Thursday, February 25, 2010

First Ravelympics Medal

I have my first medal. Okay, it was an easy one - Aerial Unwind is the event for frogging a finished project or one in progress.

I knit a Lazy Day Moebius with the limited Lambswool worsted weight and wanted to make it extra special since the yarn was a limited lot. However when I changed the pattern I wasn't pleased with the results. It came out as planned, wide enough to make a shawl collar; but it was not as comfortable for me to wear as the regular Lazy Day.

This is what it looked like before frogging, now it is 2 cakes of yarn. If I do the same pattern again, I will follow the pattern or maybe choose something else.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ravelympics 2010

I entered the Kimono Cardigan in WIPs-Dancing event hoping to get it finished. However, things and life keep getting in the way. (meaning I am not making enough progress to have it finished by the end of the Olympics.)

Today as I was dyeing some yarn I realized I could enter the Downhill Dyeing event. Good news, now at least I have a chance of a project crossing the Finish Line. Have to look at some of the other events now.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine Lamb at Marr Haven

This is part of my birthday present - Valentine, the ewe lamb.

Another part of my gift is a camcorder so here is a video of Valentine (I hope). We did a condensed version so it would be easy for everyone to open (I hope). You can hear Gene in the background call the lamb a "little guy" but it is a ewe lamb.

Monday, February 15, 2010

One World One Heart Winners

This was the first time I have participated in such a blog affair. It has been great fun to see all the wonderful creative artists all around the world. The variety of artwork was fantastic and the comments from others were a joy to read. I really would not have wanted to try to choose a winner and was very glad Lisa provided the link to the Random Generator.

Now to the drum roll..................! The winner of the felt flower brooch is Shirley Cook of Jumping Jack Glass, a glass and fiber teaching artist from California.

The winner of the skein of Marr Haven Light Grey Wool Yarn is Barbara Haviland, Barb's Garden, a fine art painter from Texas.

Thank you to all who visited my blog, I hope you will come back again to see what our life on a sheep farm in SW Michigan can hold. One little tease: today is my birthday and two of the gifts I received is a video camcorder and a baby lamb. I will try to learn the camcorder quickly so I can post our newest baby in the barn.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Deer at the Apple Tree

Gene put the field camera out last night and now we have a current picture of the deer that I mentioned yesterday. This was taken at about 10:30 pm. They were having their Valentine's treat early.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow Benefits

So much of the US is having snow, yesterday NBC said 49 states had measurable snow! Since we are used to it I thought I would try to find a benefit that might 'ease the pain' of those who aren't used to it - or just plain have TOO MUCH. A benefit - you can see the animals better.

This am I went to the front porch and watched 12 bluebirds take turns flying from one of the maples to the small Holly bush. I couldn't see any berries left but their bright blue feathers and red breast were easy to spot. Then a woodpecker started doing a tattoo on another maple. Not to forget, the tracks under the old apple tree down from the drive made it obvious that the deer were visiting last night.

This is a picture I took a couple of years ago of a doe looking in the shop window. The sun was shining so she couldn't see me on the inside - sorry the window screen messes the photo.

Last thought or post about snow from me, maybe if we all turned facing north and blew really hard, we could help Vancouver get some more snow for the Olympics.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Rooster Tail

I expected to see heavy snow falling with deep snow on the ground when I awoke this am and was pleasantly surprised, the sun was shining.

We had only about 5-6 inches of new snow. Gene got the plow out early, even drove it up to the corner of the main road so the mail lady could get in our road to pick up packages.

I know others south and east of us were not as lucky and possibly in areas that aren't as prepared to handle huge amounts of snow so I pray that everyone stays sane and safe.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hand dyed Yarn Special Price & Size

These skeins are slightly smaller and only $15.75 to give those who want to try hand dyed yarn before they invest much money.

Each skein has plenty of yardage to make a pair of fingerless mitts or a hat. It is such fun to see how the hand dyed yarns make their own color design even with a simple basic pattern.

The skein on top is called Nearly Navy. The skein on the bottom is called Tropic, I was dreaming of the warmth to come in a few months.