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Wow, it’s been awhile. If I blame it on busyness, then it’s just excuses, yet we all know how life can take over- and it has been busy since last I was here.

Had I told you we were moving? We left Madison County and moved to Louisa County in Sept. (still in VA). It has been a great move for the kids- and a fantastic move for the goaties. I did lose some goats this year- Genevieve, Fiyero, and sweet little Floppy. I should have written then, but I just couldn’t. Floppy, who originally wasn’t expected to make it a full year left when he was almost 3. He remained a sweet little happy-go-lucky guy, and he took going downhill and dieing just like he took living- to him it was all good. He didn’t fight it at the end- not to say that he surrendered early- he loved us and loved life- but when it was inevitable he just… went.

kisses from Floppy

kisses from Floppy

 

We had 3 does kid this winter. Elphie’s breeding didn’t take. Cream went first- on Feb. 17 Mephistopheles was born.Baby Mephistopheles

Here he is today…

Mephistopheles at 3 1/2 months

Mephistopheles at 3 1/2 months

 

He has sooooo much sweet silky mohair on him- I can’t wait until his first shearing!

On March 13, pretty Cookies had baby Rae-Ella. She is a fiesty little thing- she was less than a day old when she was climbing all over her mother…

Baby Rae-Ella caught on momma's neck.

Baby Rae-Ella caught on momma’s neck.

Today she is a happy little girl who is hard to catch keeping still!

Rae-Ella in a rare moment of stillness

Rae-Ella in a rare moment of stillness

Last to kid was pretty Rosie. This is her very last breeding, and I so wanted a doe from her. I got my wish, and I couldn’t have asked for a prettier, sweeter little doeling.

little baby Nessie

little baby Nessie

And here she is today…

pretty Nessie

Her mohair is so silky and dense.

We also acquired a few more adults and a bottle baby- will fill you in on them, later.

Oh, and the guy holding newborn Nessie? He’s my husband now.

Now, it’s time for me to go design a sweater for Persimmon Tree Farm- this will also be available with my yarns- it will be a strand of baby boucle mohair and brushed kid mohair held together. Pictures will come, I promise. I will no longer neglect my sweet blog.

 

 

 

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And I don’t mean the color.

Let’s see- I haven’t given you a Steve update in quite awhile. He’s doing great- recovered from his surgery, and beginning chemo. He looks fantastic and he is his usual grumpy, bratty self- yay! The only problem left from the surgery is he is still not supposed to lift anything above 5 or 10 pounds. (I say supposed cuz he just doesn’t listen.) Now. Pat ended up having to have unplanned surgery the day before the goat shearer came- eek. That’s how I ended up snowed in at Kid Hollow during shearing. And then kidding started down there.

All that long paragraph is to give you the reasons why I have Pinkie:

C and Pinkie playing wii

On Monday Pat had a kid born whose mother couldn’t nurse her. Pat’s friend Pinkie was over at the time, and she helped Pat get the baby warmed up, tube fed for the first time, and ready to survive the night. With Pat unable to lift, she asked me if I could foster this baby for a few weeks. So Tuesday the kids and I headed down to pick her up. She’s a champion bottle drinker, and as far as being loved, well…

Awwww

I think she’s going to do just fine. She’s been staying in the house, she has a laundry basket to sleep in:

I can't imagine that position is comfortable

and Jasper is her bestest buddy ever:

Pinkie and Jasper- BFFs

It was beautiful outside today, so she got to spend some time out there. The little babies from last year (I can’t believe they are yearlings now- where does the time go?) sniffed her- they were very sweet and gentle. She got to have a bottle outside, and she and Jasper napped in the sun.

cuteness

It’s fun. And the timing was perfect. I was really missing having kids. I didn’t breed anyone for this spring (even though these are all 5 to 7 acre lots, we have a hoa- apparently it’s more important to pay attention to what other people do on their land than what you do on your own. feh.) So Pinkie will be here for a few weeks for us to love and take care of, and once she is firmly on her feet and Pat is healed enough to handle her, she will go back. We’ll miss her dreadfully, but for now she is quite a ray of sunshine after this winter.

happy

Lot’s of test knitting going on, plus working on a new pattern for Kid Hollow- it will be a scarf/hood thing, 3 versions, each done in a different one of their yarns. Also started making a stack of baby wash cloths from an organic cotton- pictures and details next time.

Also, tomorrow I will be teaching a beginning knitting class. There is a new art gallery in my little town called Mad Arts (Madison is the town). I’ve had finished goods in the shop for a few months and they’ve done really well. She has a wonderful variety of local artisans there- I wish she had a website already so you could see some of the beautiful jewelry, paintings, pottery, and photography. Hopefully she’ll have a facebook page soon. Anyway, she’s starting to offer classes, so I’ll have a beginning knitting class this weekend, next will be a purl class, then we might do something like hats or legwarmers to introduce knitting in the round, with socks following that. I will also be giving spinning demos on the days I’m there. I’m really excited about this- it’s a great outlet for artists who may not have any other way of getting their products out there. (I’m nervous about the class, but it’ll be fine)

I think that’s about it for news- I’m sure I’ve forgotten something. Well, it’ll keep ’til next time. You all have a great weekend!

Yes, there is a goat under there

That’s Baby Evan. He wants a haircut yesterday!

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I think the time has come for me to own up to the fact that I’m as scattered as they come. If I could somehow pull it all together, maybe I’d spend less time looking for the stuff I need to do, and more time doing it. Also, my couch/office was starting to overflow. So, I took everything off of there, and started a bit of sorting- nothing major, just 2 shopping bags and the stuff that I felt needed to go back on there.

office renovations

office renovations

The thought being, I would sit and work on the left, a few projects could hang out in the middle, and some books and stuff that I use all the time could share space with a cat or 2 on the left. Sofar, it hasn’t worked. Sigh. Will try again this weekend.

I also thought, if I could fill a calendar with what I need to do, and write down important to do’s, I could keep my projects moving along. Enter: the white board calendar:

in hopes of keeping it all in order

in hopes of keeping it all in order

I think the idea here will be to assign projects different days to work on (sweater 1, Mondays and Wednesdays; sock 3 has Mondays and Thursdays; baby hats on Tuesdays, carding on Fridays, etc) and I can order them based on when they’re due. And finally, to keep stuff I need to do on the computer in order:

whimsical organization

whimsical organization

Here, I will keep lists like: email so and so about fleece, pay bills, invoice this person, email thank you’s, etc. I told the kids if any of my pens disappeared they would be beyond in trouble- that this was all mommy’s work stuff. So, some fun drawings have popped up- and that’s ok as long as nothing of mine gets erased. So, here’s hoping…

How do you guys do it? Please tell me your organizational and productive tips.

Thank you all for linking back to the AIDS Walk on your blogs- you guys are so supportive, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. It’s getting closer…

There’s been a bit of sadness this week. Tuesday one of our little hamsters, Comet, died. She wasn’t very old (not quite a year). Also, my very old cat, Squeak, was just getting older- and starting to fail. On Thursday morning my neighbor who is a small animal vet came over, and while I held her in the sunshine, we put her to sleep. It’s always a hard decision to make, even when you know its right. I do have to tell you this- being able to do it here instead of putting her through the stress of a car ride and vet visit was priceless- I’m very grateful to my neighbor for saving her that stress. So now, no ancient cat is stumbling across my keyboard making odd words, no ancient cat is missing the litter box. She’s not wanting to go in and out 50 times a day just to watch me open the door. I don’t care- I miss her. Safe journeys, Comet and Squeaky-Black-Bear.

I bet you’d like to see some goaties. As always, you’ve come to the right place.

She's all legs and ears

She's all legs and ears

There is Baby Enigma- her legs and ears are growing quickly.  It doesn’t matter how many pictures I take of her, I usually only get about 2 that aren’t blurred from her constant motion. She has springs in her hooves. She does love to sit in your lap and be petted- she’s a little puppy-goat.

I bet this watch tastes good!

I bet this watch tastes good!

And here are Evan and Renesmee doing what they do best- being cute! (and growing mohair- would you look at it all!)

Renesmee and Evan

Renesmee and Evan

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Thanks for the donations for the AIDS Walk, and for all the virtual hugs. I need to figure out how to get the donation page onto Facebook (they say its easy, but I don’t do computery stuff very well). I may try to pull together some type of raffle near the end so I’ll gather everyone’s names for chances, then. Sweet Ducky offered up her place to stay at as a halfway point if I were driving (thanks!!). Buu-uut. I’m taking the train. Yup, that’s 12 hours of uninterrupted knitting time each way. (well, each way has a 2 hour stopover, but still).

I’ll probably pack along a few hundred projects in my lovely new bag from Carol. Look at this fabric:

Best fabric ever!

Best fabric ever!

She has better pictures of the bag, and you’ve all gone and looked, but I’ll get you some of it in use later. She put 2 dividers in there, so I have 3 nice compartments, and she put a nifty magnetic clasp in there that I will play with endlessly (so easily amused).

I have promised you MD stash enhancement, and its time. So, lets do this short and sweet:

Forest Floor mohair boucle

Forest Floor mohair boucle

The dyemistress of this lovely is Leslie of Tintagel Farm- I don’t think she has a website. I’ll be seeing her in June at the goat show, so I’ll see what I can find out.  I’m thinking some kind of shawl, w/ a single button. (got the perfect one- see further down).

it's pink

it's pink

Pink cotton/rayon boucle- probably be a shawl or something. It hasn’t told me yet (yes, yarn speaks to me- doesn’t it speak to you?) Dyed by Pucker Brush Farm. No website info on the label, but they are also at Rhinebeck.

Lace weight wool boucle

Lace weight wool boucle

Also by Pucker Brush. Its darker than the photo shows- very autumnal.

rayon boucle

rayon boucle

Also by Pucker Brush, this happy green rayon boucle. (see what happens when your booth is directly across from someone?). This one has already start becoming:

spring scarf

spring scarf

Just a light, little, decorative scarf.

Kid Hollow Sock Flat

Kid Hollow Sock Flat

Kid Hollow is now doing sock flats. And this pretty one is going to become a new pattern- I’m hoping to have it done by the June show.

buttons!

buttons!

Assorted buttons for kids’ sweaters. Check these out:

Nut Buttons

Nut Buttons

These buttons are made from some kind of nuts. (and the darker green one- it belongs to the mohair earlier) All these came from Melissa Jean Handknit Design.

Ok, I think that’s it for show and tell. I also restocked the smaller sizes of addis- (2, 3, and 4’s) cuz for some reason everytime I need them, they’re always in some other project…

You haven’t seen Chance in awhile- he’s something like 7 weeks old now, is completely off the milk replacer and eating kitty food like a big boy.

I will conquer this tape measure!

I will conquer this tape measure!

The tape measures don’t stand a chance… (oh, that’s a bad pun)

I bet you’d like to see Little Miss Enigma.

Baby Enigma

Baby Enigma

oh so sleepy

oh so sleepy

I’ll be vending at the Sedalia Spring Fiber Festival this weekend, and 5% of all my proceeds will be going towards the AIDS Walk. Thank you again for all your encouragement and support- you guys are the best!

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It feels like its been raining for a month. It did rain all through the festival, and I think the first day we saw any sun or blue sky was yesterday, and I believe you could see the steam rising off of my poor goaties. Today was really nice, which made errand running even harder (I hate being gone when I could be here working or with the goaties. Unless its yarn, I hate shopping- the only way to make it tolerable is to do it with a friend or my Mom or sister- then I don’t feel like its a complete waste of time). Ok, so where was I going with this? I still don’t feel settled from MD- its been a crazy week. Choir concerts at school, one day I took a bunch of different mohair products in to the preschool and told them all about the goats, errand running today, this weekend dog sitting for a friend, homeowner’s assoc meeting tomorrow (I can think of about 5 bzillion things I’d rather do, not limited to root canals and migraines and cramps). Whew.

Suffice it to say, no MD stash enhancement pix until the sun shines again- probably Sunday.

Here is a very, very wonderful thing. My birthday is next Thursday, but Carol was on the ball, and made me something wonderful and has already posted about it- she was excited- and deserves to be- go check it out. Can you believe she found goatie fabric????

the cutest fabric ever

the cutest fabric ever

So anyway- you guys have about 6 days to top that. I’m kidding- that’s just silly. Besides, it just can’t be topped!

(when I show the stash enhancement, I will also show you the necklace I got from Amy, plus the wonderful box/bag w/ psycho bunny fabric).

Ok, today’s goatie pictures- it was the first day in ages I could have evening wine outside with the goaties.

Chance rides Sirius

Chance rides Sirius

My daughter decided it would be a good idea for Chancey to take a ride on Sirius Black. The kitten is growing, and being all kittenish. I have the holes in my hands and feet to prove it. I just love Sirius’ eyes- so pretty. While I was watching the baby goats for Pat & Steve at MD, some guy was saying that goats just creep him out- their eyes are weird and they are minions of the devil. Apparently many people think that about goats. I just don’t even know what to say to that. Pat said she was listening to a book on cassette and it was saying the legend of goats being… satanic? comes from not only the hooves, but the fact that goats, like snakes, are the only animals that will hold your gaze without averting their eyes. Hmm. Anyway- if nuts want to believe goats are satanic, I guess everyone has to have something to believe… Sorry, that ended up going way off topic. Back on topic- Sirius has beautiful brown eyes.

Who is next?

Fluff shared his wine with me

Fluff shared his wine with me

Generous of him, isn’t it?

Jonesy

Jonesy

Sweet Little Renesmee

Sweet Little Renesmee

Cute Little Evan

Cute Little Evan

Baby Enigma

Baby Enigma

I took about 50 pictures of Little Miss Enigma, but she is a goatie in motion, and all but this one were blurry. She was hopping about on the stoop with me- what a wonderful sound her little hooves make. She’s growing, and her mother, Elphie, continues to be an excellent mother- it amazes me how these goats know just what to do.

Have a great weekend! Next time I will do the MD stash enhancement, plus I need to tell you all about the Boston AIDS Walk- I’ll be going up there and Miss Mad for Knit will walk with me and offer much moral support. I will be walking in honor of my brother and his partner. Here is the link to my donation page– if you can help, it will mean more to me than I could ever express.

Ok, guess I did tell you all about it. Well, there will be more. Anyway- Renesmee is wishing everyone a nice weekend, too.

I could reach that spot if my horns were just a bit longer...

I could reach that spot if my horns were just a bit longer...

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Hi Baby Enigma

Hi Baby Enigma

Elphie had her kid today- a little doe that I named Enigma- we’re going to call her Nikki. Maybe. I like Enigma. But back when Rosie and Genevieve were due, Carol had thought that since CJ was named for her, I should name a goat baby for Veronik– maybe call her Nikki. And yes, she does deserve a goatie named for her, but I had names all picked out. Then for Elphie, Enigma just stuck- but we still got Nikki. Anyway- in the midst of all this, there was a problem at the farm I farm sit. They had a ewe in labor not making progress. I had the vet coming out there, and I went back to watch the ewe and meet her. Long story short- I delivered a little ram, and when the vet got there, she went fishing and delivered a little ewe. When I went back at dinner time, both were nursing just fine and all was well. Whew.

Back tracking a bit- here’s a picture that should require a cuteness license to post- everyone get ready to say “awwww.” You ready? Ok, here we go:

Who'd have thought

Who'd have thought

That’s what I woke up to yesterday. Pretty sweet, huh?

Ok, now back to the goaties. I weighed Enigma tonight and she is 8.82 lbs. Wow. No wonder she looks so sturdy and healthy. For the rest of this post, just pics.

Beautiful Momma

Beautiful Momma

Elphie is an excellent Momma, especially for the first time. She has her all cleaned off, and nursing- she’s already pooped twice and peed once that I’ve seen.

Pretty Elphie and her little one

Pretty Elphie and her little one

Did I tell you yet that she has a few black spots on her? I’ll get shots of those in the next few days.

Out of hiding

Out of hiding

Since it was so hot today, I didn’t put them in a kidding pen right away. So Elphie would put little Nikki in this igloo, then stand there watching over her (its so beautiful seeing how these does take care of their babies- angoras are excellent mothers). This evening though, I wanted to put them in a pen for overnight, so I had to take her out of her igloo to put her in her pen.

So very cute

So very cute

Just look at that face!

Just look at that face!

Thought all was well, but I have a new worry tonight. It looks like little Renesmee got her first taste of Mt. Laurel tonight. (when I get the bigger fence up I’m going to thoroughly destroy that crap. It’s beautiful, but too bad) So she’s throwing up. She should be fine by morning. It helps that’s she’s still nursing, and Rosie is such a fantastic mom, she will watch out for her (though I will be out there several more times).

Whew.

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Carol asked, “What?  No sunhats for the goats???” So guess what we have?

Elphie looks pretty in lavender

Elphie looks pretty in lavender

Goats in sunhats!Yesterday I sent my daughter down to the field with my camera and one of the sunhats that will go in my shop. I love giving her assignments.

Does this hat give me a big head?

Does this hat give me a big head?

Evan just looks irresistable no matter what, doesn’t he?

Ok, I’ve promised you a stash enhancement. This installment all comes from Black Bunny Fibers. First we have a lovely merino/silk lace weight in beautiful spring greens:

Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter

I got 2 more cormo/corriedale cross rovings- since I love the way Mud Puddle is spinning up.

Mud Puddle cormo/corriedale

Mud Puddle cormo/corriedale

First there is this lovely combination:

Paisley in a tree

Paisley in a tree

Paisley- reds, deep purples, maroons, and blues. The other of this blend is:

Happy Blues on a see-saw

Happy Blues on a see-saw

Mountain Pool (see, she knew I would have to get this one, so she named it for where I live). Gorgeous shades of blues, lavenders, and purple.

I also got a merino/bamboo roving in soft shades of sage, lavenders, soft blues, and a hint of cream:

Yorkshire Moors Meriboo on the sit 'n' spin

Yorkshire Moors Meriboo on the sit 'n' spin

Oh- what to put on the wheel when I get one free????? Dilemmas…

I also got a sock flat, and it is my very favorite sock flat that I have ever seen- I know she dyed this for me- as a matter of fact she was emailing me to tell me I would like this, when the email came in telling her I had bought it.

Sock Flat on a swing

Sock Flat on a swing

It’s named “Pasteltopia: and it is just that. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this- if it becomes socks, really, only all that will be seen is the bit around the ankle- that’s not right. I could get clear shoes, then do one cuff down and the other toe up so all colors could be seen. I could do a scarf- grafting the middle together so each side is equal. Or, I could just frame it and hang it on my bedroom wall- these colors make me that happy.

(note on photos- my daughter was in her “swingset” mood”)

My sister called me yesterday to tell me Little Miss Pink was running around in nothing but her diaper and her hat. Woohoo.  You know- that has just guarenteed that that child will have hand knits from Auntie Min for the rest of her life.

Today I mailed one test knit out, and will start the next tonight or tomorrow.  I wonder if there is a way that I could make test-knitting my job? Hmmmm.

I have a CJ shot for you from Easter morning- here she was in the middle of it all when we came downstairs:

I could have sworn they said Easter Kitty...

I could have sworn they said Easter Kitty...

I bet I know what you would like to see.

3 week old Chance

3 week old Chance

He is so almost asleep in C’s lap, with a little bit of kitty formula still on his mouth. We will get more shots, I promise.

Now to find the parting goatie shot…

Pikachu eating sweet potatoes

Pikachu eating sweet potatoes

Oops, where did that hamster come from?

Evan shows the proper way to be cute

Evan shows the proper way to be cute

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