Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Yarn Along - In Preparation For The New Year


The weather this afternoon was lovely.  Not a word you typically see attached to January 1st, but it was.  I sat outside and knit several rows on a new hat.  Which I'm going to need starting tomorrow.


What the heck kinda forecast is that?!?

They say how you spend the first day of the new year is a forecast of the upcoming year.  I did play with Hickory some, did NOT do any house cleaning or grocery shopping (good or bad, depending on if you are me or Saint Tim ;-), visited with Stella for awhile, read a little, knit a bit...and got the song YMCA (stupid dancing spiders - don't ask) stuck in my head.  And then I noticed Rebecca Boone not acting quite right.  

She was easy (yep, she's sick) to catch, halter and lead over to the wall tie to take her temperature.  I'd rather have a 2013 toothache than a stupid ear worm and a sick sheepy.  Rebecca Boone should be fine.  We started her on a round of antibiotics and "aspirin" and I'm sure hoping she won't be quite as easy to catch tomorrow...when the weather swings from 48 and sunny down to 9 and snowy.  It's a miracle we're not all sick!

Back to Ginny's Yarn Along.  The pattern is Brooklyn Tweed's Habitat.  The yarn is some leftover Punkin I've been saving for little special projects like this.  Very fun.  Of all my sheep, his wool is/has been my favorite.  All those years I just gave his wool to the shearers...  Who knew.  Heck, I still need to pinch myself sometimes.  Wait, what?  I raise sheep?  Spin yarn??  Knit hats???

Turns out, I guess I'm a Yarn Farmer!  As soon as I saw the title to this week's book it clicked.  Hopefully I'm not stealing a trademarked job title.  While not on a scale anywhere near Springdelle Farm and Foxfire Fiber, I think our little farm and flock definitely qualify, and being able to say I'm "farming yarn" is much more concise than "we just raise our sheep for fiber, no, no market lambs, just for the wool, yes, yes people do still buy wool these days..."

The book is wonderful!  I am thoroughly enjoying it - the stories, the photographs, the patterns, dyeing tips...  Adventures in Yarn Farming - Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry.  There's a really nice video at the bottom of the book link as well.  Check it out :-).  And for more interesting knitting and book recommendations, check out the links with Ginny's Yarn Along.


http://www.gsheller.com/category/yarn-along



22 comments:

Willow said...

Oh to just be able to say' Of all the wool ~ Pumpkins has been my favorite . ' IS A GOOD START FOR YOUR BOOK :)
Happy New Year to you and your flock .
I look forward to the new adventures here!

Michelle said...

I love the term, "yarn farmer"! I hiked our farm with the dogs today and enjoyed the weather. Not looking forward to the next few days!

small farm girl said...

I always thought of you as a farmer! :-)

Mt Devon Meanderings said...

The snow is just starting here.

I really luv the stitch markers in the picture of the hat you're making. I may have to make some of those. :)

Happy New Year.

Michelle said...

Screwy forecast! We just keep waking up to fog. We might get rain tomorrow, though. I got in a lovely trail ride with a friend at a nearby state park and not much else of use today; I'll take it! ;-)

The Dancing Donkey said...

I hope Rebecca Boone is OK and I would be more than happy to trade forecasts with you:)

Andee said...

Crazy weather! Did you see that thing about the sun flipping it's axis and now we will have crazy weather for a little while? I wasn't sure if it was true, but that forecast looks like evidence. I hope all the sheep stay healthy and I love that you are a yarn farmer. That is a great title.

Alice said...

Lovely photo composition! The start of the knit hat looks so lovely!! You sure do Punkin proud!
Maybe tomorrow the snowman shirt will make sense. :-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Better hurry and finish that hat with that weather forecast in your future. The older I get the less I like the cold and it is only 30 - 60 lately.

Good job on Punkin's yarn, and the hat, love the coffee cup too.

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Lovely way to start the new year, except for the sick sheep :(
Hope things are looking up for her today!

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www.bergamascosbabydollbrigade.com said...

Happy New Year to you and yours. Rebecca Boone will be feeling better today! It's a hat for me once I finish the other sock.

MarmePurl said...

Yarn Farmer. Perfect!
I am adding that to my list of things I want to be went I grow up.

Lori Skoog said...

Yep! The weather is insane! Hope Rebecca Boone is doing well today. With the wind it is -2 here. Cleaned the stalls and put the horses back in the barn...we are getting a LOT of snow. A woman from California found my Journal through you and has been reading it regularly. Said she is going to Rhinebeck this coming year...I'm sure you two will meet.

I need orange said...

Your hat is going to be gorgeous, and how nice that it is Punkin!

With all the shoveling we've been doing, I've been thinking "felted mittens".......

Sending "get well!" thoughts to Rebecca Boone!

Marcy Doane said...

I received Barbara Parry's book for Christmas. Can't wait to start it. Happy New Year....stay warm!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Rebecca Boone is feeling much better this morning :-). Still raining here. Ugh. Have everyone bedded down deep. Not looking forward to minus temps!

Kim said...

Looks like a typical Oklahoma forecast. Hope your sheepy gets well.

Spinners End Farm said...

I'll have to look that book up! I guess lots of us are yarn farmers eh?

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Hat is lovely...knit faster :)
At least it's not 12" of snow, argh! Yarn farmer? I like it but my favourite is really, Shepard.
That has so many wonderful connotations for me. stay warm!

Judy said...

Wow, your weather is going to be all over the place, isn't it? I love the hat and to knit it from yarn from your own sheep-priceless. I live vicariously through people like you as I'd love to have some sheep/alpacas but live in the city. So I love to read about fiber people who are able to have their own sheep. Best wishes on a happy and healthy 2014,
Judy

Cathie J said...

We are having similar screwy weather hear on Long Island, NY. Blizzard last night with single digit (Fahrenheit) temps tonight and tomorrow, then 40s and then back to single digits with another possible snowstorm next week. What a way to start the new year. I love your knit and I think "yarn farmer" is definitely appropriate. Love your blog.

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