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Adventure Chicken on Walkabout

A while back we noticed that one of the new girls was getting out of the pasture during the day.
She would be out in the yard, and, assuming that she wasn’t able to get back in herself, we would go out and open the gate to let her back in with her friends.


But over the last week or so it has become clear that she is a chicken apart, who has her own ideas about where she wants to hang out, and can come and go from the pasture as she pleases.


I spent some time observing our adventure chicken, and it turns out that she is returning to her chick-hood pen over on the other side of the yard to lay her eggs.




I figure as long as I know where to find her eggs, I guess we’re good. No point in trying to keep her in. She’s a free spirit.

But I have taken steps to try and keep the crows from their egg thievery!


Net. Lots of net.

Crows are way too smart- I’m sure that if they really want to they can find a workaround.
But I’m hoping that it is just annoying enough to make them go somewhere else to get their goodies!

And, of course, there are more hats-


Only a month or so until the holiday market I think I can maybe get another 6 done by then.

And after that, I think I might be ready for a sweater project. It’s been a while since I’ve cast on for something big, and I’m starting to get the itch!

I Felt That!

This week’s hat, pre-felting


and on my head for scale.


and here it is after a trip through the washer and drier-



It’s got a soft  fuzzy halo from the mohair in the yarn, and the multicolor yarns “cook” down so nicely.


Working with these fun colors this week got me inspired to do a little more dyeing.

Teal, yellow, moss green and red should give me lots of nice blending  options.


II especially  liked the range of shades I got in my red batch.


That will be a lot of fun to play with once it dries, but in the meantime here are the beginnings of next week’s hat.  Gotta have something on the needles!



Four Hat Limit

Apparently four hats is as many as I can knit in a row.


I was going along, feeling like I was kind of in the groove, cranking out hats and feeling pretty good about it- I mean, you can never have to many hats, right?

Then I finished number 4 on thursday night and I knew I had to move on.

So here we go.
New project.

Vintage Mood

In a blend of Frank-Felix, Griff, and Coco (to start)


The construction on this is really interesting-
You start from the center back, working upward and over the shoulders, increasing on the outside edges to create the shoulder caps and fronts, finishing with an integrated shawl collar. Then you pick up stitches around just about at the bustline and work the rest down from there.

What is really cool about that is that when you wrap the fronts over, the orientation of the stitches is changed and horizontal stripes become vertical stripes.

So it seems really promising from a stash-utilization perspective.
And it’s written for bulky weight yarn, so it should be a fairly quick knit.

Feels good to have a plan.