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When It’s Rainy

23 Jun

We’ve had several rainy days lately, so I’ve been spending quite a few of those rainy, muddy days in the house.  I’ve tried to step up my knitting, so I don’t have thousands of scarves lying around my house.  I just finished two projects.  First is this fisherman’s shawl.

I had never done a cable pattern before.  The bramble stitch in the middle was new to me.  I like the way it turned out.

I will say, I used a big skein of yarn, and then my mom found some old yard that matched.

How old was this yarn?  Well, it might have had a couple of petrified bugs in it.  Just saying.

Then I did the pockets and fringe with another left-over ball I had around here.

Rocky is my constant supervisor.  Although, he isn’t really much help when I have questions.  YouTube is my go-to when I need real help.

The second project is my first cardigan.

It has real sleeves even.

I like the little accent stitches on the pockets and sleeves.

This one (because it is my first and the first time I did sleeves) is a stay-at-home cardigan.  There might be other issues as well, like differences in how my stockinette stitch looks between the flat knitting and the knitting-in-the-round.

My other helper likes to just flop his big butt on me while I’m working.  He really doesn’t care who he sits on.

We can’t leave Bob out.  He likes to invade my knitting space too.

I plan on doing another that will be able to go out in public.  For now, I’ve started another cardigan from a different pattern.  It’s a whole new learning experience, too.

Then I have three more shawls to make because people seem to like it.  Good thing I can get yarn delivered to my house.  We might need some more rainy days to get all of them done.

Rainy Day and Thursday

14 May

Yesterday evening, the rain came.

It was gentle and slow to start, which is good because it gave me time to check on Uno and Seven since they had just moved.  Uno somehow managed to injure himself.  I really have no idea how.  Poor baby, but he’ll be fine.

Uno

Xerxes is innocent.  He didn’t have a drop of blood on him, so I know he wasn’t fighting with the kid.  He is actually happy to have company.

Xerxes

While I was up checking on Uno, I also found Seven.  He had moved himself back up there.  Again I don’t know how Uno managed to hurt himself, but it looks like it might have been on the tub Seven is sleeping in.  That is all Uno blood.  Seven just looks dead.  He was sleeping quite soundly and unconcerned that his maa was yelling for him to come eat.

Seven

Don’t worry, I carried Seven back down to his maa.  Everyone got inside during the rain, but I did have to kick Pistol out of the buck room because she was picking on everyone.  Poor Antigone has to be without her maa now.

This morning after the rains had quit, I checked again, and everyone was fine.  Seven looks quite cozy in his new surroundings.  You can see he had been outside because he has wet legs.

Seven

Popcorn has been hanging out with the girls in the buck room; I hope he keeps going out to pasture with them like he did yesterday afternoon.

Popcorn

I am grateful for the rain because we’ve been rather dry. No matter how old I get, I still enjoy the bright color of a dandelion.

This will hopefully help the crops and let the seeds I had already planted in my garden to sprout.  It certainly has helped the lilacs finish opening.

lilacs

I still haven’t decided if my cherry tree will actually have any cherries after our freeze.

sorry for the blur–Iowa is a windy state

Sky never seems to mind the rain.

Sky

This was a perfect rainy spring day!

Spring Is Trying to Kill Me

7 May

My wonderful, productive spring has pretty much ended.  Spring allergies are trying to kill me.  It’s so pretty out there, but I have to wear a mask anytime I go outside.

Aurora

It makes it hard to spend time with the goats.

Seven

I would love to spend hours out there taking pictures of all the blooming trees and honey bees.

But it really isn’t a good plan right now.

I’m also afraid we’re going to freeze tomorrow night and ruin a lot of fruit crops.  That would be sad.

I really need to mow my yard, but that sound like a lot of sneezing.

Sky in the tall grass.

I don’t remember the last time my spring allergies were this bad.