Sunday, April 25, 2010

Daedalus Begins Working

I finished blocking my very first shawl attempts yesterday. It went pretty well.

And by pretty well, I mean that I closed the door to the room where the shawls were drying and told everyone not to leave the door open. After being satisfied by everyone's promises, I left the house for an hour. Upon coming back I found said door open and the shipwreck shawl no longer pinned to the futon. The door was closed to keep a certain somebody out of the room and off of the shawls.

I, of course, was not upset with the dog. I already knew that given the chance he would lay all over the shawls and pull up all the pins. I was more upset with a certain tall and funny-looking housemate who promised not to leave the door open. Liar liar pants on fire. Luckily all was well in the end. The shawls were re pinned.

They dried without anymore incidents. (Of course that was because I locked the door and gave a fair number of dirty looks)

Later on I started a new shawl. The Icarus Shawl. Brennan has taken to calling me Daedalus.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lambies Pt. 2

Lamb escape! Don't worry. He didn't get out.

Five new lambs were born at the mill on Sunday. I happened to walk in the barn and noticed that there were a few more lambs than there should have been. One of the sheep had triplets. There are now two sets of triplets. Both sets have two black and and one white sheep.

Both sets have one male and two females.
The male white sheep

Both sets are adorable. I love watching the lambs suck on parts of their mom that isn't an udder. This particular lamb favors the inner thigh.
The great udder in the sky

I did end up seeing one lamb being born. One of the twins. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera. Jane came to the rescue and passed on this photo. We call it "Hanging Out".

Here the twin sisters are a day later. Their current names are Luna and Umbra. Umbra is a little hard to see. Luna looks like a true CVM (California Variegated Mutant) with the spots around her eyes.

And as always, Walter was keeping a close eye on me. He likes to make sure all his girls are ok. He also likes to butt people.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spinning Lessons and New Born Lambs

I spent the last week knitting 4 hats and 3 headbands for farmer's market. It was such a relief to finish them all that I forgot to take pictures. Whoops. Here is a picture of a llama at the mill itching it's ear with it's hoof instead. I think that is much more interesting than pictures of hats.

I did recently get a lovely ball of yarn in the mail from Wolle's Yarn Creations. The colorway is Tropical. It is a 6-ply cotton.

I've decided to make a Citron shawl from it. And yes I know I haven't quite finished the Shipwreck Shawl. It'll be done just as soon as my blocking mats come in the mail.

Today I went to the mill for a spin-in. I bought a niddynoddy that was made from a recycled shair. After spinning wheel lessons I headed out to the barn to see my favorite little lambs. As I looked in I noticed that there was an extra lamb in the barn. As I went to get a closer look, I noticed another ewe who had three new lambs. Of course I had forgotten my camera at home. Soon it became apparent that the ewe with one lamb had one more on the way. I got to see a lamb being born! I hope to get some pictures from other people who were there.

Poor Scooter was left alone for a few hours while I was gone. He's been pretty sleepy recently, so I don't think he minded.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Land Ho!

Yesterday I officially finished knitting the Shipwreck Shawl. Phew. I ended up watching four seasons of Law and Order: SVU while making the shawl, which comes out to around 65 hours. So, I am naming the shawl Law and Order. Seems appropriate.

A new dilemma arises though. Originally I was going to dye the shawl using the instructions from Knitty. But I'm not so sure anymore. This is where all you readers come in. Should I dye the shawl as seen in Knitty, or should I leave it as is. Please vote. I am equally divided.

What Color Should The Shipwreck Shawl Be?

In other news, my camera is starting to give me problems. This morning the camera portion just wouldn't turn on. Only preview worked. So it looks like I'm going to be saving up for a new camera. I'm just happy it worked long enough for me to get a few pictures of the shawl and the beautiful day out by the mill.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Three lambs were born at the mill on April 3rd.

I got to hold the white one when she was two days old. She was about the size of Scooter, but a little lighter.

There are also a bunch of baby chicks.

As I was taking pictures of the lambs, Molva, the resident pet chicken, came over. She's quite photogenic. It almost seemed as if she was demanding to have her picture taken.

Work has been going well. I'm primarily working with the spinning frame. It spins roving into a single piece of yarn. (Many yarns are plied, which means there are more than one single spun with it) The machine also puts a second twist into the yarn.

The mill is an excellent place to work. It's beautiful out there to boot.

And now for the Scooter report. Scooter has been all over me when I come home from work. I'm sure I smell rather interesting to him. Recently after taking the laundry out of the dryer, I dumped it on him. I don't think I've ever seen him so satisfied.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

First Feature

I've been busy and subsequently very sore from working at the Yolo Wool Mill. I hope to take some pictures of me at work soon since the machines are so cool. But until I get a picture of the actual mill, here is a picture of the surrounding area.

In other news, I got featured in a blog on Thursday. Moleskinerie posted up pictures of my Moleskine passports.

I wouldn't have known except when I came home after work I saw that I had 68 new views on my blog. Normally, I'm lucky if I have ten views a day. Note the large spike.

And now for the Scooter report. Every time Scooter comes near me, I've had an allergy attack. I figured it was just pollen on his fur, so today he got a bath. Scooter is not a big fan of the bath.

After his bath, Scooter spent the next ten minutes running around like a maniac, throwing himself at the rug and shaking himself with vigor. I'm sure he's happy that is over with.
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