Holiday Festival!

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, I’m now focusing on getting ready for the Bow Market Holiday festival, which is coming up fast.

When: Next Saturday, Dec 7, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Edison Elementary School, 5801 Main Ave, Bow, WA 98232

To that end, I’ve finished up a couple of sweet little sheep puppets this weekend

Luv Ewe
Luv Ewe, Too!

I’ll have lots of hats

Handspun yarns-

And perhaps some carded fiber if I have time this week.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi! There will be music and food as well as all kinds of unique and local gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list 🙂

Curly Tops

No hats this week, but five little sheep puppets got their curly hairdos!

Just love those little felty guys. This batch is shaping up to be pretty darn cute.

Out in the pasture, the curly tops are a little soggy and mucky

I tried to convince Esther to let me tidy her up a little, but she was having none of it.

At least I know that once the wool comes off of her it cleans up nicely-

Esther singles for the Holiday Market!

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Hat and a Half

Hats falling off the needles

And some popping back on-

I had some misgivings about the color scheme even while it was in progress, but wasn’t quite sure. After it was washed and dried I just wasn’t happy with it, so I did some surgery. So that’s my half-hat.

Now the question is, what are the right colors to finish it up?

What do you think? Will the violet work?

In other news, we got a few new chickens this week!

gray Americauna
tan and gray Americauna
pretty lacy dark girl with partially feathered feet

They seem to be settling in nicely. And it helps the hen-to-rooster ratio a bit!

Weekend Projects, Large & Small

We’re finally in the wrapping up stages of our latest multi-weekend project: extending the chicken shed. Will be so nice to have this newly covered run area available to the chigs this winter!

Still have to figure out exactly how we want to finish the north end (left side of photo above) so for now we’ve got it closed off with a gate and some chicken wire.

But it gives our feathered friends quite a bit more covered area to scratch and flap and do chicken stuff while safe from aerial predators, which are especially numerous here in the winter months (eagles coming in to feed on salmon in the Samish river).

We’ll need to configure some panels that we can fold down in really bad weather to keep out some wind and blowing rain/snow, but at least the shell is now mostly complete. Hopefully it will make winter a little more manageable out there.

And today, after many years of lamenting birds and bats getting trapped in our shop building, I pulled out a tall ladder and resolved to plug the old chimney, as it was the only remaining way they could be getting in-

The opening at the top was a 6 inch square with rounded corners.

Which reminded me of some nursery pots I had stashed. Turns out they were the right shape, but just a smidge small, so I turned to bubblewrap and duct tape to make up the difference.

beauty, eh?

And here is my homegrown solution neatly filling the chimney opening

With any luck this will prevent the needless deaths of any more bats and birds (and bird droppings all over the inside of the shop). yay.

And, of course there are wool projects in the works! The Holiday Festival is now less than a month away, so I am trying to keep up a two-hats-a-week pace.

This weeks hats are both of the earflap variety ( i love the fit of these- so cozy!)

And four more sheep puppets got their peepers today as well-

Thanks goodness for long weekends.

Happy veterans day to all fellow veterans out there, and Go Hawks! 🙂