Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yarn Along - The Mystery(s)

I would say "It's still Wednesday somewhere!", but geography ain't my strong suit and probably it's actually already Friday there... ;-)

I really don't have time to be knitting anything right now, as anyone who's ordered a t-shirt can tell you as it's not showing up in their mailbox.  However, as anyone who's ever raised a bottle lamb or lambs in general can tell you...it's always something.  

Poor Liddy started acting punky the other day.  I knew something was wrong, but couldn't figure out what it was.  No temp, but she wasn't running and playing like she normally does and just looked like a lambie who didn't feel well.  I gave her a little banamine (like aspirin) and put her to bed, but by early morning she had a fever and was coughing, so the vet and I assumed she had a summer cold and started some antibiotics.

This morning, after I sat her back up from her morning shot (when I'm by myself, I sit her on her butt like she's being sheared), my hand came away with blood on it.  Not from the injection site, but from her lower right hip.  Huh???  Upon closer examination, she had a nasty abscess that had just burst. Back to the vet!

Of course, being sweet little Liddy, she hopped herself into the car, jumped up on the back seat and settled in for the ride over.  She hopped out, tootled into the vet's office, sat on my lap as we waited to be seen and charmed everyone in the waiting room.  

They said it looked like a fence nail prick.  I know my kitchen's a bit treacherous, but... We'll probably never know.  Hopefully now though she's finally really on the mend and will be feeling better very soon.  In the meantime, while she was needing extra momma time, I got to knit the entire first clue from the Hole and Sons Isle of Purbeck Mystery Knit-a-long.


Look at the lamb in the picture on far right!


I ended up choosing some Jacob yarn I'd spun during the Tour de Fleece last year.  This would have been a top choice from the beginning, but I didn't have enough yardage.  I finally decided that in the grand scheme of things I'd probably take forever to get through even that much yarn (if at all!) and if I did, I'd just spin some more, maybe a darker gray.  If I'd actually had enough yardage, I can tell you that I'd still be on row 8, not 58.  



The medium gray is some early Jester and the almost white is some very early, maybe lamb shearing, of Beanie Baby.  I love the little hint of gray mixed in. We'll see if I keep cooking along, but the pattern is fun and pretty and I'm excited about working on it.  And, stopping for a few minutes to knit some lace is a good exercise in focus...that I'm sorely lacking right now.


Isn't this pretty?  And those petunias?  They are all volunteers from last year!  I've never had so many seedlings come back up.  

Speaking of so many of something, if you live in an area with fireflies, chime in if you are seeing way more than normal this spring!  And if you haven't noticed, go outside tonight and find a grassy field.  I've stood outside for the last three nights and just been amazed at the thousands flying over the front field.  It's the most I can ever remember and I've enjoyed them tremendously. Don't miss it!  


And just to make this as random and scattered of a post as possible, here is a close up of my brand new knitting needle.  I loved knitting with the Addi Natura needles I used for the Maisie sweater and treated myself.  The yarn started catching on the end...and I noticed a "perfect" little chomp mark.  As long as she's feeling better... ;-).

For my book this week, I'm listening to Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island and he actually mentions the Isle of Purbeck!  As are any of his books, hilarious :-).

Joining Ginny...



24 comments:

  1. Stunning yarn, and great progress!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Maybe she has a splint in her lip, too! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Shut your mouth! That's all I need - haha :-o.

      Delete
  3. That is a beautiful shawl pattern! Hope Liddy is doing much better by morning :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Perfect yarn choice! And I hope the Little Liddy Lamb is feeling better soon. Poor lambie. I've always felt that kitchens were dangerous places which is why I stay out of them as much as possible.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post.
    I can almost see the fireflies at your place...
    Must be mesmerizing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, did you ever make great progress today! That's going to be really pretty! Poor Liddy, but nobody gets through childhood without a hurt or ill of some kind. These are fixable - yay! She'll be "helping" you with everything by tomorrow.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful yarn, glad Liddy is on the mend.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love scattered blog posts! :-)
    Love the yarn your using.
    Sending Liddy lots of hugs and cuddles from just over the big pond.
    Love, Ineke

    ReplyDelete
  9. Is Liddy getting extra lap time to encourage the mend? Bless her little lambie heart!!
    LOVE your yarn. I'm using Wensleydale/CVM/Romney/BFL I spun from Maybelline's fleece from Dianne.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The fireflies are crazy this year! I can't resist standing on the porch at night watching the field glitter and sparkle.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good girl Liddy! Think she'll hang out with her Mom forever?

    AND I have such a crush on Ben Hole!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Shhhh! Me too! A good looking guy holding a cute lambie that looks like Liddy? ;-D

      Delete
  12. So glad that you discovered what was wrong with Liddy!!
    Poor Baby and poor you!!
    Lovely yarn!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I hope Liddy is back to full bounce this morning but will still want her daily quota of hugs. Your shawl is just beautiful. I will go out tonight to check on the fireflies here in CT. Have a lovely day.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Fireflies haven't made it this far north (or into the city yet), but I'm on the look out. Hope Liddy is well and truly on the mend now (and is NOT following in Maisie's footsteps!). Your yarn is gorgeous! No time to knit or spin here either, so I'm just drooling over yours.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love fireflies...I wish we had them here!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

    ReplyDelete
  16. Liddy.........she HAD to go and do something didn't she ?? Not from your kitchen........really! what a great piece of knitting, I missed out on that 'Hole' thing. And it would appear I missed a notice saying T shirts were ready to be ordered...I would like a medium please. I'll send you an email.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Glad to hear Liddy is feeling better. Also glad to read that fireflies still exist! When we left northern VA 10 years ago, they were only a memory, and I have never seen one in Savannah GA. IMHO, fireflies are an essential summertime element. There is nothing like camping out in a dark field and seeing the display of fireflies rivalling the starry night sky.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh my! Leave your blog for 24 hrs and look what happened?!? Your astute observations are what solved the Liddy Mystery Behavior. Looks like your mystery knit will be more fun than clues to a lambie infection

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh, poor sweet LIddy . . . I'm glad she's feeling better now. I can just picture her at the vet's office! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful yarn and project! Your photos are always so incredibly inspiring. Glad to hear Liddy is alright - how lucky is she to have a great Mom like you ;)

    ReplyDelete

I love to read your comments! Thank you for sharing :-).

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin