The big old birch in the pasture only had one branch still alive and its centre was hollow. During every wind storm, a few more branches would break off. Dad made a stack of all the fallen branches and torched it on Saturday, then hours later he pushed the smouldering pieces inside the tree's trunk through the space at the bottom. It looked quite dramatic at times, with flames shooting out of the top of the trunk. A couple of times there was a loud bang as a big piece broke off and hit the ground. It took a couple of days to burn completely. When it was just a small pile of smoking coals, the llamas moved in. That's Jeff Jefferson monitoring the remains of the burn pile in the last photo. They love rolling in the ashes, but they didn't even wait until it was cool!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Posted by Val at 10/15/2007 06:04:00 PM
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I'm on Ravelry as hillshounds. I am slowly adding my projects, FOs and stash. Ravelry is a wonderful resource for checking what others have done with yarns I have or am considering getting. It's like having access to thousands of reviews and photos all at once without a bunch of Googling.
I've got something new (not a sock! gasp!) almost done, but I can't post photos until after October 11.
Posted by Val at 10/06/2007 07:50:00 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Here's some socks I knit over the summer. I knit all my socks toe-up, one-at-a-time on two 2mm circs (Addi Turbos). Basically, I use the same formula for every sock, and just sub in whatever stitch pattern for the instep and leg that takes my fancy from any of the numerous free patterns available on-line. I always use the sewn bind-off now too, as it yields the stretchiest, yet non-ruffley, cast-off edge I've found. I'm generally working on somewhere between 64 and 74 stitches, depending on the thickness of the yarn and the stretchiness of the stitch pattern, all to fit a medium woman's foot (mine!).
Wool: Spinning Bunny, I think the colourway was Clematis (50% merino/50% tencel)
Plain stockinette with a bit of feather and fan at the cuff
This wool feels wonderful to knit and wear, but it's a bit weird how the colour patterned itself. One sock has considerably more white on it than the other. I was very careful to make sure I had the same number of stitches on feet and cuffs for both socks.
Wool: Meilenweit Cotton Maya (wool/cotton)
Stitch Pattern: slightly modified Monkey (no purling)
Wool: Trekking Pro Natura (75% wool/25% bamboo)
Stitch Pattern: Cascading Leaves from the Townsend Knitalong Group
80% wool/20% polyamid
Nothing special about this wool, but the price was right. I'm not terribly enamoured with the self-patterning "fake isle" either. From the feel of it, I suspect it will wear beautifully.
I appear to be a bit of a sock wool snob. I much prefer knitting with (and wearing!) the more luxurious (and way more expensive) merinos and merino blends.
Posted by Val at 9/16/2007 11:39:00 PM
Once or twice a week, I lock up the dogs in the kennel and let the chickens and turkeys out to gorge themselves on grass, weeds, seeds, bugs and whatever else they can find. Some of them did a little gardening in the big planter beside the garage; they are terrific weeders, but they aren't terribly discriminating about what they pull up!
The top photo is my two young Blue Slate turkeys and an Isa Brown hen. There's a Barred Rock hen almost hidden under the rose bush at the back of the planter.
The second photo is one of the "mutt" chickens hatched last summer.
The third photo is more Isa Browns, a Turken and a Silver-Laced Wyandotte exploring down the side of my driveway.
The fourth photo is the incomparable Turkenstein fresh from her summer moult, all glossy and beautiful.
And finally, #5 is a frustrated Traveler on one side of the fence and the black Silkie rooster on the other.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK (100% superwash merino) "Spring Frost"
Needles: Addi Turbos 2mm & 2.5mm
Sewn Bind-off à la Elizabeth Zimmerman
Turkish Cast-on, which is even easier than Knitty's Magic Cast-on, and I think looks just as good. Actually, I can't tell them apart.
Toe up as usual.
I lifted the stitch pattern from >Sock Bug's blog; it is pretty and fun to knit. I'll certainly use it again.
I couldn't figure out at first why my knitting looked so tight on the toe, then I finally realized that I had ordered the DK version of Supersock, so it's a heavier weight than "regular" Supersock, and I was using my usual 2mm's. Duh. So I switched to a 2.5mm for the patterned instep part of the sock two inches up from the cast-on. Maybe I knit looser than most (normal?) people because the ball band recommends US size 5 (!), and I don't think the finished fabric looks stiff or distorted. It certainly feels nice on the foot. The sole portion of the sock is quite firm due to the tiny needles I knit it on, but I think that is appropriate for a sock -- won't it improve wear? Time will tell.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
It's a sad day in Chickville. They've just realized that the grass really is greener on the other side.
Any guess as to what breed the centre chick is? I believe they're all about two months old. They are all bantams. The two outside chicks are blue Silkies.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The brown sock is Knitty's Monkey, or rather the stitch pattern from that sock. I knit it toe-up, as usual. Wool is the luscious Sweet Georgia superwash merino "Coffeebean".
The other one is the same slip-stitch fake cable I described in an earlier post, also knit toe up. The wool is Lorna's Laces Sock "Gold Hill".
I think I was pretty successful in cropping out almost all bits of unsightly pasty white leg, which is not easy this time of year!
And lastly we have the sole of the LL's sock, just because I like the staggered stripes.
This is the view from my kitchen window. I am very lucky to live here, I know!
I appear to have lost any skill I formerly had with this camera, so please excuse the blurry photos. Those are ducks in the water front of Allana, the brown llama.
Interlopers are spotted. Jefferson is heading the wrong way, but he soon corrects his trajectory.
Now we're in business! Chase those ducks off the pond! If I'd managed to get this photo focussed, you'd be able to see that there are both wood ducks and mallards taking to the air.
Once the ducks are gone, Jeffie and Allana just chase each other around for a while. Who knew that llamas like to play in water?
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Lots of "vanilla" sock-knitting going on here the past couple of months.
left to right:
Koigu PPPM (merino)
Cherry Tree Hill Supersock (merino superwash) "Blueberry Hill"
Fly Super Sport Monarch (merino superwash) "Petrol"
left to right:
Apple Laine Apple Pie (50% wool, 20% mohair, 20% silk, 10% nylon) "Godiva"
Regia Bamboo Color (45% bamboo, 40% superwash wool, 15% polyamid) "1069"
Knit Picks Main Line (75% pima cotton, 25% merino) "Dusty Lavender"
The top three have been worn and washed numerous times, hence their slightly fuzzy appearnace; the bottom three are new and unworn. The Main Line sock is much heavier than the others, but I thought a very thick sock would be good for wearing in my boots. I ran out of yarn (one ball per sock, and one 50g ball is only 82 yards) before I could get the top ribbing done, so I just grabbed a little ball of left-over sock wool to finish the top.
I knit all my socks on two Addi Turbos, size 2mm. The pattern is You're Putting Me On, which I've rewritten very slightly to change it from dpns to circular needles.