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Three Posts in One

(In no particular order)

Baby Chickens Venture Forth

Despite my best efforts to keep the baby chickens in a safe and secure nursery environment they are on the loose in the shed and pasture.

We have one mama with one week old chickies

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And another mama with three week old chickies

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Really hope these girls know what they are doing and can keep the young’uns safe.

Nautical Knitting Was Awesome!

Sunrise in the San Juans
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Live-Aboard Kitty
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Knittin’ topside
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View from a porthole
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Knitters furling a big honkin’ sail.
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Our illustrious instructor
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Main mast and lots of rigging
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Magnificent sunset hues
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And a bit of woolly colorwork as well
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Dolores Has a Wrap

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Is she stylin’, or what? 🙂

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Her Name is Dolores

But I keep accidentally calling her Esther 🙂

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Still working on her shawl. Hope to get that wrapped up later tonight or tomorrow.
So for now she is nekkid.
And sitting up high on a shelf, because Gus is way too interested in her.

I think she is super cool, with her felted Felix curls hairdo.

Now she needs outfits!

Baby chicken update- Mama#1 is doing well with her two bebes. They are about 2 weeks old now and growing fast. Mama#2 has hatched out two chickies over the last couple of days and continues to sit on the remaining eggs. She’s the girl who raised up 12 chicks last year, so she’s got some experience with these things. Hoping that she sticks with it to get the other eggs to the finish line!

The Heat is On

Current conditions at the homestead

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Things should become more tolerable when the sun goes down in a few hours. Until then, I am pretty much hiding inside other t han to check on critters every once in a while.

And speaking of critters, please give a big welcome to our two newest farm friends

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Yep. Couple little chickies hatched out last weekend. Few other eggs that must have been added to the nest at some point later have been transferred to another speckled sussex girl who is also in a broody frame of mind since mama #1 gave up sitting on them yesterday.

In other news, Dolores is coming along nicely-

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Since that photo I she has gained ears, and now I am working on legs. hoping that by next weekend she’ll be all assembled and outfitted!

And I’ve also been working on spinning up some Chone from 2012 that I unearthed in the re-organization of the wool room last weekend. I think the reason it was still hanging around after all this time is because it had a bit of dandruff or something in it. But with some re-carding and spinning kind of fine to open up the fibers and let the debris fall out, I actually got a really nice result in my first skein!

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It’s very lofty and light

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And despite the intense heat outside, its got me making cozy sweater plans.

Accuweather says it’s supposed to start cooling off after tomorrow. Lets hope they’re right!

Vacuum Packed!

It’s wool washing weather, and so I’ve got a fair bit of new wool entering the processing pipeline.
This weekend it was Dottie and Esther

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So I decided I needed to clean and reorganize the Wool Room.

Things were getting a bit out of hand.
Lots of white bags. And bins.
Washed fleece, while not heavy, tend to take up a lot of space. It was starting to feel a little congested in there.
Kitten hadn’t complained (she’s pretty cool about stuff like that), but I felt like I needed to get it under control.

So first I had to take stock of what all I had stashed.

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First I sorted by sheep.

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I was pleased to discover that I still have a fair bit of Edgar and Griff fleece left. 🙂

And a lot of Chone. Which kind of surprised me. So much wool from such a tiny boy!

But the main thing in my reorganization plan was to make the stash take up less space.
That’s where the vacuum storage bags come in.

They are kind of like magic
This:

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Becomes this:

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The turned my pile of bags into this:

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And I could do with a couple more.
Wool bricks.
So nice and stackable on my shelf.

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Ahhh, that’s better.