Sunday, November 19, 2017

Morning Ritual

The past few mornings have been brisk here on the farm but this mornings gale force winds made getting the fifty pounds of feed and stall bedding up to the barn a bit of a chore but I got-er-done!  I was chugging up that hill with it all piled on my trusty old ( and I mean OLD) lawn tractor with the wind whipping at my face.

For a brief moment I thought I was going to be blown backwards down the hill!  Where in the world did all this wind come from anyway.  Sheeezz!!  Once up there it's time for breakfast for the Big Guy.

He likes his feed mixed with warm water to form an oatmeal mash along with

a flake of hay

and about fifteen gallons of water!  Then while he

ponders in the door way making sure the coast is clear I have to refill all those water buckets, clean his stall and fill the hay rack before heading back down the hill (this time with the wind to my back) to the house.  

While he spends the rest of the day sunning himself, I have a whole lot of 

fiber fun waiting for me in the spinning room.  I'm running this rose gray alpaca through 

the drum carder three times and it's turning out some 

major soft fluffy clouds for my afternoon spinning.  It's hard to say who has the better life.  Me or Him!?  😏

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Horsing around....

I love it when my granddaughter says she wants to have a sleep over.  That's because she's a crafting fool just her grandmother.  😅  Enter friendship bracelets.....

I vaguely remember these from my youth.  We use to make a version of these in summer camp but that was a very loooong time ago.  Granddaughter was much better at it than I was but that hasn't stopped me from getting hooked on making them.

These look like flowers right???

Because they are suppose to look like little daisies and I'm thinking I'm going to need a little more practice tying these little knots.  LOL!  The best part was getting to spend time with my granddaughter partner in crime.  It was so nice having company while doing the barn chores.

I think BG was more fascinated with her than she was with him

but by the end of the weekend she was pretty darn comfortable with him.

BG is my gentle giant who is starting to show his age....those are grey hairs cropping up on his face.  I think I have more on my head than he does though.  As you can see he likes to wear his hay as well as eat it.  Crazy horse.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Done Deals

My KAL socks are done!


They fit perfect too.  This is a very nice pattern.  Thank you Dee for getting it to me for the for the I 💟 Fall KAL.  

Now I need to get back to my Good Vibrations shawl so I can wear it to Asheville for the fiber fest there.  We have been under construction here lately so I've been a bit distracted.

We are having porch railings put up to help corral those little hooligans of mine.

The project was mostly finished yesterday except for the gates

which were added today.

Levi and Louie are having fun sticking their little heads through the slats but other than that it's keeping them safely contained on the porch.  The temporary puppy panels I was using use to become airborne when we had wind so this is quite a nice improvement.  My weekend plan is to do a little spinning out there.  What's yours?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall's Arrival

Fall has kind of ......sort of....arrived here.  

The corn has been harvested and I'm eternally grateful that this didn't take place after I had washed the windows.

If you look closely through those windows you can see little pops of color happening out there on the wood line

but make no mistake......the temperatures are still saying it's summer.  Like 4th of July summer!  It's very hot and humid but that's not stopping the fall sock knitting.  My Cascading Leaves socks for the "I 💟 Fall KAL" have gone from this


this in a reasonably short period of time.

Silly Levi apparently thinks my foot stinks by the expression on his face.  Either that or he's in awe of my sock knitting accomplishments!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Done and Doin

Big announcement......
My October Leaves socks for the I 💟 Love Fall KAL are done!!  YAY!!

And in keeping with the leave theme, I've decided to do the Cascading Leaves socks too.

I'm all cast on and ready to knit my way to those two points!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

New Discoveries

It's been an interesting week starting with this fellow perched on one of the porch rockers.

He was large, green and had buggy 👀 that were staring at me through the window.

After a quick google search I was shocked to discover he was a praying mantis who likes to eat humming bird brains!!!  Now that's scary stuff!!!  Yikes!  This is the stuff nightmares are made of!! 😧

Then when I had this little guy

at the Vet for his annual check up she suggested this

stuff for him to try and calm his little nerves and possibly help with his seizures.  He's on a whole lot of seizure meds and still manages to be totally high strung.  I love this Vet....she is so helpful.  I started him on this supplement and it has completely calmed him down.  He is seriously like a different dog.  So much more relaxed now and consequently so are we. 😄

I also discovered something called a Yarn Crawl and it's happening now...this all the yarn shops in the area.  I had never heard of this before ( I blame this on the fact that I lived in the middle of No-Where for half my life) but I was instantly intrigued.  Go figure...:-)  They all run specials and you can enter at each shop for prizes and coupons. I have been wanting to find local yarn shops since I moved here and today's discovery was a quaint little one called

in Mint Hill, NC.  It was about a half hour drive and it was a house that was turned into a yarn shop.

There were several different rooms filled with yarn, patterns, yarn, needles, yarn, a sit and knit room and did I mention there was yarn....LOL!  This place has a Lot of yarn!!  There are several more shops on the list so this should be an interesting week of LYS discovery.

And on the knit front...

we have leaves....can you see them?  They're there...little oak the top of my October Leaves socks...hopefully they will show up better after blocking.

I just have to finish the ribbing and add the heels and I will have my I 💟 Fall KAL socks done!

Oh and in case you hadn't noticed I discovered that little "insert special characters" tab up there too!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pre-storm knitting

We have been closely watching Irma's path and trying to be as prepared as we can be.  A state of emergency has been issued here in the Carolina's.  The stores have been wiped clean of supplies.  Coolers, batteries, gas cans and water are no where to be found as of Wednesday.  We have moved all lawn and porch furniture into the garage and secured all the plants and pots from the yard.  Every container I own is now filled with water and I bought as many Little Debbie snacks as I could find.  I know....I're probably thinking Little Debbies aren't all that necessary but seemed like a darn good excuse for them to me and most of the canned goods were wiped out anyway by the time I got to the store.  So in case I am without power for a while I wanted to post my I Heart Fall KAL progress.

I'm going to do the after thought heel
hence the white yarn holding those stitches.
They may not look all that exciting now but I'm heading up the leg towards that scary fun color work chart.  Hopefully I won't be doing that while using Coleman lanterns.

Friday, September 1, 2017

I Love Fall Knit-Along

I've picked my pattern.  I'm doing the October Leaves socks
from Ravelry  I've spun and dyed the yarn.
wound it into nice tidy center pull cakes

and managed to get these two at a time toe up socks cast on after three unsuccessful tries.  The fourth attempt was the charm.
It's been a while since I've used this magic cast on method and I'd forgotten just how tedious it can be in the beginning but we're buzzing along now.
See my little toes forming?