Archive for December, 2012

Snow, December 15-22, 2012

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The snow started falling on Saturday, December 15th when we got 3 inches. Sunday it snowed like crazy; at the end of the day we had 7 inches. Monday or Tuesday (I don’t recall which) we added a fresh 1.5 inches. Then Wednesday – what a day – after snowing all morning, raining around lunch time, and then snowing all afternoon into early evening we had 17 inches. That’s 2 inches taller than my winter muck boots.

A week later and it’s finally starting to melt. This morning is the first time I’ve seen mud in the pasture and I see that a significant amount has melted off the patio table. It’s going to be a mess as it melts away, but I still want it gone.

Zi makes the most of it:

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I call this one, “where’s the hose again?”. The snow must be 3 feet deep here where it has slid off the barn roof. I’ll be lucky to unearth this hose by the end of January.

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Not sure how I managed to not get mowed down in this one!

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Nevermind, I don’t need to walk through this doorway anyway. Must remember this for the next barn we build – put a dormer over every doorway to direct the snow AWAY.

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Thank goodness for heated water troughs!

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I had a good time with this series. Blondie had an itch and wanted to roll. Zi’s blasting around in the background, just waiting for her moment to go after Blondie.

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Finally starting to melt, but still about 12 inches deep in this photo.

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Flower Table Runner

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Wow was this one a long time in the making. After I finished all of the knitting I needed to do before Christmas I looked around and noticed this table runner, languishing in my craft room. It really had next to nothing left to do on it as only some finish work was left. Now it’s done and will be gifted at Christmas.

Floral Table Runner

Floral Table Runner

Pattern: Belle France Table Runner by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, published in Fons and Porter’s For the Love of Quilting, March/April 2001.
Fabric: I honestly have no idea anymore and I don’t have any selvedge to refer to.
Notes: This was such a gimme to finish that it’s motivated me to see what other quilting projects I have that need to be finished up. I have a second table runner in this pattern, but with dark pink flowers that needs to be finished too.

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Friday, December 7th, 2012

It seems like forever ago that I knit these socks and now I can share them with you. These are the Two-Horse Hitch Socks from Anne Podlesak’s new pattern collection Fall in Vermont. I love the classic, geometric lines of these.

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Pattern: Two-Horse Hitch Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Rhiannon in colorway Bittersweet.
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Notes: The unisex pattern includes 2 sizes so they can easily be made for a man or woman. My test knit socks were knit using the larger circumference sock numbers to fit a woman’s wide foot, size 7.5. I used 353 yards.

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Rainy Season

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

As much as I want to reminisce about our cruise and the gorgeous weather it’s time to face reality. A rainy reality that is slapping me in the face. Slogging around in the rain and mud, heaving sopping piles of poo into the wheelbarrow. Ugh.

Our nearest weather station was above 14 inches of rain for the month of November. December will be more of the same.

My cuddly horse – she doesn’t mind self portraits at all.

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Then there’s Blondie. She wants to know why Zi is eager to be close to me, but getting a self portrait with her takes work as she really doesn’t like to be loved on (unless it’s by R). Here she’s giving me a dirty look since I’ve prevented her from taking her face away from me.