Several of us have been working on the April mystery knit along (KAL) with Skacel and Michelle Hunter. The project was a baby sweater: Adorable Ewe. Most of us have finished at least one sweater, several of us have done two, since they are so much fun and quick to make. The blue sweater was made by Amy Rodgers and I made the brown one. We have seen all sorts and all colors and every one is as cute as it can be.
This is what we see when we look out our windows: that is on lucky days when our neighbors peafowl are visiting. The top picture was our view out the dining room window at breakfast the other day. You can barely see our solar array behind the lovely tail feathers. The other picture is also of Peawee and his flock of girls. They are all lovely and standing begging at the back door. I have to confess that I feed them when they come calling.
In response to the comment on the last blog: the afghan was made using block patterns in The Great Cable Afghan published by XRX with Cotanani by Mirasol yarns.
My April UFO is finally complete! The blocks were finished eight years ago and stuck in a bag in the closet. I couldn't face sewing it together and even worse--the 18 feet of border. I put myself on a strict schedule during the month of April and VOILA! It is done!
This is a picture of Bleach (the white gander) and his beloved who have decided to set up their nest on top of the compost (manure) pile. If you look closely at the gray spot to the left of Bleach you can just see her eye. He is guarding her, while she sits on the nest. I can't imagine a worse site, but then I am not a goose. He has been very loyal and sometimes sits on the nest while she gets something to eat and drink. It is very touching.
LG, the Canada goose who has lived with us for 9 years, was very friendly this morning so I petted him and told him how much I like him. He is very friendly and I do like him an awful lot. I turned my back and what do you suppose he did? He turned into a bigger bully than usual. He chased all of the geese off their nests and got into a fight with Bleach. Even though he is smaller than the domestic geese, he usually wins fights. He gets positively reptilian in both sound and looks. After a ruckus, things went back to normal. Bleach is back on the job and LG is picking on somebody else. Was the extra attention a license to bully, or was he just jealous and wanting more?
This tree reminds me of why my favorite color is pink! Could you ask for anything more lovely? There must be hundreds of shades of pink. It is glorious! I could look at it all day and each minute brings more pleasure. No, it is not a cherry tree! It is a peach tree and the orchard next to us is covered with pink peach blossoms so I can really enjoy my pinks and peach blossomsl
However, what I really want to do today is post pictures of the two UFOs (unfinished objects) that I finished in March--a beret and a vest. Not nearly as exciting or beautiful as the tree, but they are complete. See pictures below.
Lovely garments from Louet! The first two pictures are the front and back of a twin set. The others are a sweater and a tank top.
The items go back to Louet next week, but we do have a pattern book which includes instructions for these beautiful items as well as several others. Hurry in before next Tuesday, if you want to see them in person!
I have been remiss in reminding everyone that March is National Quilting Month. The Blennerhassett Museum is hosting a quilt show from March 11-19. There is still time to run down and look at the beautiful quilts. And, in celebration, we have the Sapphire 930 on sale through the end of March. The machine comes with a free extension table (see picture of poster below). The other picture is that of a quilt Mack and I just completed a few days ago. Yes, it is supposed to be a Christmas quilt, although it could as easily be a winter quilt. I like to think we finished it a few months early rather than two months late. And if I catalog it as a winter quilt it was done in time for this cold snap we are having--it was 14 degrees out this morning! A quilt with wool batting would certainly have felt good in our cold bedroom. I don't know which block I like the best--the cardinals in their bright showy red, the chickadees looking serene with their holly berries, or the giant snowflake against the background of what passes for a gray sky!
Two projects pulled out of the drawer and finished in February. The first was all done except the sleeves and collar. Now it is finished. I wore it and loved the feel. It was just right. BUT! It left lint on everything! After two weeks, there is still tan lint on my black pants. Now it is hanging on the wall of the store. The second project is a hat I made a year or so ago. I must admit, I stashed the yarn for the mittens. Now they are done and I can wear the hat and mittens at the same time.
Today I was going to write about my February UFOs--the two projects I promised myself I would finish in February, but we had this incredible storm yesterday and I have chosen to write about it. Yesterday we had thunderstorms all night and into the morning. The rain poured a couple of times--just like the sky had opened up and dropped down buckets of water. We live on the top of a hill and the pictures are of our yard. The water was two or more inches most everywhere and running like a stream. I felt like we lived in a swamp. Of course since we are on a hill the water drained off within minutes once the rain slacked off. It did fill the pond and the outlet was pushing water out so fast it sounded like a waterfall. The ducks and geese were in heaven-the guineas, chickens and alpacas miserable. P.S. I did finish my February projects. I will post them later.
Last week I was speaking to one of our neighbors and she raised the subject of peafowl. She wanted to know if we still had our peafowl. I said "Yes, we have one peahen fastened up in a pen. She has only been out once and we got her back in almost instantly with a fig bar--her favorite food." So, our neighbor continued, those peafowl that were up in my barn aren't yours? No, they belong to the neighbor across the street and she has them penned in. I talked about how much I loved them, even when they roost on the deck, walk around on the roof, or make that peculiarly horrible screech. She shook her head like I was crazy. Yesterday morning when we got up, guess who was in the yard making themselves seen and heard--Peewee and his flock of six hens. They looked in the dining room window, pecked on the sliding glass doors to our sun room and ran around on the deck. Guess what! I still love them! They are so beautiful! Peewee's tail is twice as long as it was last year and he is showing it off. We took some pictures and fed them some corn. And, unless they turn mean or start some other horrible habit, I can't see that my affection for them will change. I passed the test!