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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Catching up...

Well, I have been quite remiss with blogging.  It seems that there is always something else going on and I just don't find the time to take pictures and do the writing needed.  Today, I thought I'd try to catch up a bit and say what I've been doing that is keeping me busy, rather than keeping me blogging.  In fact, catching up seems to be what I've been doing lately.  After my Christmas holidays, I had a lot to catch up on at work after being away for 2 weeks.  I had a lot of laundry to catch up on too.  I have had some fairly significant snow clearing work to do also!  I've been trying to keep the house looking nice since it's on the real estate market, but it seems sort of pointless since there isn't anybody looking at it.  Admittedly, it's a bad time of year to be selling.

Of course, I've been spending time cuddling Lucky Nickel.  She has taken to entering the other goats' pen by deftly climbing the fence, hanging out with the other goats all day, and then when she sees me come home, she flies back over the fence and follows me like an ever-faithful dog.  Fortunately, none of the other goats seem to be intent on learning her methods, so they all stay where they are.  One really cold night about a week ago, Lucky Nickel was insistently bleating at the back door.  I finally gave in....I think I was having a weak moment.  An old pair of gym shorts provided an excellent "holder-in-place" for a diaper, since Miss Nickel is too large to fit diapers any more.  She enjoyed her foray into the house where she grew up, and I enjoyed her company for a while.  I did put her back in the barn at the end of the evening though.
Today I did some dyeing of roving, most of which will end up in my Etsy shop in the coming days, when it has fully dried out.  I always enjoy the creative side of dyeing wool, and today was no exception.
I've also been doing quite a bit of spinning.  When the snow is flying and it's cold outside, spinning is a lovely warm and cozy thing to do.  If I want to, I can put a blanket on my lap and spin at the same time.  Very cozy and comfortable.  Many of my yarns have also been listed in my Etsy shop lately, so you can check them out there too!  Here are some of the ones I've spun lately.
Other than that....well....I think I've just been  hibernating.  I should have been a bear.  Something about January just seems to sap the energy out of me and make me want to snuggle under a blanket and read a good book and pretend that the white stuff outside doesn't exist.  Here's hoping you've all been keeping warm this January, unless you live down under, in which case I hope you're keeping dry.

14 comments:

Pricilla said...

Very pretty colors. Almost good enough to eat!

Verde Farm said...

Oh my gosh--Nickel is adorable and those short--so cute. I would love to have her in my house too. I would likely let her in my bed :) Your yarn colors are gorgeous. So pretty. Can’t wait to see what you make!
Amy

edenhills said...

Those yarns are just beautiful! I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I think you've spoiled your goat. :-)

Teresa

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I have the same hibernating thing going on. Thw yarn is gorgeous.

texwisgirl said...

Your yarns are beautiful! And so is Lucky Nickel! :)

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Mmm...you've given me a fiber arts jones....
The colors are absolute fabulous!

Ha! Lucky Nickle is most precious!
And I have to ask......do diapers really work on a goat.....I'm probably going to need to know pretty soon.....
;)

Tayet Silverspoon said...

Your a goat?! You look like a little sheep! Sooo cute! I would love to have a little goat/sheep like you!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

My lady can attest to the beauty of Claire's yarns first hand! They are a joy to work with too! The colors have to be seen to be believed and yarn is working up into a nice pair of fingerless mitts for my lady. I want her to make me a pair of horn warmers but she said that my horns didn't need warming. Humph.

Flartus said...

I've always thought I should've been a bear! As soon as the days start to get shorter and the weather turns crisp, I want to eat everything in sight! Then I just want to sleep 14 hours a day after that.

Glad you have some spinning and knitting to keep yourself occupied. And Lucky Nickel to keep you company.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Gorgeous color! Lucky Nickel reminds me of the guy in the Progresso soup ad that is dressed in 70's gym shorts and tells his wife to "enjoy the view" LOL!!!

Louise said...

Oh, those colors are so lovely. And, so is Lucky Nickel.

Mom L said...

Now, why didn't LN work on your blog for you while she was in the house? Hey, I'm hibernating, too, and I don't even have to go out to work!

You really are one busy lady!!! What do you plan to do, where to go, when you sell the house?

Nancy in Iowa

Split Rock Ranch said...

Gorgeous Claire! What is the roving on the bottom left? Is it in your Etsy store?

Lucky Nickel - what a character she is! She doesn't know she's a goat, does she?

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Brenda - which one is the bottom left one? Do you mean the one that is kind of centered in the picture with the sort of autumn colors? It is on the top rail but spills down into the lower rails of the drying rack? If yes, that one isn't listed because I don't actually know what fiber it is. It's got some sheen to it and I think it might be a mohair blend. I braided it and it looks really pretty but I have no clue where I got it or what it is. It was just a ball of white roving in my stash. When I first started stashing fiber, I didn't keep very good records. Now, if I get fiber that is unlabeled, I make a label and store it in the bag. Live and learn...