Husqvarna Viking has let us know that they will be doing a class at our shop on Tuesday, October 27. We think it will be a software class, but things aren't settled yet. The instructor will be Gina Hodges. SAVE THE DATE! We will let you know more as we learn about it.
For four weeks a poor little guinea hen sat on a nest in the fence row between the pond field and the soybean field. Every morning and evening she would come running across the mown path of the field to come over and have breakfast and dinner. Then she would run back to her nest. She was as cute as she could be and regular as clockwork. Guineas always look like helmets with legs. We would try to pen her up in the chicken house, but it was impossible, she wouldn't go in. During the day, she would get tired of sitting on her nest and let out the most plaintive cry you could ever expect to hear. And last Saturday, she got her reward for all the hard work--her eggs hatched and she had a bunch of babies to take care of. She moved them into the mown path--the grass was wet and she seemed to realize that she needed to keep them as dry as she could. She was in her broody mode with all the babies tucked under her and a vicious don't you come near me look. We left her alone. By the time we got back from the store she had everyone moved to the barnyard--but the keets were so small some of them had squeezed through the mesh into the pea fowl pen. I decided we needed to catch them--so poor long suffering Mack helped me. We caught the mother and 6 babies--no easy feat. I kept hearing babies, but couldn't see them. I checked on them every 15 minutes or so and eventually caught 5 more for a total of 11 babies. Mamma was delighted to have them all. Today they are a week old and about 3 times as big as they were last Saturday. I hope you enjoy their picture!
After much deliberation and angst, Mack and I have decided to combine the two stores into one space. We will be moving Sew Creative into the yarn store, so Market Street Yarn & Crafts and Sew Creative will both be at 615 Market Street. This should be much more convenient for you, our customers, and we know it will be easier for us. All of you have been very good and patient with the signs telling you to go the other store and then running back and forth between stores with us. For some of you, it has been a real hardship. We have also found it difficult to manage both stores when one of us is sick or not able to come in for some reason. We will be conducting the move during August and plan (hope) to have the move completed by the 1st of September. We will keep you updated as we move forward with the plan. At present we plan to keep both stores open regular hours. We hope you will like this new arrangement! We are certainly looking forward to it.
The last couple of weeks have been so busy! We got a new computer data base for the yarn store and Husqvarna Viking sponsored a class on the use of the long arm and sit down quilters. They are both great machines (The quilters, not the new computer system. I am struggling to learn it as I put new items in inventory.) and we had no idea of al the things they can do. Our instructor was Karen Holmes, a Viking educator, from Vermont. She had the most gorgeous samples! I don't think I could even dream up the designs they were so beautiful . She had quilted them all and showed us some of the techniques. All of us who attended had our eyes opened wide, let me tell you! Plus, we had loads of fun! Attached is a picture of one of her quilts--using scraps and embroidered with a pattern that came with the first of the Diamond machines. The pattern is the same one featured on the red dress on the manual for that particular machine. The colors featured were purple and orange set off by green. The quilting designs repeated the outlines of the embroidery design. Unbelievable! I wish I had taken more pictures of this quilt and the other samples so you could see how gorgeous they were, but I became engrossed in what we were doing and the camera fell by the wayside.
Do you suppose this momma goose is giving her baby a bath? No, we don't think so. He slipped into the yard and got into this pan of water to cool off. Isn't he cute? The momma is L.G.'s adopted daughter--he is right behind her--and I think the momma is considering whether she would fit into the pan along with her other two babies. This picture was taken on one of those very hot days and all the geese were panting. They came into the yard to be in the shade of the house. The pond seemed like it would be cooler, but I am no judge. There is no shade down there, only full sun.
But, back to spring cleaning! Two weeks ago, no, I believe it was three, I decided to freshen up the store by rearranging and doing some cleaning. I am almost done. The yarn store is now organized by yarn weight rather than composition. I am not sure I like it as well, but it gives a different look to the store. Hopefully, I will finish by next week. This effort was not supposed to run into summer. Ah well!
Isn't this the most adorable baby outfit--an original by Stephanie Middleton!! It has a lovely smocked bodice, lace skirt and beaded ruffle hem and is made of cotton for summer. A winner in anyone's book! Picture a beautiful baby wearing it for a special outing. Oh, the compliments will flow. Thanks, Stephanie for sharing your beautiful project with us!
I have been remiss about writing due to some disappointing developments on the farm. First, one of our outdoor cats was hit by a car and killed. She was a sweetheart and we still miss her. Second, we lost a peacock. Wait, your say!You lost your peacock to an owl some time ago! Yes, we did, but we found an ad for two boys (cocks) and rushed out to buy them. We were shopping for one, but the family that had them for sale insisted that they had to go to a new home together because they were brothers, chums, and couldn't do without each other. Against our better judgment, both peacocks came home with us. Merlot, the pea hen, was in love with one (or maybe both of the handsome cocks). Unfortunately, they couldn't share and within two weeks one of the cocks was dead, killed by his brother and friend that he couldn't do without. This is all very depressing and I couldn't make myself write about it until there was good news--and that we have. Merlot has three or four eggs and is sitting on them. She has been sitting at least a couple of days. I wanted a picture of her, but wasn't able to get one-it disturbed her too much. The new cock is named Kaine, in honor of Kaine in the movie Kung Fu, or Citizen Kane, or maybe, just maybe, the Biblical Cain from the story Cain and Abel. The peacock on the top of the chicken house in the picture above is not Kaine, he is a guest--potential rival-or whatever. He belongs to the neighbors and showed up yesterday. He and Kaine have been trying to fight through the walls of the pen AND he is trying desperately to get in while Kaine is, you guessed it, trying to get out! Boys, Boys!!
The back of Serendipity is finished. It looks sort of odd, but the flanges are the sides and will be Kitchener stitched to the flanges of the fronts. Since this version is a cardigan there is a right and left front which are getting close to being done and will also have flanges for the sides. There are 8 repeats of the pattern, one for the neck, one for each sleeve, two for the sides, and three for the bottom of the sweater. The front has seven repeats of the pattern, 3 and a part of one repeat for each side; the V-neck of the sweater will take the place of the eighth pattern. Next week we start on the sleeves, I think. We are moving right along.
By the way, the puffed up part in the center should go away after blocking.
Our poor Mama geese are working so hard sitting on their nests and hatching their little ones (the first 11 arrived on Sunday). What is a mother to do! The problem is--what does a mother do when she has a gaggle of little geese running around but still has 2 or more eggs in the nest? The little goslings can't get back in the tire nest and will suffer from hypothermia and die from cold if she doesn't brood them and the eggs will die from the same thing if she gets off of them! This is where family--sisters, Aunts, and mothers come into play. We had three geese in the same little pen. Two were in tire nests and the third had her eggs on the floor. The prospective mother on the floor brooded the goslings on the floor while the mother hatched the rest of the eggs in the nest. They don't seem to care whose babies are whose and will steal nests, eggs, and goslings from each other. This morning we moved the two mothers with all their eggs hatched and a total of 21 goslings into a new pen where they can enjoy the outdoors, but still have a little building for shelter. Poor Mack has a bunch of terrible bruises on his arms from the ordeal. I wore leather gloves, goggles and a very loose coat so fared much better. Two of the goslings in the picture are female, the other is male. Pilgrim geese are sex linked so you can always tell the males from the females. Males have orange bills and blue eyes; females have gray bills and brown eyes. Hey--do you know anyone who would like to buy some goslings?
This morning when we looked down to the pond we saw two ganders fighting! Big Deal! Right! It is spring and that is what males do--they fight each other for dominance. Any time we look out there will be two, or three, or more fighting. They grab each other by the neck and run round and round making a weird honking noise until one is victorious. Then they are best friends again.
What surprises us is geese (the females) fighting over nesting sites. They are absolutely vicious! The prime nests are in tires we have set up. Two or three females and several males will jump on to the goose in the tire or any of the other nest sites and pick and pick on her. It is horrifying to watch. The side affect is that eggs get kicked out of nests and are ruined. The picture is of an egg that was accidentally kicked out of a nest.