Archive for March, 2012

Vet Appointment

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

The girls had a regularly scheduled vet appointment this Thursday. They got their yearly immunizations and dental work. Zi-zi needed her wolf teeth taken out and it was almost past time to get this done with her approaching 3 years old. I read it can get more difficult to extract them as they age, but I also read that sometimes they fall out on their own. One tooth was tiny and the other was quite large. She also had her first tooth float which was very minor. She still has lots of baby teeth to lose (in fact, I have 2 now that the vet took off).

Blondie also had a tooth extracted. She had an upper molar that has been loose since her last float. It was time for it to come out. It’s HUGE. The vet says she will probably lose the molars on either side of it too which makes me sad. She will be 21 this year or is it 22? Horses can be fed a mash that doesn’t have to be chewed if they lose too many teeth.

Sedated and in the process of having her teeth smoothed out:

Vet Appt

All done, but still a bit sedated. Maybe a bit traumatized. For the next couple of days she took a pretty good look before coming into her stall where we did the procedure.

Vet Appt

Top two teeth are molar caps (baby teeth) that were loose enough that the vet took them out. They would have fallen out on their own very soon. Bottom two teeth are both wolf teeth, wildly different in size. These were extracted because they can interfere with the bit.

Vet Appt

Blondie’s molar:

Vet Appt

Vet Appt

It’s been a few days now and both girls are still extra tired, especially Blondie. I’ve been taking them for short walks, but other than that I’m letting them rest and recover.

Vet Appt

St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

And not much green in sight. We’ve had snow falling almost every day this week. It’s a bit much for mid-March in western WA if you ask me.

This morning:

Snow Again

This series is from Wednesday afternoon. We had 5 inches of snow when I got home from work, it was probably 6 inches before it starting melting down.

Snow Again

The horses look so thrilled to have snow again. *sigh*

Snow Again

Huge pile of snow off the barn roof.

Snow Again

Zi: watcha doing momma?

Snow Again

Packing down snow on the barn driveway. The vet came on Thursday morning and I wanted to be sure he could get in and out. More on that later.

Snow Again

Shakespeare in Lace: Roses of Avon

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Finally it’s time to reveal the test knit I finished in January. This is Roses of Avon, the first shipment of the Shakespeare in Lace Club for 2012. It is currently only available to club members, but will be available to anyone in about 3 months.

(Photos are a bit small this time around. They are linked through to my Flickr account though so you can click on them to see the larger version.)

SIL Roses of Avon

SIL Roses of Avon

SIL Roses of Avon

Pattern: Roses of Avon Shawl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Lace in colorways Petals (875 yards) and Rosehips (437 yards).
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm) circulars
Notes: This is such a beautiful shawl for Spring and Summer. I couldn’t believe my luck at how perfectly it complements this skirt that I already had in my wardrobe too.

Let’s talk about the shawl details – it’s knit top down and the pattern is all charted out. The only tricky part is the last 2 charts are patterned on both right and wrong side rows. The bind off is really stretchy. Usually I am careful to keep my bind off a tiny bit loose, with this bind off that wasn’t necessary at all.

My shawl blocked to 73 inches wide by 37 inches tall. I used 65 grams/569 yards of Petals and 32 grams/280 yards of Rosehips.

I can hardly wait to wear it! First though, I’d like the snow to melt off the ground and the weather to be a little bit warmer.

SIL Roses of Avon

SIL Roses of Avon

Kelmscott, 2012 Mystery Sock

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Contrary to what my KnitMeter.com widget said until this morning I HAVE been knitting this year. Case in point, a pair of Kelmscott’s that I finished almost a month ago.

Mystery Socks

Mystery Socks

Pattern: Kelmscott, Mystery Sock 2012 by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops
Yarn: Opal Uni-solid 4 ply, 325 yards used
Needles: 2.5 mm and 2.25 mm Addi Turbo Circular
Notes: Another great mystery sock pattern from Kirsten. This pattern really knits up quickly because you’re always looking for the next row on the chart. A minor note on fit: I went down a needle size for the heel flap. I could have gone down a needle size for the inch right above the heel flap too, I think that would help prevent the sock from getting baggy here.

The last mystery socks I knit are here.