Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Little Fibery Goodness

And I'm not talking about fiber for Maisie. I have to clarify that because that's usually what I've had to talk about lately.  It's been an ongoing topic of conversation these days and let me tell you...I'm tired of talking about poop, cleaning up poop, praying for better poop...  Poor Maisie.  

The Always Amazing Aaron came to visit over the weekend.  I welcomed his visit because I knew he wouldn't come empty handed and he didn't disappoint.

Guess who this is?  The brown handspun.  And yes, Aaron's wrong side knitting is just as nice as his right side.  

It's Marcel!  From his lamb shearing.  I have a very special story to share about Marcel, but I'm not ready.  I still think I see him sometimes and it catches my breath and I have to look twice.  I love all my sheep.  I really do.  Even stupid ole Beanie Baby.  Some of them though...  Okay, moving on!

Aaron's spinning that perfect (as always) yarn to accent a blue sweater.  Lovely.  I am planning a Marcel sweater myself.  The Market Jacket from November Knits.  I'm going to blend Marcel's two year old shearing with some of Woolliam's Cotswoldy curls and I can't wait to get started. 

This is one of B. Willard's Border Leicester lamb cousins.  The gray fleece had some subtle color changes so Aaron separated it out before hand carding the entire fleece and I think it's gorgeous.

And his WeSoInNo (Weave Something In November) project.  Yardage for a woven bag.  All handspun, warp and weft, and woven on one of his handmade looms.

Last, but not least, some Kool Aid dyed handspun. 

We'd had a couple warm winter days and the bees were having a honey party on the porch while we were taking pictures.  I love to drizzle honey on the railing and watch them come in and gobble it up.  It's enjoyable for me and helpful to them - gives us both a winter boost.  I'm sure it was quite a sight with silly Maisie bebopping around, bees buzzing all over, knitting and fleeces strewn around the porch and me snapping pictures.  At this point I'm afraid I'm probably becoming more just theplaincrazylady. 

Maisie's fully transitioned over to the goat milk now.  I thought we were golden last night.  She was happy and seemed to be feeling good, racing all over and pooping (see, there I go again) normal for the first time in many days.  This morning she tanked again.  We're hoping it's just her body still trying to regulate itself and are trying to be patient.  She's hanging in there...with Betsy at her side.  Keep the prayers and good thoughts coming please.


Tombstone Livestock said...

Oh that wool looks so soft, love the color. Rest of the yarn looks great too, so many projects to work on. I saw some felted boot intersoles on a blog this morning, going to try some from some of the waste wool I got back from the mill, have several different colors o bits and pieces that came out of the carder at the mill.

So good to see Betsy snuggled up to Maisie to keep her nice and warm. Hope her system regulates soon.

Andee said...

I'm praying for Maisie.

That is some beautiful spun yarn. So much knitted goodness in this post I don't even know who I can comment on it all. Handspun woven scarf is just awesome. I wish I knew how to weave.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous photos, all!

Tammy said...

I'm so sorry it's been such a struggle for dear little Maisie (and you). I keep hoping to hear that she has stabilized. If she can hang in there, I bet that goat's milk will do the trick. I tube fed (canned) goat's milk to the weak puppy in the litter I had, and she took right off. The breeder that I got my dogs from said it was better than using the puppy formula.

And on another topic--I have to laugh about the bees, because one sunny fallish day, I found some honey that needed to be moved out and thought of you feeding the bees. So I put some out. Oh my. At first it was okay, but suddenly there were bees EVERYWHERE. They were odd looking bees too, and kinda aggressive and then the dogs started snapping at them. It was quite a circus for awhile. :-) The next time I did that I took it way away from the house! ha...

And that last picture is so beautiful.


CathyD. said...

Sending lots of warm hugs and thoughts and prayers for good poop to Maisie. See, that doesn't sound so crazy. I'm sure you're just about at the end of your yarn, but there are a lot of us out here, praying for good poop with you, so hang in there. {{{{}}}} ^.^

Shirley said...

That wool is all lovely, makes me want to knot! I like the Market Jacket pattern, it should look great on you.
Who knew guardian angels could be cats named Betsy.

CathyD. said...

By the way, does the Always Amazing Aaron have an online presence? His work is beautiful.

Lori Skoog said...

I don't know what the market jacket pattern looks like, but I can't wait to see it.

Come on Maisie girl! Get regulated.

Alice said...

Aaron's work is picture perfect. My goodness he has a wealth of talent in the fiber arts! So happy he was able to create using Marcel's fleece. Marcel would be so proud.
I remember seeing that pattern for your sweater. It should be beautiful with the yarns you've selected. Nice thing is that you can have the sheep it came from close to your heart. :-)
Glad to see that Betsy is a contributing member of the household ;-) Hugs to Maisie.

Kim said...

I do hope Maisie gets better soon. We have a pig that is like that now. I'm getting attached to the silly thing nursing him back to health and he was supposed to be to eat in the first place!

Love the market sweater. Wish I could knit but just spinning for now...

And oh my goodness, I knew we were kindred spirits! You have a sofa with the farmhouse tapestry. I have two chairs like that! 20 years old and just now starting to show some wear. If you EVER see fabric like that, let me know. I've been searching for some.


Mary said...

Ooooo! Marcel's yarn is gorgeous! :) And of course, i adore that last pic. :D

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

What beautiful yarn! Time for me to get spinning again.
Hang in there Maisie.

Terry said...

Please, Maisie, don't break our hearts! Please take a turn for the better, and stay there!
I was a very sickly baby, and lost weight after birth. My family thought I was going to die. The hospital put me on goat's milk (it was 1951 - they'd never do that now), and I was never underweight again, lol.

Aaron is one talented guy. The yarn and the fleece are beautiful.

LannieK said...

Sending prayers, warm wishes, sunshine and hugs... for you and little Maisie. Goats's milk can work magic, and we all hope it does :-)
Aaron's fiber is georgeous, so glad he stopped in.

Deb W said...

Love, LOVE the profile picture of Maisie and Betsy cuddling on the couch(?).

I don't think I could hang around Aaron too much/ My spinning and knitting suffer too much by comparison.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Marcels wool is such a beautiful brown!! Hoping Maisie does well on the goats milk.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I am worried..I bet you are too..Okay I will pray harder! C'mon Maisie!!

I understand about the movements out of the corner of your eye that take your breath away..our best friends are never really too far away.

Such beautiful photos of the fiber..and Maisie and her personal kitty well they make a cozy pair:)

Miha Giustina said...

Maisie looks very serene!

Love the calendars:-) The payment will be on its way today. Thank you!

Sheepmom said...

Marcel's yarn is wonderful! Makes you feel good to know it's being handled so well. Can't wait to see what it becomes and the Market Jacket will be perfect! The Jester sweater set the bar pretty high!

Maisie is a tough little trooper. The goat's milk should help if anything will. The last picture is just fabulous. The self-appointed caretakers are always the most dedicated and diligent. Maisie's in good paws with her!

Susan said...

Sheep are very special that way - they leave us with a way to remember them in useful and beautiful ways. I wear a hat that was knit from Flora's fleece. I think of her all the time. I am sending love, prayers and healing thoughts to you and Maisie. Good girl, Betsy.


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