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I finally got brave today and decided to move Big Mama chicken and her brood to more suitable quarters.

It was only once I lifted her off her nest that I realized there were many more chicks than I thought!

She has 11 babies, three yet unhatched eggs, and one that was in the process of breaking out of it’s shell during the move.
Sadly, I found one deceased chick in the nest.

But it seems that everyone has settled into the new spot, so I’m pleased. I think that they will be safer and comfier there (fingers crossed)

In other news, Edgar is having problems again. He hasn’t fallen (as far as a I know), but he’s clearly not feeling well.
I’ve given him a vitamin/mineral/electrolyte supplement that seemed help him come around last time, and I’m hoping that he will rebound and be his normal charismatic self again soon.

Progress continues on the Estonian Sheep puppet- drying after being washed and blocked,


Have to think some about what kind of eyes to make. The facial features are what really makes or breaks these guys.

And I did a quick chain ply on the lovely Malabrigo from SLC to preserve the color transitions:


pretty pretty pretty.

Can You Spot the Chicken?

in this photo?


How about now?


Yep. She’s hiding out under the deck.

I’m happy to see her, as I kind of assumed she was nabbed by an eagle about 3 weeks ago.

But I’m also worried about the spot she’s chosen to raise her babies.
There is no nesting material down there except some landscape cloth, and it’s far away from food.

I’d put some food out nearby, but I worry that it might attract rodents.

I’m thinking of possibly moving her, but I don’t have any experience with this. I imagine I should wait until all the viable eggs are hatched out?

There are still eggs beneath her, but I also heard peeping, so at least one chick is hatched.

Suggestions welcome.

Happy to be Home

Was gone most of the week in Salt Lake City for work, and found that they had a really cool little yarn shop- Blazing Needles!



They have a lovely selection of beautiful yarns, including a whole wall of Malabrigo


And also Brooklyn Tweed- they have such great greens.


And some really interesting unspun icelandic


I couldn’t resist picking up a braid of Malabrigo roving to take home. Mmmmmm


And managed to get a fair bit of knitting done while I was away. I started an Estonian Sheep puppet especially for the trip-


But it’s a relief to be home.
Home with The Man, and all the critters.
Right where I belong.

Oooh, pretty!

He’s got a walnut lid


and little rubber feet now



and the first Moto-spun skein


The only thing remaining to complete my Moto is the configuration of his scotch tension. Still sorting out the options for rigging that up.

Dottie says “Stay Tuned!”