. She did and came when I called to tell her the chips had arrived. Without her speedy help, this area would only be about 1/4 done.
We also put it down the length on the left side. We used about 7 of the 10 yards and have a bit left for when this gets worked in and muddy and have to add more. We covered it with a tarp.
Then the sheep arrived and that was a bit of fun as they didn’t want to get out of the trailer. It was all new to them. Finally, they were encouraged to get out and we put all the animals in for the night. No sheep pictures as I was so tired by then that I totally didn’t think about it. I will get some this week
We came in , had a light supper and each had a loooong soak in the tub. Our muscles aren’t used to that much physical work.
I am so glad it’s time for Sabbath. It will be a joy to rest.
I am very happy with how fast these socks are knitting up. This is a K6, P2 pattern. I have just picked up the gusset stitches, so maybe another week will see them done. However, this is the first time I have run into a situation where I cannot find the repeat on the other skein of yarn. Both have the same lot number. At first I thought one was just put in the skein backwards, but no, I don’t think that is it. Do any of you see where one sock pattern is repeated on the other sock in either direction?
My sewing studio has learned to reproduce. I have no idea from where this kit came. It appears that somewhere in my distant past, I must have purchased it, but when and why, I have no idea. It turned up in a box of projects I want to make someday. When it will get finished is a question, but it has been started and so will be a project in the making this week. I’m not ready to call it a ufo.
It starts with having to overlap two fabrics a bit and then cut a wavy line where they meet. Take the two fabrics and now put right sides together. Some of mine were a bit to wavy and more difficult to match the edges and stitch. There are 5 more fish to add to the scene.
I’m still debating on whether yesterday’s project is finished or not. I’m thinking of taking the border off and making it 3″, which would make the pillow top 17″ and then would fit a 16″ pillow form. No decision yet, but these ideas hit me in the middle of the night when I’m sleeping.