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.
This washcloth pattern is called “All over Eyelets’ by Janet Nogle. It measures 8” square and very easy to knit. However, I started it 3 times, before I was happy with the size I was making. Janet often posts “swatch” patterns. This one I liked, but also wanted it to be usable. The cotton fiber is leftover without any identification on it.
I worked in the garden this morning, pulling many weeds. I planted a few more tomatoes and cauliflower plants. I still have more tomatoes sprouting and beets and celery to plant.
“As time goes by” socks are finished! I wished the toes had ended on a dark color, but that is one of those things one doesn’t know when starting.
Then we went to a book signing at Whole Foods with author RIP Esselstyn from Engine 2 foods. We were quite sure we would freeze to death before it was over, but we didn’t. It was interesting, however, we didn’t buy anything. When I buy a cookbook, I use 1 or 2 recipes and I wasn’t about to put out 25.00 for that. I can get plenty from the internet now.
(Photos can be difficult to get.) I have been working on a pair of socks named “As Time Goes By” and the name is so appropriate for today’s post. I flew to Wash DC for the Celebration of Life event for my sister-in-law who is at the end of her Alzheimer’s journey. She was so active and her entire life was lived to bless others. Maybe her genes knew time would not be as long for her, as she had what seemed like boundless energy. If she saw a need, she was there with a helping hand, from offering child care to a mother who was trying to get more education, to mission service while working a full-time job, where she was able to share her love of baking. She loved people and you never saw her without a smile that said “you’re special to me”. And somehow she always had time for you. At family gatherings when they would come to visit, she always made a stop at Costco and brought more than enough food for everyone. (even though it was a potluck and she was only bringing drinks). Hospitality was her game.
On the plane I worked on my “As Time Goes By Socks” by Susan Burzynski. This was a Ravalry free pattern, cuff down, that I am making with Knitpicks “Felici” yarn in Sprinkles colorway. I did not get finished but am ready to do the toes. I am home now, so it’s anyone’s guess when they will actually get done. Hopefully, this week. But even that will depend on if emergencies arise.
Meanwhile nothing exciting happened at the farm. Animals were cared for and no one new emerged. Maybe this week, we will see a new face or two.
Give your loved ones an extra hug. Life only seems long to the young.
I have now completed two pattern repeats on “As time goes by” socks. I think I will need 5 repeats, so 3 more to go. This name just seems so appropriate as the time has been flying by.
The big equipment fellows finally came back this week and are once again working. They left the machine here all winter, so I can only assume it was too wet to need it. They are now removing dead trees and blackberry brambles. Then we can plant pasture
Another unfinished project. The iris didn’t get weeded much last summer, but they are still volunteering to come back up and give us a show of beauty this summer.
It seems my life is currently measured in 4 hour time blocks.
6 AM: feed babies, check everyone, and let them outside for the day.
Home to a selected project for an hour and a half before prepping breakfast
10 AM: feed babies, sheep check, and give mothers food and fresh water
Home to normal daily activities such as laundry, minimal housework, etc
2 PM: feed babies, again the check on everyone
Usually by this time, I need to take a rest or at least find an activity that sits me down
6 PM: feed babies, feed adults plus water and close the doors for the night.
Family time, worship, and maybe knitting time
10 PM: feed babies, last check on everyone plus any needed water
Home to drop until 5:30 AM time to prepare bottles again.
Bottles babies are a lot of extra trouble, and it only lasts 2 months, but on the other hand, one does have to delegate the time blocks so they don’t get away. After the first feeding, I try to use that hour plus to sew, quilt, plant, or check on my seed growing for the hoop house.
Since we are still doing renovations to the barn, that takes supervision and choices as well during the day. Today, Mary came over for some quilt help and we were both tired enough, we rested while visiting after feeding babies.
Tonight after the 6PM feeding, I was able to get some knitting done, but at this time of day, I am slow. I am knitting this lovely pattern found on Ravelry, using the yarn at the top of this page. It has a 20 row repeat, but only on 12 stitches on each sock. The rest is all knitted and therefore goes quickly.