Friday, March 8, 2013

I Are A College Graduate


The sun came out, bright and early. It was still chilly and the wind was sharp blowing the last of the clouds away, but Maisie was Ready To Go Eat Grass so I grabbed my Crazy Creek chair (a must for lamb sitting) and parked it in the last bit of quickly melting snow :-(.  I knit two rows and my fingers were numb.  Time to try to sneak into the Wool House. 


I now have my very own red lantern!  Thanks, Alice :-).  I have it turned on and will leave it on until the last musher finishes the Iditarod.


Maisie did a pretty good job amusing herself for about 30 minutes and then after just a few minutes of trying to figure out how to chew down the door, she parked it on some thyme and took a short cud chewing nap.  

Later in the morning Tim called to tell me the nearby NPR radio station was getting ready to do an hour feature on the Iditarod (the show was On Point).  We don't have a house radio strong enough to pick up the signal, but can usually tune it in vehicle.  There are worse places to sit on a sunny winter day, so I packed up my knitting and headed for the truck.  I moved it down the driveway to take full advantage of the warming sun and Maisie followed me.


Okay, let's back track a bit.  I think it's important for my bottle lambs to do as much stuff "normally" as they can.  In sheep life, momma spends quite a bit of time grazing with her little ones in tow.  I'm happy to provide that service - minus the whole grass eating thing - in the springtime.  

With Maisie being a winter lamb, I've spent many days bundled up as best I can standing out in the yard trying to find shelter in trees, the porch, anything to block the wind.  I've often dreamed if I just had a wind shelter, maybe a big umbrella, portable green house...it would make this all so much easier.

Um, the truck?  That's been sitting there all winter?  Heck, if it got real cold I bet I could even turn on that heater thingy.  

Yeah.

That only took me four months to figure out.


So I set up camp and Maisie and I had a great afternoon.  I was able to stay toasty warm and knit while I watched her, the chickens were everywhere in the yard, the horses napped in the sun, Iris and Weaslie stayed by my side, the cats explored their new "mobile cat condo" (and got into a brief fight in the back seat which was mighty exciting) and with a few more rows this evening, I added 23 more rows to the sweater.


I'm hoping to finish the body tomorrow - my next big check point.  I am LOVING the Iknitarod!

22 comments:

Alice said...

My cheeks hurt from laughing so hard.....

Ummm, Sara, you kinda almost have the idea, but there's a small difference....

In Alaska they do the Iditarod by SLED and they actually GO SOMEWHERE. In Kentucky you go by TRUCK and GO NOWHERE, ( in fact, your own back yard) which is maybe a good thing because if you put the truck in gear, you might roll over the grounded red lantern which is supposed to be hanging (maybe from a porch hook) so all can see it. It's not waterproof ;-)

Michelle said...

Just LOOK at that good-looking sweater!! Wow!

LannieK said...

The fastest - truck knitting - lamb mom on the trail!
Impressive!

majorasue said...

Such progress! Mighty impressive. You'll have that jacket finished in no time at all.

Jean said...

Like Alice, my cheeks hurt from laughing -- but we are laughing with you Sara . . . (after this week at work I needed a good chuckle)

The sweater looks wonderful!

Hope "not-a-chicken" is doing well

Lori Skoog said...

You are such a pro! Beautiful, and so creative with Maisie.

Tyche's Minder said...

hahahahahahaha. I love moments like that.

Renee McCausey said...

Love the pictures! They brought a smile to my face this morning! Especially the cat on your lap, in the truck, on top of your knitting, acting like it was just a usual part of his day;)

Alice said...

And one more difference.....
The animals are supposed to be OUTSIDE pulling the musher along. Your team is INSIDE the truck with Betsy as the lookout and head driver, and Eli and Comby cat fighting in the back with Iris and Weaslie at your side. How you managed to do such beautiful work is amazing!
...still laughing ;-)

Mosaic Magpie said...

Congratulations! I too often find the answer a day late and a dollar short. I can just picture you making plans to build that portable greenhouse or wondering where to find a large beach umbrella. There is nothing better than sitting in a warm car when there is snow on the ground. I have spent many an afternoon in the "Car Rider" lane, knitting away while waiting on my girls. Glad you found that motorized version of a greenhouse and it even has a stereo system!!!!
Deb

Jody said...

Wow your sweater is knitting up fast (at least it seems that way from where I am reading). I love the beautiful natural handspun yarn.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are such a great bottle feeding lamb Momma!! And your sweater is looking awesome! Won't need the truck soon and can wear the sweater to sit and watch Maisie!! Poor Maisie doesn't know that she's almost all grown up!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good thinking there Sara to stay warm in the truck but I think since you weren't going anywhere there is more room on the passenger side to relax and knit .... mush on. Good job on the sweater, can't wait to see it finished.

Mary Ann said...

Laughing my way through this entire post... what a good thing to laugh... little Maisie looks just as happy following the truck along!

small farm girl said...

I'm just shaking my head. lol. Sweater looks really good though!

schoonoverfarm said...

Great progress!

Christine said...

Wow. Let's just mark this up as a teaching moment and move on, shall we? (said with that smirk on her face)

Terry said...

The sweater is looking fabulous!
Your knitting/cat condo/lamb watching-mobile is pretty cool.
I listen to NPR on my computer. Just go to www.npr.org and find your station.

Auntie Reg said...

Knit Knit Knit honor student and mother of Einstein!!!!:-),

Sheepmom said...

What an excellent idea! I love to sit in a warm car. Are you channeling Granny Clampett?? I think you even have a cee-ment pond. The backseat cat fight is too funny. "Don't make me come back there!"
The sweater is awesome. Your progress is really inspiring.

DFW said...

Can't wait to see the finished product.

And, Maisie is still such a sweetheart!

Bandon, Oregon said...

I am so Lovin' these updates... Everyone in the Truck is crackin' me up....lol..lol Beautiful Sweater...

Faith

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