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Saturday, September 26, 2009

This and That!!






Will try to get a quick post in this morning before the day begins. Finally finished all the items I had entered in the fibre section at the Llama Conference and got RH on the road to the Conference. He phoned after he got there and said one of the fleeces I sent they could not find.....I said it went out to the truck in your hands...now they were all in the same bag for goodness sake...so whatever happened to it it happened after it went into the truck. Have not heard from him since so it could have been a mix-up somewhere. Got the donated scarves finished, got a picture of the red one finished but forgot to get one of the last scarf. I am here at home llama watching, we have about ten llamas and a couple alpacas that are all due to have their babies any day, so far nothing. We had two days of record breaking heat and thought for sure the babies would all arrive at once. Finally got a good picture of the little boy llama a few days ago, he now has a name..."Paxton" and thanks to Valli and her suggestion that I name the little girl "Posie" she also has a name. Yesterday it cooled off a bit, they are doing a controlled burn in the mountains and we are getting the smoke around here so was glad for the breeze yesterday but the wind went down last night and smoke moved back in so woke up with a foggy head and sore throat, is supposed to be windy again this afternoon so hopefully it will blow away. when it was so hot I went downstairs and sorted some more llama fleece to card and spin, I spun a skein to enter in the fibre show and want another skein to go with it to have enough for a scarf, but did not get back at it yesterday. My little rose bush just keeps blooming, I bought it thinking it was one of those miniature roses but it just keeps growing and blooming, now the problem is to manage to keep it over the winter, I have been putting out mouse seed to get rid of the mice but I do not think it is doing any good as they are still running around and I think they are undermining some of my flowerbed...grrrrr!! What to do...what to do!! The garden is shutting down slowly, we had a bit of frost so things are just touched. The potatoes are great this year, will have to get the fibre out of the cold room so we have someplace to put them...and we better get them out of the ground pretty soon or I will not have to worry as I see the moles have moved into that area. Just can not win around here with the predators, is a constant battle to keep my animals and gardens safe. Well I can hear I am being paged from the barnyard so better get moving, have the window open and the goats are calling me...also the resident rooster is doing his thing too...lots of crowing going on for one rooster. He is probably hungry too!!
Well!!!! After I wrote this post this morning I tried to send it and it would not go, tried a couple more times today...would not go....I just tried again... and all of a sudden I noticed the the little box was not checked beside do you except etc. I checked it and everything is ready to go.....now if I could just figure out how to move the pictures around and not just dump them all in.........someday.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Some Knitting and some Cuteness





We are actually having fall this year after last year when we went from summer to winter overnight, hope it stays around for a while as the chores never end. Watered the garden good today as it was getting so dry, still enjoying some of the veggies, can not believe I still have edible lettuce. I see the mice are also enjoying the carrots, some of the tops were munched and the last week we have had a deer visiting, lots of footprints but the only thing that got tasted was the top of a few berry bushes. We moved the females llamas over to the pasture by the garden so will probably not have trouble with the deer anymore. Llama babies should start arriving toward the end of the month so I wanted them closer to the house so I could keep an eye on them. Really enjoying the gift babies, have to take the time to name the poor things, keep calling them girl baby and boy baby. The little girl loves to get her picture taken and is always posing but the boy just says get away with that camera, but I did get a couple of pictures of him.
The fleece sorting is on going when I get a minute but have been trying to get my knitting for the conference finished, everyone is knitting scarves out of llama fibre and donating them to the conference, I have three made and want to do one more but also entered a couple skeins of yarn in too so I better get them done, only have a week and a half left. Washed and blocked all the socks today that I have been knitting all summer, had blocked some before and today I had thirteen pair to block. Will have to dig them all out and do a count. I took a picture of the red scarf partly finished but got it finished today and blocked it, wanted it to be about sixty inches....after it was blocked...it was over seventy inches....I thought it would probably block a bit larger.....but ten inches!! The pattern I used was the one row scarf, was worried as I knit that it would be too loose but after it was blocked it was o.k. Will try to get a picture tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Look What Came To Live At Our House!!




I know I said the door was closed, the inn was full.....but...I guess I left it open a crack...and look who came to live with us...more gift llamas...but they have to be the cutest gifts we have ever gotten, the little boy is the largest and the little girl is the smaller, they have different fathers but they look like twins. Now have to think of names for them!! In a couple of weeks some of our llamas and one alpaca should be having their babies....there is going to be a whole lot of cute running around in the barnyard.
I have been busy resorting my llama fleeces and a friends that have already been in two shows and getting them ready for the conference show at the end of Sept. Trying to decide whether I will put another fleece in the show but it is so soft and so full of trash have been picking it all afternoon, also have bags of alpaca fibre sorted and ready to go to the mill. The entry's for the Handspinners choice class I was judging and spinning up an oz each of nineteen different entry's is finished and ready to go. Now to decide whether I will enter any of the other classes.
Have almost finished knitting another pair of socks, just going to start decreasing for the toe on the last sock, have been happily knitting socks all summer but all of a sudden do not even want to see another sock. Have to get something different on the needles. We have had some really hot days lately and usually we always have a breeze blow in in the evening to cool things off but not the last couple of days so the house has been so hot, has finally cooled off here at midnight so am off to bed. Tomorrow is another day of picking debris out of llama fleece......