Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No strings attached.

So, in the effort to diversify a little bit around the blog, I'm going to be putting down my thoughts on the whole "farm" thing, too. The yarn talk will continue, but this will track what's going on as I transition to CO farm chick.

Speaking of chicks...I placed an order with McMurray Hatchery last night. 5 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 2 Black Stars and 3 Rhode Island Reds, all hens. 4 "straight run" silkies, 2 black and 2 white. (These are clearly pet chickens, but they are so cute. Daven keeps calling them alpaca chickens, so they had to come along.) And just to keep my life complicated...a variety pack of 25 meat roosters. I figure I'd like to try a bunch of different breeds. Yes, as of last night, I've locked myself into killing and eating a bunch of birds. I've already asked my parents to come down to help with butchering, since they raised chickens when I was growing up, and I certainly remember slaughter time. We'll be doing things a little differently, or at least that's the plan. More about that, later. I'll give warnings before launching into (literal!) gory details.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A day late, but the monthly round-up of photos

This is what March has wrought for me. I've been a little busy.

Welcome to my living room. It is full of string and crazy. Watch out for the brain eating cthulhu plush dolls.

My dad's birthday socks. I sent them along with the red&pink socks that I knit back in January for my mother, as I am a slacker and their birthdays are within a month of each other. I enjoy the fact that my parents are very happy with receiving socks as presents. :)

More socks that will be presents. Hopefully they'll fit. The first socks I've knit using the magic loop method. I've cast on another pair of stripey socks using the same method, with different yarn. This is my blind/travel knitting that requires no real attention from me.

The first of the pair of socks from the big box of sock kits. I'm not keeping up with the "novel pair of socks" every month, mostly because...uh...I'm knitting everything else under the sun.

I didn't knit all of this in March. No, I cast this on back before Daven and I got engaged and had knit about half of it. I've been moving it around from house to house ever since. Funnily enough, once I picked it up and started working on it again, I finished in about 3 hours. Self, please remember that in order to finish a project, you must WORK ON a project. As I said to HappyGoth on IM "This is going to be a lesson that I feel I will learn numerous times in my life, and always be surprised by it."

And this is the big bastard that has been taking up most of my time. It's a queen sized blanket, obviously knit in panels. Size 17 needles, 4 strands of acrylic. I decided I would rather move a finished product than a big bin of random acrylic yarn, so cast this on. It is super easy, but incredibly heavy, so I have to wear my elbow brace if I'm working on it at all. I hopefully am on the last panel now, and hope to finish it before too long.

I also spun a bobbin of fine yarn, but I didn't take a picture because it loses something on the bobbin. Maybe next month.