Friday, February 23, 2018


So this "memory" just showed up on my phone (?!?).  I don't know how these happen (and probably don't want to know :-o), but this is so cute I couldn't resist sharing.  It's from the afternoon I sat out in the field knitting on the Baaxter sweater.  The clip of Kate in the middle...just keeping it classy here at Equinox ;-D.
I like that there is a picture of the sweater at the end.  I'm not happy with it and need to frog it and start over, but there's more to that story and I am proud that I made it.  Maybe an Iknitarod re-knit?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Face Smashing

This is a Saint Tim thing and it's not really what it sounds like. Well, it actually is...but in a way that all the animals around here are addicted to.  I work my butt off taking care of them and making sure they have plenty of food, clean water and bedding and cookies...and Tim's the one everyone wants to see come to the barn.  Sigh...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How Many Sheep Does It Take To Knit A Sweater?

Baaxter's pretty sure he knows the answer to that question.

You know that old joke...

...where the punch line is "I didn't even know sheep could knit!"

They can't.

Well, we had snow yesterday and today it all melted and warmed up enough that I could knit outside this afternoon.  Baaxter "helped".  I'm ready to start the collar tomorrow, which means the end is in sight.  It's been a fun, easy knit and so many friends are knitting Carbeth sweaters that it's felt like a virtual knitting party :-).

Saturday, February 17, 2018


It was actually a little darker than this when I took these off the back porch this evening.  There was obviously something to be worried about or they wouldn't have been out there in the first place, but it's comforting to be in the middle of cooking dinner, know something is going on, but not having to stop to even worry about it.

And that's why we all sleep secure at night.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pine Party

We had a small ice storm last week and some pine branches came down in the yard and side field.  This is also known as a sheep party!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Maisie and Betsy - still crazy after all these years :-).

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The sheep have had access to the recently repaired and then replaced water tank all winter. Before it was replaced, I'd frequently find them out there trying to "repair" it themselves, so I assumed once it was back operational it would be their favorite water spot. That would be no.

Yesterday I found B. Willard pawing around on the old plastic water tank we'd used up next to the barn while the automatic water was not operational.  I decided to go ahead and fill it back up since we have a few warm days coming.

As soon as I did that...

Oh you know it.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Not Quite Dead Yet

I made it nearly 50 years without getting the flu.  It'd be nice if I could go another 50 without a repeat.  A huge thanks to Saint Tim for holding down the fort for almost a week now.  I did make it out for a Biscuit fix to feed this morning.  Yeesh.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Baaxter Will Never Let Me Down

It turned into a lovely, sunny afternoon and I decided it would be fun to see if I could set up a "casting on" photo shoot with Baaxter and his soon to be banged out sweater.  You can't do this with just any sheep.  Oh, you could separate out that one sheep and lock them in a pen with the yarn and they might eventually go check it out, but to just set it out in the open...  I was pretty sure Baaxer wouldn't let me down.

"Hey, Baaxter!"

"Baby B-e-e."

Poking his head around the corner of the barn.  "What?"

"Remember the sweater I told you about?"


"I brought the yarn and pattern out.  Could you come over and check it out so I can take your picture?"

Slowly walking straight over to the Grahaminator "Yeah."

He's a sheep of few words, but dependable actions (good and naughty ;-).

The real reason I felt pretty confident that Baaxter would come over and show interest in a knitting project is because Baaxter IS interested in wool projects.  Remember how he reacted to his woven blanket?

Murphy was very interested as well.  "I wish I could be a Carbeth."

"Guess what.  You are!  Your Auntie Elaine is knitting one up north with yarn she spun from you! :-)"

And probably the real reason Baaxter is interested in wool projects is because he's still got a little naughty streak in him ;-).


Teefers are cute when you're a baby, but Not Around Yarn :-o.

So, it looks like we're ready to cast on!

Snowy Sunday

We also had a dusting of snow this morning as well, but it's not sticking around any better than the snow yesterday.  Stupid snow...

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Baby Baaxter

It's fun to go back through the archives. For anyone new who may not know about bottle lamb Baaxter Black, here's one of my favorite pictures.  He's napping under the skirting table on the porch of the Wool House.

He was easiest to take care of...when he was asleep ;-D.

But he was awful fun when he was awake, too. This is a cute video of him playing in the lavender garden with his beloved Auntie Reg :-D.  
Looking forward to [Baaxtering] Out A Carbeth

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jumping On The Bandwagon

When I saw Mason Dixon Knitting's headline "Bang Out A Carbeth" Wednesday I was immediately intrigued.  That's a super cute sweater and I just happened to have Rebecca Boone yarn burning a hole in my stash.  It would be perfect!  

The sweater is short and wide.  Rebecca Boone is short and wide!  We're going to bang it out?  Anyone who's gotten between a Cotswold and food has a particularly good understanding of the word "bang"!

20 dug through the stash basket and pulled out Rebecca Boone's pretty silver yarn.  He grabbed the Baaxter Black's yarn as well.  Just in case.  

"Just in case, what, 20?!?"  

"That I'd be short on yardage or not be able to get gauge?!?"

"Just sayin'..."

Well, it would have been a game of yarn chicken...if I'd been able to get gauge :-(.  Looks like we're going to [Baaxter] Out A Carbeth.  There is enough yardage and the gauge was spot on.  The only thing I'm not 100% sure on is his color.

By itself, it's not bad.  It's a darkish grayish brownish with an almost tweedy quality.  Next to the shimmery silver Cotswold though it looks a bit drab.  I may be letting that sway me.  

Still, I cut a few short samples and mixed up some possible overdyes.

One thing I really enjoyed about the Elizabeth shawl was the use of color over her grays.  Baaxter didn't let me down either.

Even though muted by the darkish grayish brownish, I felt like the colored colors were too...colorful.

These two were my favorite.  You're shocked, right?  I like both of these natural looking browns.  I like Baaxter's real natural color as well. 

Any thoughts?


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