Monday, February 29, 2016

Coming Out of Hibernation

I live in the Midwest.  Our winter has been topsy turvey with some days being very cold the next few days would be above normal.  We have had a lot of wind making the temperature feel colder than normal.  The last two weekends have included the warmer weather days and even with the wind the sun felt warm.  I feel like I am coming out of hibernation and I have a little spring fever.  This excitement over warmer weather has really kicked up my creativity.  I am a knitter, spinner, gardener and shepherdess of some fantastic goats.  The kitting has taken a surge forward in that I have been queuing more patterns on Ravelry.  I have also cleaned up my favorites on Ravelry.  Craftsy has been having a sale on yarn and I have purchased yarn for very specific projects- sock yarn, two skeins for hats and two shawl quantities. I have caked up the hat yarn and should have the first hat completed today.
I have been searching Etsy and sheep breeder listings checking for shearing dates and checking out fleece.  I am looking for Blue Faced Leicester in white and a colored Romney as this point.  I have started checking the Iowa Sheep and Wool home page looking for class listings(still not posted but should be soon).  I have picked out fiber to comb and then begin spinning from fleece I have purchased in the past.  I have also chosen the next cheviot roving to turn into socks.
I have been looking through garden catalogs and discussing with my daughter and husband some tentative plans for the garden.  In addition to growing popcorn I would like to grown corn for grinding into cornmeal.  I have been looking at the options in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog.  My daughter takes a section of the garden and donates all the food that her area produces.  It is funny I could barely get her to weed a section for our consumption, and yet she had a good time working for the benefit of the food pantry.
This past week the baby goats have started to arrive.  We have decided to name the nubian babies sweet treats.  We have Ginger Snap, Oreo and Toffee so far.  The angora babies will be named after characters in Greek mythology.  The angora babies are coming in lots of colors we have white, taupe, brown and black curly coated babies that need to be named.  Who needs a dog when you can pet one of these curly coated babies?  Well it is time to go do another barn check talk to you soon!

1 comment:

  1. I always look forward to your posts, they are full of interesting information. You and your family lead such busy and varied lives. I look forward to another soon.