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Put on your Sunday clothes, there’s lots of world out there!

Don’t remember if I ever mentioned Barnaby before–

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But here he is- all finished and ready to go out on the town (or the pasture)

He’s a pretty dapper little guy, with a subtle tone-on-tone diamond pattern and a little bit of argyle-ish diagional detail.

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Here he is doing a little meet and greet with some of the gang

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I think Chone was disappointed that he wasn’t a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

Driving Miss Esther

Yesterday we brought a new girl home ๐Ÿ™‚

Her name is Esther, and she’s of CVM/Romney/Icelandic parentage- so kind of a big full-figured gal. Too much sheep for the back of the Subaru! (how I brought Dottie home last year), so we had to get out the big blue truck.

Here is Esther contemplating the ramp we rigged up to get her into the back…..

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And safely loaded up.

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Thankfully it wasn’t a very long trip, and we got her back out of the truck and settled at home without much fuss. She’s a sweet sheep and was a pretty good sport about the whole thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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She’s just getting her bearings in her new environment, and Dottie has been making sure she knows who is the boss out there, but I think that she’s going to be a great member of the flock, and a good buddy (she’s very people-friendly).

Welcome Esther!

Summa Summa Summatime

Over a month without any measurable rain.
Grass is starting to dry out, but berries are still going strong!

Already harvested my small crop of black currants and made them into jam.
Raspberries just keep coming, and blueberries are just now starting to ripen.
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Baby chickens are hardly babies anymore- about 12 weeks old now, and we’re starting to get a sense of how many roosters are among the brood.

They are still really cute, and I keep hoping that a couple especially pretty (handsome?) ones are hens.
It’s pretty certain that all new roos are going to have to go- either to new homes or to the freezer.

In sheep news, the downed poplar tree is still producing some new foliage, so the feasting continues (at least when I come out and pull down some branches for them).

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Branches make the sheepers so happy.

And I’m pleased to report, I officially finished the Dottie Oregon Vest!

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Zipper is in and, it’s a good fit. I’m so happy with it that I’m almost looking forward to Fall and the weather cooling off ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of Oregon, I was just down in Portland last week for work, and found some lovely souvenirs at the local yarn shops.
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The greens seemed to be calling to me this time.

I think that they are going to turn into a Zephyr Cove shawl,

perhaps with a twist of juicy tangerine thrown in to make it pop.
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Pop!
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Wool in the Sunshine

Just finished the Dottie Oregon vest this weekend, and she turned out great. Just needs a zipper now, and that should come in the mail in a couple of weeks.

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Minor adjustments to the pattern- I added a little waist shaping, sloped the shoulders off just a bit, and widened the neck by a few stitches.

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I’m really in love with the way the fabric feels. Substantial and strong, but fluffy and with a little bit of a fuzzy halo.

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It’s too bad it’s too warm out now to wear it, but I’m sure it will get a lot of use once the weather turns cool this fall.

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And hereโ€™s a fun little bit of splashy color to round out the weekโ€™s wool-work. Approximately 380 yards. No idea what it might eventually be. For now, itโ€™s just fun and fruity yarn basking in the sun.

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