Friday, March 1, 2013

A Good Omen

The day started fairly early.  Well, early for me by the time I got the barn chores done, grabbed an extra cup of coffee, got Maisie settled out in the yard...  I finished spinning the last few ounces I didn't get finished last night and then wound those three bobbins into center pull balls so I could try to match up thin skeins with thick skeins, early spinning with later spinning, hoping for a fairly consistent plied yarn.

And, uh oh, derailed.  She found the strawberry beds.  Not that long ago I could hold her in one hand.  Seriously.  She was asleep and I balanced her curled up sleeping body in one hand.  Not today.  She wasn't taking kindly to "Maisie, please walk away from the strawberries." so I had to pick her up and carry her away.  I could barely pick her up and she was Not Happy being told what to do.  She ended up in prison.

"I hate this place.  That lady can't really be my mom.  My mom would let me eat strawberries.  I wish that stupid Border Collie would let me out of here..."

Meanwhile, back inside...42 ounces ready to ply.  And it took me longer than I'd hoped.  Of course.  Sigh.  But, as the clouds (formally known as the sun) set, something magical happened.

IT STARTED TO SNOW!!!  (A good omen, eh?)

I practically flew through the last few skeins.  Well, mostly because Saint Tim helped keep the balls of singles organized and free of tangles after he helped me do the evening chores, and brought home a pizza, and some beer, and some chocolate ;-).  He's the best :-).

A little over 1800 yards of yarn washed and drying and ready for the start of the Iknitarod tomorrow!

I'm excited...and at this point, sorta hopeful.  And if there was ever a sheep who'd have been all about a challenge like this, it would have been Marcel.  He was a fearless go getter!  Woolliam (20% of the fiber blend), on the other hand, would probably find this mostly just inconvenient to his napping/eating schedule. 

And that's why we'll call this the Marcel sweater ;-).


Tombstone Livestock said...

That's a lot of yarn from one sheep. You go girl, good luck with the Iknitarod ....... and Good job helping there St. Tim. Now if Maisie will just stay out of the Strawberry patch so you can concentrate on knitting.

Dreaming said...

I can't wait to see what comes out of the Iknitard. Also, Maisie is amazing!yiu are indeed a very mean Momma!

Lori Skoog said...

Man, I don't understand your spinning talk. Glad you do, and can't wait to see the Marcel Sweater. Isn't it great that you can hardly pick up Maisie? What an improvement. As for Saint Tim...he sure is lookin' out for you. Kudos.

Spinners End Farm said...

Good on ya Tim! That is going
to be such a beautiful sweater Miss!

Andee said...

Woo Hoo! Great job setting your yarn ready! That is some impressive yardage.

LannieK said...

How impressive! The spinning and the assistance. Official start is less than five hours ~ Tim will be a great assistant musher/knitter... he does know how to keep Maisie under control... !?! Save those strawberries!
Have a great weekend knitting! Mush-on!

Paula said...

Sounds like a perfect day... well, except for Maisie being in jail... :)

Shirley said...

Like the Iditarod, it's a team effort! Your Tim is the best- I can see a guy bringing home pizza and beer, but he gets high marks for bringing home chocolate too.
Tell me again why you are so excited to have snow.... this is March, you should be dreaming about blossoms on your strawberries... errr, that does not mean Blossom on your strawberries!

Alice said...

I think this challenge is a great way to bring closure to some of the devastation of last year. What a great way to employ emotions to a useful purpose. St Tim is just the best helpmate. Im sure Maisie figured if you could eat chocolate, she could have strawberry plants. Nice to see #20 there for moral support.
From all of us bystanders "Good luck and MUSH!"

Far Side of Fifty said...

I suppose ready set knit has already been shouted! What an gem Saint Tim is..and helpful too!
Maisie likes strawberries..who knew:)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

We lived in Alaska for 10 years, and this is the first year I've forgotten about the Iditarod--The Iknitarod sounds like fun too--So GOOD LUCK with your project that I've no doubt will be done before they award the red lantern--That is, if Maisie can behave herself! :-)

Suzan said...

Beautiful yarn! This is the natural color - right? You haven't dyed it!! Is the wool soft? It's such a perfect color!
AND - you did bring in Maisie from the snow?

Terry said...

Holy moley, I can't believe how much you got done! You rock. And Tim really is Saint Tim.

twinsetellen said...

A good omen, indeed! I'm glad the Iknitarod took me to your blog.


Blog Widget by LinkWithin