Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for the big yarn along.
I keep trying to come up with something witty and cute to write. But my brain hurts. This little baby of mine needs to start sleeping more than 2 hours at a clip at night. He's a sweet little thing...but mama's tired!!!
Ok, I feel better that I wrote that.
Now on to knitting....and reading....
On and Off Leanne's needles:
I'm still working on the little hooded cardigan for a family friend's new baby.
Samuel Len Furtner was born last Saturday. So this little baby alpaca sweater is for him. I better start knitting more!
More rows were done on my "Squan Sweater". I had intended on making this for the fall to wear at Manasquan Football games. Oops. Season is almost over. Sweater is not done. Oh well.
A little gift...
And what I'm reading:
The library called me this week with a pile of books that I requested. I love libraries :)
Reading Tiger's Wife. I've been so tired lately that I only read a few pages at a time, but so far it's very good and very well written.
The rest are knitting books and a little book about encouraging my boys to write.
Very interesting so far.
Now, Andee (the knitting machine) has made some more AMAZING knits.
Seriously Andee, do you sleep?
Handspun Alpaca Yarn
Original Hat with alpaca yarn
(Please note that she said in her email to me that she started this LAST NIGHT.
LAST NIGHT PEOPLE! SERIOUSLY?????) And she wrote the pattern....just sayin'.
And she finished this beautiful braided scarf made from the yarn of three of our alpacas.
Oh...and she wrote the pattern for this too...
I hope you all have time to knit and read this week!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Dee, Don and Liz attended the 2011 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza in Syracuse, New York this weekend. They did not take any alpacas with them, but they did come home with 2 first place ribbons, 1 third place ribbon and 1 Judges Choice Award. Four ribbons in all for photography!
First Place & Judges Choice: "The Alpaca & The Praying Mantis"
Category: Black & White
Photographer: Andee Fagan
Third Place: "Look at the Pretty Leaves"
Category: Computer Enhanced
Photographer: Andee Fagan
Thursday, October 20, 2011
In the year that we have had the alpacas, we have had one shearing. Some of the yarn that we have from our animals was from their previous farm or some that we (as in my mom and sisters) have washed, carded and spun. So, this yarn and roving is the first batch from our shearing day and our animals. I have been anxiously awaiting this moment. I know that the alpacas on this farm are of high quality, super personalities, beautiful to look at and fun to hang out with, but what would their yarn look like?
Well, it's here and it's wonderful.
Spicy, you take the prize. Your yarn is the most beautiful rose grey, oatmeal, tan, fabulous, beautiful yarn that I have ever seen. We had all of the yarn mixed with 30% merino wool. I love that blend because it gives the yarn memory and stands up to holding the stitch.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This week, I just casted on this little hooded sweater in baby alpaca yarn. It will be a gift for a baby that is due very soon. I am reading, When We Were Strangers. It got 5 stars on amazon, so my fingers are crossed that it's another good one.
Andee has her very own blog now. She got mad at our blog because she was having trouble posting and making comments. So she started one of her own. Hopefully she'll still send me pictures to put on here! She's the knitting machine and makes us look good.
Andee is using the blog to help with her son's speech delay and other kids that may have the same issues. She documents things with her camera and it helps with his speech development. So check her out when you can...http://matchthepictures.blogspot.com/
UPDATE: Andee sent me some pictures. Yippee! Makes me look better :)
She knits at warp speed.
So here's what Andee has to share with us today:
dark gray alpaca yarn
#2- Awan Hat-
made with yarn I washed, carded, and spun on a drop spindle.
This is not a child size hat, but Shea was enjoying wearing it.
(the fiber is from Awan the alpaca)
#3- Welted Hat
made with Eco Baby Alpaca Yarn, dark gray
#4- Fiber Art Project
I am working on a project for a competition. It has a bunch of different parts, but here is a sneak peek.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Well, this weekend our girl Melody headed out to Abenaki for her big date. Hopefully all went well and she'll be having another baby for us. Four of the five girls that were bred in the summer are pregnant. Melody is the only one that didn't get "knocked up".
Sorry no other way I can put it.
The two girls that were bought at auction will also be having babies with Melody.
So three fall babies will join the herd next year (fingers crossed)
Knitting, knitting, knitting while watching football and taking care of my boys.
Secret Santa project is officially on the needles :)
And heading to headquarters for some skinny hamburgers tonight. Yum.
Have a great week.