Monday, June 27, 2016

Plodding Along

The knitting continues on the Baby Hap.

I finished the last row of yellow and am on the first Gray row, the color pattern is now reversed, with the gray to be followed by pink and then the dark purple and more white. I rummaged in the stash and found four more skeins of the Eggplant (purple), so I have plenty to use for the sideways lace bind off around the perimeter.

I have been greatly enjoying knitting this hap shawl/blanket. I finally broke down and bought The Book of Haps.

Haps are traditional everyday workhorse type of shawls from the Shetland Islands. I love the style. And even though the hard copy will be coming from overseas, I was able to also download the book files as well. I decided the book is definitely a winner.

Because the hap is knit in the round after the center square, it gets bunched up and hard to take pictures. However, it makes a handy built in sack that I can throw the ball of yarn into as I knit.

If it wasn't for the lace pattern, it would be quite portable.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Back Again

Well, look, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  But it was a hot and busy weekend.
The Open House with Dances With Wool at Chickasaw Farm was fun.  It helped that before I got there I was able to get myself chilled completely.
In spite of the heat, I had a great time. I even wove a few rows on the huge tri-loom.  I put in a raffle ticket but I guess I didn't win.  I haven't heard from my friends that I had the winning ticket.
There were demo's of different crafts, and some vendors.  I didn't take my spinning wheel, but I did get one row of knitting done on my Tapestry Hitchhiker.  After all it was World Wide Knit in Public Day.  I got some wonderful wool for a shawl, and a nifty and inexpensive needle sizer.  Some people lose tape measures.  I lose needle sizers.  I also bought a white Shetland fleece to be layered with a rose gray alpaca I had found in my wool room and sent them off for processing at Stonehenge Mills.
I had to leave early from there, in time to get home for Mass, and then went on to the wedding reception with Hubby.
Friends of the family, the groom was the younger of our matching sets of boys.  Some of the groomsmen were familiar faces from the younger years. 
In spite of the heat, a great time was had. 
We even got a wagon ride back to the pond, where the wedding was held.  We saw a bald eagle fly off from a log when we interrupted his fishing in the pond.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Knitting Update

I was so flustered by my (so far) two roosters, that I forgot to post a picture of the Baby Hap yesterday, as I promised.

The actual waves or shell pattern will open up as I go along. Here, I was only on row 12 out of 50 rows of the shell lace. Two more colors to go: gray and yellow, followed by some more white, then the whole color pattern is inverted. I am trying to decide on white for the outside lace, or the purple. The pattern calls for the creamy white, but this IS for the Purple Princess after all.

I may need to see where the rest of the purple yarn is hiding.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Jig is Up

This morning, at feeding time, Rocky slipped up.

He, yes I said he, opened his mouth and crowed. And then, later in the day, so did Mumps. Rocky is the black and white Barred Rock shown in back right above in this picture taken about a month ago.

Mumps is the dark one shown above again on the right. Cinder Ella is photo bombing him in the lower right, see his eye ball?

In case you were wondering about the name Mumps, remember the ear poufs I mentioned before? Below is a better picture of Cinder's. They don't show up well in photos. About half the chickens have them, but Mumps and Measles both have them and both needed names. Since Measles has spots, the dark one became Mumps.

So far, Rita is not crowing at all. And she better not.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Farming, Hidden Knitting

The knitting on the Baby Hap is progressing nicely. I finished the purple stripe and am nearly half done with the pink. No pictures yet, it is hard to photograph all scrunched up on a circular needle. But I will try to at least get get a picture soon of a section of the edging.

I mentioned that after the baling was done, the boys wanted to get a coat of manure (AKA brown gold) on the fields.

The coat isn't as thick as the five coats sprayed on a year ago, but it is a start.

Today was my day with Little Farmer. His sister was there for most of the day now that school is out. I had taken a couple machinery catalogs that come periodically in Older Son's name and Little Farmer was fascinated.

Studying farm equipment is hard work.

"I guess I'll just take one of each Grammy."