Between bouts of Montezuma’s revenge this week, I was able to finish the softest scarf ever. The white in it is angora rabbit and the black is a very soft wool which I spun a few years ago. It finished at 8.5 x 48″. On a #12 needle, I cast on 30 stitches and knit every row. I will not bother to block it as its intended use is to keep me warm during the cold months when I go to the barns to care for animals.
Yes, I can get up there. Grandma Moses started her painting at 76. I bought my sheep as a business at 76. I think I have a good model to follow. So now when the sun shines again, I’ll take a driving lesson on the new machine. There is so much it can do, that I would never have been able to do without it. I’m a happy camper today.
My sprained ankle is not healing very fast, probably because I don’t stay off it, plus there is this knee the doctor would like to replace that has been troublesome, so other than feeding animals, I spent time knitting, which keeps my leg out of trouble. This is yarn that I spun maybe 30 years ago. Black wool and white bunny, then plied together. It is extremely soft and cuddly. There is enough left to make a scarf for barn duty when lambs arrive and it is freezing out there. I have about 24″ knit, using a large needle and garter stitch, which goes fast.
Chicks moving day finally happened!. They are now in the barn in a safe cage and out of the sewing studio. I know they weren’t in here very long, but they don’t belong in here. They belong in the barn and now that they are feathered, that’s where they are. They also have perches and more room, so win for all.
We picked up the building permit to be able to double the size of the barn roof, picked up a gift for a friend and went to the feed store.
Many of the apples are ready to pick, so I spent some time picking 5 grocery bags full. I don’t climb ladders, therefore I tried to shake some down. I will pick more tomorrow and then the rains will be back. It seems at this point, I’m running out to do what I can on the days that it doesn’t rain. And it wasn’t that long ago that we were wishing for rain. It would be nice to have alternating days.The last three days, I worked on this scarf during appointments and free time, but decided there are things, I don’t like about it, so raveled it and will start again. The white is angora rabbit plied to black wool, so it is very soft and warm and I anticipate wearing it during the cold this winter.
Looking for more trouble, I joined the group Super Scary sockshttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/search#view=captioned_thumbs&pp=1&query=super%20scary%20socks&psort=bes on Ravelry. And yes, they are out of my comfort zone, but I have now cast the “Finding the Yellow Brick Road” socks onto the needles. Let’s see how far I get with them.
The other fun things I did today included calling the vet this morning and asking about a charge. It was a double charge. Then I looked at my credit card bill and my utility bill. Both were wrong. Both payments had been credited to the wrong account. I guess it was just my day.
But it ended well as we want to add a loafing shed roof to the barn so the sheep will stay dryer this winter. I went to city planning and they had someone there who took the time to do the drawing for me that I needed, then look over my paperwork so I was able to submit it right then. That was wonderful as it saved a trip and will speed up the process.
The winter hat left me with extra yarn, so I knitted a headband for fall using K2, P2 ribbing for 4″, then bound off. I chose 4″ because I wanted to get it done, but may do 5″ next time I make one. I like a headband when I don’t want to mess up my hair or flatten it, but want my ears covered
Today was busy from start to finish including business calls, picking blueberries, cleaning one stall, and so the day went. Tomorrow, I hope to clean another stall, pick apples, and get a massage. The apples are early this year and have started falling and I need applesauce. It seems I usually put more on my agenda for the day, than I have either hours or time to do.
My winter hat is finished and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I have enough yarn left to make a band to go over my ears when I don’t need a hat.
This morning we went to the heart Dr. The news was very good. DH elected not to have a stent put in last year and the doctor was surprised that he hadn’t had any pain in that time. He told us that 95% of the people that he recommends having a stent ended up having to have one within two months. But DH is in the 5% that didn’t need it. We credit it with having changed his diet, but the Dr. wasn’t interested in that. So we will continue the way we are eating and enjoying the results. Dr. did remove one medicine from the list and cut a second one in half. If nothing changes, he will remove the second one from the list. That is all good news. We do have a Divine Physician who designed our bodies. We are trying to follow His ways and are thankful for each day He gives us.
With the appointments and the heat, I am progressing nicely on this hat. I have about an inch to finish and then the crown. It changed from a beanie to a hat with a nice flap for cold weather. So I am now using from the second ball.
For those of you wondering. The hearing aid looks like this. The technician takes a mold of the ear to have the plastic piece made to fit. This is to solve the problem of it falling out and getting lost. He did wear it today and life was better.
I found this Rowan tweed in my small stash of skeins. I doubt that I purchased it, but I don’t know from where it came. There are two balls of it and one is enough to make a beanie. Since it is hot, that’s my latest project. I have no pattern yet. I cast 100 stitches on size 6 needles and am doing a flap of 4″, then will decide if I want to get fancy or not. I may just do a stockinette stitch since I plant to wear it to work with the animals when it gets cold.
Just look how much these ducks have grown in a mere 3 weeks. Last year the baby ducks all drowned. It turns out that infant ducks don’t have the oil in the feathers to keep from drowning for 2-3 weeks. This year, our son has been giving them a lot of attention and has gradually been giving them deeper water. They have enough oil on their feathers and are very good at swimming, so he doesn’t have to worry about them, but now he has become quite fond of them.
While someone wasn’t watching, the grapes grew right through the top of the netting. No use cutting them back now. We will wait until they die back and next year have a better plan.
It’s just too hot to do much besides lie in the shade, so other than coming in to eat, most of the day is spent lying in the shade chewing cud.
Autumn socks are finished because I am dealing with spotty internet. They are made from Lorna Laces sport weight wool on #4 needles. I’m not crazy about how much orange is in the pattern, and can hardly believe I bought this yarn. So I used plain stockinette stitch and they are done and wearable. And when I’m wearing socks, I’m not looking at them, so who knows, the person looking at them may like these colors.
The internet here has been extremely spotty because of modem problems. I have been having horrible withdrawals, however, there is enough to do around here, that I have kept busy. There are now 90# of blueberries in the freezer. The socks are done. The garden is doing well, though, it has to be watered daily. The dogs are digging holes in the dirt to stay cool. It is an unusually hot summer.
20 ton of hay is being delivered in the morning. I believe I have coordinated enough people to get it unloaded and stacked before noon. I have water and Gatorade in the refrigerator for the workers and I really hope they will be done before noon, when the temperature is scheduled to reach 80 degrees. This is too hot to have to be working this hard.
There has been so much to do this summer that it is going fast and before I blink a few more times, I’ll be wondering where it went.
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?