We are having unusually hot weather for July as are many of you. Because this is unusual for us, we have not invested in air conditioning. So we have a single fan – why buy another when we use it so seldom? Does it slow you down as much as it does me?
In the morning before the heat, I pick blueberries for a couple of hours – 4 days a week. If you haven’t picked blueberries before, you should try it. Our berries are on a hillside, meaning the hill goes downhill both ways. Therefore when picking, not only does one do the gymnastics of picking high berries, berries on the ground, berries inside the bush and berries hiding behind the leaves, but this is all done while trying to stay on your feet. The benefits are fresh air, sunshine and exercise at no extra cost.
I just put my gorgeous Shetland rams on the market. I need new blood and they have done a marvelous job here.
I’ll spare you the photos, but Saturday, we had the vet visit to pull a lamb that died before it arrived in this world. The vet told us that when it gets this hot, many times (across species) mothers give a couple pushes and decide it’s too hot for that and quit.
The Autumn socks are now up to the heel flap. So a bit of progress is being made.
I haven’t done much besides just trying to maintain in this hot weather – making sure everyone, everything has plenty of water and food. So until things cool off and return to normal, posts will be more sporadic.
How are you doing? Keeping up with life or slowing down in heat?
Today was migration day – time to move to fresh forage and grasses. It was really great that the neighbor brought over her border collie herding dog, because these sheep will stop for every blade of grass and without the dog, this job could have taken hours. Because they are going into an area where already many weeds have gone to seed, I wanted each to have a coat on first. Seeds are nasty to get out of wool. They will spend about a week to 10 days taking down the new area and then will need to be moved once again. Without rain, the pastures are not growing back.
Lorna laces hand dyed sport yarn
I have been a couple of weeks without a knitting project and it is really warm outside, so I need something that doesn’t take too much thinking to do in the middle of the day. Using a Lorna Laces hand dyed sport yarn and number 4 needles, I cast on 56 stitches for a simple sock. My lofty goal is to get it done by the end of the month.
With the warmer weather, animals to water, a foot to pamper, and blueberries to pick among other things, I’ve slowed down a bit, so I’m just going with the flow and not pushing myself. Life will continue even if I don’t get everything done that I would like.
This Euro style scarf is finished. It was a fast and easy knit, however, I did learn that if I’m not paying attention, I don’t count accurately. The pattern is a multiple of 5, which isn’t hard, just had to pay attention. This is very, very soft in the Cascade yarn. I will block it later.
This is another suggested way to wear it, which I won’t be wearing as I don’t go to formal events.
After finishing this, i spent 3 hours cleaning barn stall floors, so did not start anything else. And I will admit to wanting to eat something totally off program, but I won’t.
I’ve been knitting this euro cowl as I really like how the colors are moving in the scarf. I’m now about 1/3 done. The other nice thing is that one knits until the last 4 feet of yarn and then the bind off, so when you are done, you don’t have left over yarn either.
This wisteria would like to claim the deck as its home. These are last years branches and it has already started on this years. However after researching their habits, we decided to stop that now. so I cut the branches down and now we’ll put copper in the ground which is supposed to kill the roots.
And today I say a thank you to those of you joining the challenge to lose any amount of weight in June. I went to the grocery store from the chiropractor. It was 12.15 and I was hungry. I picked up a goodie to eat on the way home, thought of you, and put it back down. I waited until I got home for lunch. Thanks for helping me by taking the challenge. And there is still time for you to join if you are one of the ones who hasn’t yet taken the challenge. You decide how much you want to lose during the month and we’ll check each week to see we are on task. Our reward will be at the end of the month when some piece of clothing is not quite as tight. (you never have to reveal your weight)
I tired of making socks for the minute so looked on the website for something different to make with this yarn which is Cascades Heritage Paints sock yarn. I found this very simple pattern for Euro Style cowl. However, I am used to using #2 needles with this size yarn and this is done on size #8 needles. It may work, but time will tell.
In addition to this, I have signed up for a class on making a web site which requires class time as well as practice time. I’m hoping I didn’t take too big a bite with this.
Today was the day to gather the yarn from various places, sort and make a written inventory. I don’t have nearly as much as many of my friends, but it seemed to be hiding in various places. Then I gathered the sock instructions that I get free of the internet – which were also hither and yon and they are now in 2 notebooks.
I also took the time to go through the skeins and set them so they start at the same color place on the sock. It would make it so much easier if the manufacturer did that, but I think they just cut when they come to a certain number of meters. So now my sock yarn is in balls and ready to use. That should help me to get started on a new project faster. Somehow knowing that I have to rewind it and make the pattern matches really slows me down. I even found one skein that was skeined reverse. I had to lay out many yards out to find the repeat before I figured that out.
And while doing this, I found another pound of the pretty burgundy that I was spinning, so I can spin more of that now.
This is one of the smallest lambs and one of the most difficult to catch. She makes up for size in her zippy movements. Today was her third day of halter training. The first day, she was a bucking bronco, yesterday, not too bad. Today, she managed to slip out of it and get away. Somedays, it is hard for me to win these battles.
The “Impossible Girl” socks (Pattern by Madeline Gannon) were knit out of the Madelinetosh BFL (Blue faced Leicester) sock yarn. I did not realize until I finished that they are 100% wool without nylon. They may be a bit less sturdy, so I will use them for special instead of everyday. I really enjoyed working with this wool and like the depth of color. And next time I may reinforce the toe and heel with nylon – or maybe not. It is sock yarn and may wear very well.
I was startled awake at 4.30 this morning by something screaming. When the sun came up and I was able to go see what was going on, I found the animals all safe and Daisy was not letting the rams out of their night enclosure. I’m assuming she had a run in with a coyote and the coyote lost.
Because we are still clearing land of blackberries for pasture, the coyote dens are being destroyed, which leaves the coyotes looking for new dens. Hopefully, they will decide the dogs are not worth the risk. There are many acres next to us loaded with wild rabbits. They will just have to talk to the coyotes who are in charge and see if they will share some of that land.
Chores are not exciting, but part of the day. After going to the gym this morning (I have to go or DH doesn’t go, and that is important for him), I went up and did the exciting chore of cleaning the messiest stall. If I clean it twice a week, it is not difficult. But if I leave it for a week or more, it gets too deep and then it is work.
These two babies thought I needed watching, or maybe they just know that after clean-up comes dinner. By the time I fixed meals, went to the gym, cleaned a stall, and watered the hoop house, I had used up my energy for the day, so I am spending the evening knitting. It may be another week before I get back to the sewing machine. I had wanted to finish a quilt this month, but ……so far it hasn’t happened and I’ll be out of town for the weekend.
With this lovely spring weather, I started the day weeding, then putting bulbs in this front area. After that and some hoop house planting, it was lunch and a few errands. And so goes the day so quicklySo tonight I was able to sit down with “impossible girl” socks. They are so very easy, it is the girl who is impossible, not the socks. I love how fast they are working up. The yarn was on one ball and when I rolled half of it off, one side is a bit redder and the other has more blue tones, but not terrible different – sister socks.
I have finally started a new pair of “impossible girl socks”. The designer, Madeline Gannon, says they remind her of the “Impossible girl” on Dr. Who in a BBC series. So the socks are not impossible, the girl is. I need to look for a label for the yarn as I can only tell you that it is wool with a bit of nylon.
I entered fleeces in the spring fair today. This is my first time to enter a fleece, so I will watch the judging over the next 2 days as she explains her judging of each fleece. I also signed up to take a class on the use of coats on the sheep. It will be an educational week.