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!”


It’s Alive!!!

The E-Spinner is up and running 🙂 🙂 🙂

In the video it doesn’t look like the flyer is going very fast, but I guess that has something to do with the camera- it was probably going about 900-1000 rpm.

We still have to construct the lid for the box to cover the motor and controller, and also figure out how we want to do the scotch tension, but I have rigged up a temporary brake band for the bobbin so that I can play with it.

We’re going to use the same walnut for the lid as the base-


I think he’s so handsome. Going to call him Moto.


In other news, I got most of the rest of Dottie and Chone sheared yesterday. Really nice fleeces this year!
Dottie was being a bit of a fusser, so I had to ask The Man to help me out. She’s mostly done, but still has fluffy haunches. I’ll have to clean her up later on.

It’s amazing how much wool she and Chone grow in a year. then when you help them out of their coats, they are just tiny little buggers.
I had partially sheared Dottie in the Fall (maybe late September?), just in the front about to her waist (do sheep have waists!) and she had regrown at least four inches. So I might need to shear her every six months. The even longer wool on her back end did get a little felted over the winter, but should still be workable. Might need to get out the combs!