Archive for October, 2011

Horses in October

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We’ve been preparing for the darkness and rain of Winter. The tractor has been a huge help. Gravel got delivered for around the barn, Blondie’s stall floor got re-done and mats cut to fit, some slopes around the house and barn got re-cut to better direct the rain away from the buildings, and part of the pasture got re-seeded. There’s always more to do around a horse property though.

The horses are preparing for Winter too with thicker coats. Blondie’s is already pretty thick, but Zi’s lagging behind. She is losing more hair now though which is a sign that Winter hair is pushing the Summer hair out.

Horses

Horses

Horses

Horses

Horses

Knitting Content, Kind Of

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I actually have been knitting the last couple of months. I’ve been working on a ~1250 yard test knit and it’s finally finished. But I can’t show it to you until December. It felt really good to get it on the blocking board over the weekend.

In the meantime, I am so ready to start something new! Something smaller for sure. 🙂

Isn’t this pretty? This is Hecate, designed by Kirsten Kapur for Wooly Wonka’s Shakespeare in Lace Accessory Club. The pattern is exclusive to the club for a few months and then you should be able to get it from Kirsten.

Knitting

I also had to have this pattern book from Fyberspates, “The Scrumptious Collection, Volume 1.” You can see all the patterns at the Ravelry link.

Knitting

This is Tirrold, a vest that I love. It could totally dress up my wardrobe. The hat is Arncott and it has some lovely details. It looks like it would be fun to knit.

Knitting

Burdrop is the lacey cape and Hethe is the cardigan. I adore the details in the cardie and this is the pattern that really captured my attention when I first saw the book.

Knitting

I got mine at Knitcellaneous. They are the US distributor for Fyberspates.

Now if I could just decide what I want to cast on (from the book or otherwise)!

Shiny Red Tractor

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

This really hasn’t sunk in yet, but yesterday R sealed the deal and brought home a shiny, new tractor. I can’t even fathom yet how this is going to change how we do chores.

I think R is saying, “hey baby look what I got you!”. Just kidding, he was just pulling up his sleeve. He’s been talking about getting a tractor for months.

Tractor

Tractor

Wow that’s a lot of levers! I have driven it already, but I have made no attempt to use the bucket yet.

Tractor

Tractor

Our first implement – a rototiller. We bought a rock rake too, but we have to go pick it up. The key is to get implements that the neighbors don’t have, then we can share.

Tractor

For those that know about these things and would ask: it’s a Jinma, 28 horse, runs on diesel. Me? I know it’s a tractor, it’s red, and I can usually identify the implements.

The Barn

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Oops! I did not mean to go a month without a blog update. Here are a few things we’ve been up to…

We got 3 tons of timothy hay. That was the easy part since we had it delivered and stacked in the barn. The 3 strand bales weigh 115-120 pounds a piece.

Barn

We organized the tack room. There’s a lot more to do here to spiff it up, but this will do for now. And this is more room than I’ve ever had for just my stuff so it could be a while before the mood strikes to take it to the next level.

Barn

We poured concrete outside both barn doors. This concrete pad will have a hitching post at one end.

Barn

Concrete here too. Now we need a load of gravel.

Barn

Finally, we modified the wall between the stalls. When it rains Blondie would stand in one stall and Zi would stand outside the stall door. Hopefully, now that they can see each other they’ll both stand inside.

Barn