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Apple Time

The Man took this photo of our big apple tree the other day, all heavy with fruit

She’s an old King tree, and never fails to produce a ton of apples. A couple days later the Schoonovers came over and harvested most of them- and now they are on their way to being pressed for cider 🙂 So glad that they are going to good use- as it is way more than the sheep and I could deal with!

Making ok progress on The Shepherd’s vest – working just on the front goes a little slower than knitting in the round. Managed to get one side of the front finished up during the Hawks game today.

So at least something good came out of the afternoon.

And I’m doing a little bit of puppet decorating when I can find little chunks of time- this little Dottie-wool lamb is shaping up pretty nicely-

Out in the shed, this spring’s chicks are getting big- and I’m becoming increasingly convinced that they are almost all roosters. Just figures, eh?

The Wool Report

Work continues apace on The Shepherd’s vest-

If I can keep up working one inch per day, I should be up to the shoulders by the end of the month, and will have plenty of time for finishing, washing and blocking. That’s the plan, anyway.

But I’m also trying to make time to get some more little sheep puppets going. This weekend I gave Milo a curly hairdo

And some newly assembled lambies got their peepers-

Out in the pasture things are really wet, but sheeps are enjoying windfall apples that are plentiful this time of year.

Ester says yum 🙂

Have a great week!

Progress on Projects

Mitten thumbs finally complete!

Ends tucked in, washed and dried. Done (at long last)!

More sheep puppets in the works-

Staying on pace with the Shepherd’s Vest-

And fashioned a special tiny orifice hook for Elsa from a small paperclip.

Also have a lead on getting a couple of new bobbins crafted for her. Woot!

Ps. Go Hawks! 🙂

Casting Off, Casting On

My Chone Forest vest is complete!

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and expect it will get lots of wear once the weather turns cool. Instead of buttons at the base of the collar where there is overlap I am using a cool hammered copper shawl pin that I picked up at the WSU Country Living Expo last year. I think it gives it a little artsy flair 🙂

And as soon as I had that wrapped up, I fell headlong into another vest project- this one for John of Marietta Shetlands. He brought me the yarn on Saturday- and hopefully I can turn it into a sharp-looking vest in time for the Fiber Fusion even in mid-October. So no time to waste. I’ve been swatching and putting together a plan, hoping to cast on for real tonight or tomorrow.

swatch #2, size 3 needles, drying in the sun

(Funny, I didn’t even notice until just now how similar the diamond pattern I selected for John’s vest is to the cables in Forest. Some sort of weird subliminal thing going on?)

Anyway- as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one weekend ,,,, look what followed me home yesterday!

I think I’m calling her Elsa

I’m such a wheel junkie. 🙂 But how can you say no to such a beauty?

She’s in excellent shape, and it looks like she might even be able to share bobbins with Sigrid, my other Scandinavian wheel. She’s also got adjustable maiden slots.

Cool, eh?

And she’s a sweet spinner. Seen a lot of service, as evidenced by the grooves worn in her flyer arms

the wear on the edges of the orifice

and wear patterns in the treadle

Welcome to the herd Elsa!