Archive for July, 2012

WIP Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Oops! I did have a WIP update for today and here the day is almost over. It’s the Barton Cottage Shrug again:

Barton Cottage Shrug, Edging

Barton Cottage Shrug, Edging

The edging along the bottom of the shrug is done. The first sleeve/edging will be finished tonight. That leaves the other sleeve/edging and then the casing to gather the neckline. Woohoo! I love this edging too. Is it a bit fiddly to work? Yes, but the way it joins to the body creates such a nice definition.

A Day in the Life

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Sometimes taking care of horses feels a whole lot more like work than fun…

Before work: feed horses, discover and dispose of dead wild rabbit. Thankfully the dead rabbit situation is extremely rare.

At lunch: pickup 11 bales of hay for $200. Thankfully this hay plus the few bales I still had will last a couple months. Contemplate whether I will be able to unload and stack 110 pound bales of hay by myself.

Toby vs the hay

After work: let horses out to eat on the lawn. Unload hay. Clean up hay mess. Dispose of decomposing mouse (right after I was just telling coworkers that I had only caught one mouse in the barn). Pick up manure. This one happens at least every couple of days. Two horses nearly fill a wheelbarrow everyday in poo. Feed horses so they can produce more poo.

Toby vs the poo

Finally time to fix my own dinner and then sit down to knit!

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

These last 3 photos are from 4th of July. The girls adjusted to the noisemakers well (including multiple cannons in our neighborhood), but they hated the sparkles overhead. We stayed outside with them for an hour and a half, waiting for 2 neighbors to run out of fireworks. At 10 pm Blondie was done trying to get away from them. She parked in one spot and didn’t move. Zi still wanted to run around so I haltered her and put a stop to that. She was fine at that point.

And, with that said….it’s been ONE YEAR since they came home and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Molly Brown Socks

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I had the pleasure of test knitting a new pattern release by Anne Podlesak. These are her Molly Brown socks, inspired by the ironwork designs found in the Titanic’s grand staircase. The pattern was really fun to knit as it really keeps your interest with all the twisted stitches and cable crossings. I also got to use Anne’s luxurious Aerten Sock yarn. It’ll be hard to go back to a work horse sock yarn after the feel of Aerten with 10% cashmere content.

Molly Brown Socks

Molly Brown Socks

Molly Brown Socks

Pattern: Molly Brown Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten Sock in colorway pewter.
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars
Notes: The cable crossings are quick to execute if you learn how to cable without a cable needle. Don’t know how? Check out Kristi Schueler’s fantastic tutorial on how to do both right and left cable crossings without a cable needle.

I tend to knit socks at super tight gauge, hence the reason I went up a needle size to get gauge in this pattern. Sock is very stretchy around.

Molly Brown Socks

Play Day Horse Show, June 30th

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I guess you all can see what I’ve been up to since this is my third post in a row about taking my horses somewhere. This weekend was our 2nd play day horse show that I hauled myself and the horses to. Just as I knew it would be, it was much easier than the first time. I’m getting more comfortable hauling the trailer, pretty darn good at backing it up, and the horses are loading, unloading, and hauling very quietly.

Both girls were much calmer at the show. Blondie only called to Zi a couple of times. Of course, I still had to keep her within sight of Zi, but her behavior was a huge improvement over last time. Zi still had some airs above the ground. I lunged her in the main arena (totally amped up) and then lunged her in the warm up arena where I got very good behavior. During the lunch break Paul took Blondie and I led Zi and we walked a couple loops of the main arena. This was really good for Zi so she could have a calm, confidence building few minutes in that arena.

And that was it. I didn’t do any classes. All I needed was behavior improvement and that was enough for me. We had intermittent rain shows most of the day so I packed it up and headed home early afternoon.

Horse Show

Horse Show

Horse Show