Posts tagged ‘Spike’
(they’re not so “mini” anymore, but I couldn’t resist)
Yep, it’s that time of year again.
Sheeps’ water freezing overnight and all.
But the boys don’t seem to be feeling the chill.
They were out and about this morning in the crisp sunshine, nice and toasty underneath their frosty fleeces.
I just love Felix’s freckles.
Does anyone else think that Edgar kind of looks like he’s going for a Bret Boone surfer-guy thing with the sun-bleached tips?
Shadow is coming along nicely
So far so good. Hoping to have the knitting done by next post!
And I’ve got about 350 yards of Chone/Spike yarn worked up, so I can get a start on the next sweater project without delay-
Feels good to have a plan 🙂
Yeah, this week we had a bunch more rock delivered.
I think it’s pea gravel.
So, today we had the tractor out and were truckin’ gravel around to the edges of the pasture where my sweet sheeps tend to wear down paths and expose the bottom edge of the fence. Gotta keep that fenceline tight!
Re-rocked right around the boys’ shed and playground (rockpile), too. Hopefully that will prevent it from getting muddy once the rains start.
Also picked the last of the apples off our big King apple tree today-
It wasn’t a great year for apples here, but we managed to pull in about 7 boxes-
Any that hit the ground got pitched into the pasture, to see if the boys would give them a try.
They are a little slow to try new things, but it appears there has been some nibbling…
We were scheduled to give the guys a pedicure this weekend, but I couldn’t manage to get any more than three of them in the shed at one time, so we eventually gave up and decided to reschedule.
Frank was being a big scared-y sheep. He had everybody all worked up and suspicious.
This is about as close as I got to the crazy bugger all day long
I’m so excited about my quinces! They’re not quite ready yet, but maybe in a couple of weeks-
Did you know grow straight out of the ends of the tree branches?
Sweater progress continues apace,
And I even managed to get some spinning done this week!
That’s Frank/Felix on the left, and Spike to the right.
Whew, I’m beat.
Shadow is shaping up nicely!
Sleeve #1 is blocked
Really enjoying this knit. Nice cable pattern that is easy to memorize.
Little nervous about the sewing up part, but I guess I’ll figure that our when I get there.
I’m also doing some planning for the next project- a Chone and Spike Cobblestone
I’ve liked this pattern for a long time, and just had someone express interest in having me make one, so here we go!
I just love doing swatches.
I didn’t make it up there this year, but I did send a couple things in for the Wool Show
Spike’s two ply skein and the stashbuster raglan both had lots of fun and received high marks, but I’m glad to have them back home again.
In other news, I think I’ve taken my little weaving project as far as I can go on this loom setup.
It’s about 19 inches now. Hopefully long enough for me to fold into a little handbag or something. Will see what it looks like once I figure out how to get it off the loom!
And the boys got pedicures again today (still trimming and treating with copper napthenate about every three weeks). I made it up to them with some pea vines from the poor neglected garden. It’s mostly been a chicken playground this year. Figured the boys can help me get a start on the cleanup!
I’ve got all of Edgar’s summer fleece washed now- today was a great day for drying al fresco in the cherry tree-
so I hung out some Frank/Felix yarn, too!
Nothing like wool in the breeze. 🙂
Have a great week!
He still looks like a crazy little baby
But he’s got Big Boy teeth!
And speaking of little babes, my cousin and his wife just had a boy this week-
So, this little White Sox bear will be shipping out tomorrow to hang with Charlie Ross.
In other news, Stashbuster sweaters are nearing completion:
Decided on 3/4 sleeves for this one, so it will be finished as soon as I can get those last few rows of colorwork done!
And this guy needs a little more length on both body and arms, but I’m sooooooo close!
I’ll sign off with the spin of the week-
That’s approximately 360 yards of steely grey Spike-y goodness! (my pick from Schoonover Farms shearing day this year)
It’s been a good weekend.
Always helps when you have a couple extra days.
I really should do that more often.
Thursday I went over to Schoonover Farm to help with their shearing.
I always jump at the chance to help with something like this, because it’s a great opportunity to learn (and earn a really nice fleece!)
This year I chose Spike.
Here he is being shorn:
And the first yarn:
Mmmm mmmmm good.
Good show, Spike!
Saturday, we did our sheep maintenance routine- hooves, deworming, and administering the CoSeCure boluses for the first time.
It was a bit hairy, getting the boluses down them, until we developed a technique,, but they all got done. And it doesn’t look like anyone has spit them up, so I think we’re good!
This afternoon was really beautiful, so I was going to go out and get some fleece photos, but the boys wouldn’t cooperate.
So, I decided I would take samples instead.
Went back to the house to get the nice new little shears that got just recently.
Thought I would just get a couple snips worth, as a preview.
But when I got out there, Edgar just walked right up and said “Take it off. Take it all off”
And so I did.
First he just stood there while I was clipping.
Then he sat down.
And I just kept on clipping.
At some point, the other guys got curious and came around to see what was going on.
I had Frank climbingup on my back, and Chone nibbling on my ear.
But it was fun. Edgar was so relaxed, and I just kept chatting him up, telling him how sporty he was gonna look in his new ‘do.
Probably took an hour or more.
I just took it slow and made sure not to get too close to any skin.
He’s still got a half inch to an inch of wool on him everywhere, so I don’t think he’ll get too chilly.
Seems mighty relieved to be rid of the heavy coat, actually.
And I’m glad to take it from him.
Edgar’s a bit lumpy lookin’ and the fleece is a bit jumbled,, but I think we’re both pretty psyched about how it went.
Who’s next? Perhaps on we of the big boys?