Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Well, yesterday the lady that is giving me the buck, offered me his wether pen companion, also. I agreed as I like his color and he will make a nice addition to the herd. He is a reverse badger with white markings. I will be getting the front goat, Hawkeye, and the one on the right, Yazzie, for my herd.
From My goats
I finished the gloves for Sandy. They are nice and thick, so her hands should stay warm when she walks in the cold weather. They are out of Wonderland Dye Works fiber, in the Aurora colorway made with Border Leicester wool. They should last her a long time if she takes care of them.
From Finished Proj...

Now maybe I can get back to knitting on my socks, as well as spinning and having fun with my wheel. I got out my newest spindle last night and gave it a test spin, with Berries, another colorway from Wonderland Dye Works. The spindle is really nice and spins beautifully, it is light and well balanced, perfect for my lace weight spinning.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I was GIVEN a Navajo Angora buck this morning! His name is Hawkeye and he will be two years old this April, so is just old enough to breed. He will be a good addition to my herd, as he is not related to my does and carries color. He is what is know as a mantled pattern, which means that he is white with color across his shoulders, like he is wearing a mantle. I'm so happy that I am able to have him, as this means that Desert Moon Farms is off to a good start. I will add more does to the herd as I can find ones that I like and can afford.
From My goats

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I finished Bob's hat in time for him to take it with him. He has realized that I need to modify it a bit to keep his ears covered, so will do that when he gets back. I finished the first sock of my colorwork pair! Now to cast on the second and get it done.

I figured out what I was doing wrong with my spinning wheel and have filled two bobbins with the merino. I will be plying that today. I have two pounds of the merino to spin, and each bobbin holds 4 ounces, so it will take a while to get it all spun. It looks to be about a sport weight yarn, which is nice. I'm still trying to decide what I want to make with it when I finish spinning it. I also want to ply some shetland that I spindle spun, thinking about using it with the denim B&L for another pair of colorwork socks.

Still to cold to do much yardwork, but I am starting to plan a veggie garden for this year. We want to plant corn, green beans, carrots, eggplant (for me), radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkins, peppers (bell and banana), and some other veggies. Getting the list of seeds/transplants made now and have to decide where to put the garden. Once the site is decided, then I will have to dig it up and start adding the peat moss, humus and other stuff to the soil to make it rich enough to grow the crops.

The goats are doing good. They have nice thick coats and I'm looking forward to shearing them in March or April, depending on the weather. I am working on a deal to have a friend card the fiber and blend it either with some wool that I'm getting or some of the fiber from her animals.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Got busy and haven't had time to update, so here goes. First, we got the snowflakes blocked and up, they looked real nice. We didn't get the mini stockings done, but will finish them for next year. I'm on the heel flap of my sock, but doing the colorwork on it is slowing me down. I spent some time playing with my new wheel and got some merino spun on it the other day.

I cast on a hat for Bob last night, it is by a pattern that I'm developing, so can't say anything else about it right now. I am trying to get it done tonight, so that he can take it with him. I cast on to swatch for another pair of long socks for him. I have enough yarn in the stash for 3 pairs of short socks for him as well.

As for Christmas presents, besides the wheel, I got a stereo, a set of Susan Bates sock needles, a pan, $40, 4 long sleeve shirts and a pair of pants. I also got some candy and bath stuff. I spent the money on a scale to weigh fiber with, a small basket to keep projects in (I have 3 now) and other things for me.