My First Yarn

16 Nov

I finished my first bit of yarn.  To do that, I had to have my dad help me make a niddy noddy.  It was really easy.  I didn’t have anything to do it, but whenever I want to buy something my dad tells me “Don’t buy anything.  I probably have what you need.”  So I called him.  He did not have PVC, but he did have Pex, and that worked.

I now have my very own niddy noddy!

I managed to get the yarn off the spindle and onto the niddy noddy.

Then I realized my sink was about a half inch too short, so I kind of made it fit.

But it wouldn’t stay down below the water, so I weighted it with a plate.

Hey.  It worked.  I got my finished yarn!

I really wanted to do something with it, but I’m not a much for yarn crafts.  I did learn how to knit in 4th grade (Thanks, Mrs. Steiert), but I don’t know whatever happened to my knitting needles.  I decided to improvise.

Don’t laugh!  It worked.

By Christmas, I might even be able to make a decent pot holder.

Maybe…

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Settled and Unsettled

15 Nov

It’s been long enough since I mixed the bucks and does for spring break babies that I have a good idea of who will have kids in March and who didn’t settle.

Clover, Wanda and Astra all seem to have settled.

Of the girls that I didn’t see come into heat when they were with the bucks, Bambi and Vinnie have come into heat since then, so I know they aren’t bred.

Vinnie

Daisy, I thought might have been in heat, but she came into heat around the same time as Bambi and Vinnie, so it must have just been lots of hormones and not her.  She couldn’t have come back into heat that soon.

Daisy

Cinnamon might have been in heat around the same time, but she wasn’t obvious, so I’m not sure.

Cinnamon

Sidney and Blaze I’ve not seen in heat, so they are probably bred.

Sidney

I have seen LilyAnn in heat, and that doesn’t surprise me.  I thought she was too far into being heat to get bred when I put her in with Zeus.

LilyAnn

Then there’s Zinnia.  She came into heat right after I put her with Xerxes.  She was bred.  She came back into heat.

Zinnia

I’m a little worried about Xerxes’s low success rate at making babies.  I’m not sure if it’s him or the lack of copper in the girls.  Yes, it can cause fertility problems.

Xerxes

We’ll have to see what happens with the girls I give him for June babies.  Otherwise, I might have to rethink keeping him forever as a replacement for when Fionn is gone.

Need More Fall

14 Nov

The challenging weather last week means that I’ve kind of stalled out on getting caught up with hooves.  I’m happy to say that Wanda’s hoof is all healed.

Wanda

I did manage to get a couple of my more challenging girls done right before the rain started.

Bonnie

I still have quite a few that I need to catch.  Some I am really not looking forward to.

Penny

I still need to make sure I get Caroline and Clover another time (or two) before the cold permanently settles in for the winter.

Sweet Caroline

I have to admit, I’ve been delaying my stinky boys.  Zeus got done before I put him in with the two big bucks, but I really need to get Fionn’s feet done because he’s another one who has the white line disease.

Fionn

I swear hooves are a never-ending job.  Of course, right after I scheduled this post, the goats decided to have a siesta Sunday afternoon, and I managed to get five more done!  Of course, I did Myson and Moose outside (tethered to a post), and Casey decided to help.  He rubbed his head against my head the entire time.  He’s so helpful!

Casey

Then when I was doing chores, I told Vinnie I really needed to get her hooves done.  Since I usually can’t touch her, I was thrilled when she followed me to the milk room, came in and calmly ate while I trimmed her hooves.

Vinnie

She and her twin sister, Pistol, have always been able to understand human speak perfectly.  They amaze me.