Thursday, June 27, 2013

So long Google Reader! Hello Bloglovin


For several years now I would log on to the Google reader site to follow the blogs I enjoy reading. It was convenient to have every blog in one place. But you might have heard that google reader will be gone at the end of June.
I made the switch to Bloglovin last week and its just great!
I transferred all the blogs I follow in one easy step.
In case you have to do this too, check this site  for more information.

To follow my blog clic on the button on the right.
VoilĂ ! a quick little post to keep you readin'
Be back soon with some great felted vases to show you.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fast and Furious!

Never a dull moment around here!
But that's how we like things to be, right?
Hubby was out of town this weekend helping a friend at his cottage.
I looked forward to some time alone, I always do.
There is something good about doing my own thing.
I don't mind the silence for a few days.
But Mother Nature had something else in mind for me.
 Early Sunday afternoon, Cassa Blanca decided it was baby time.
Now, I  might be the farmer's wife but I must admit that hubby is much more hands on with the animals than I am.
Since I was solo I put on my farmer's gear and off to the pastures I went.
 Cassa Blanca is a pro at this and the new cria was standing and nursing within 45 minutes.
He's a big 23 lbs male in a gorgeous light fawn colour.
About two hours later, a huge downpour came through. I mean the rain looked like a wall of water falling from the sky. I knew that the cria would not enter the barn so off I went back to the field, picked it up and closely followed by mom, we made our way to the barn. I dried him off and made sure he was not shivering.
All was good and we slept very well that least I did!
Hubby came back home on Monday morning and I told him all about the new cria.
We decided that we would go check on him together.
Well guess what we saw as soon as we set foot outside!
Ginger is a first time mom. Cria's head is out as well as the two front all is looking good.
We stay back and let her do her thing.
But for some reason, she decided to lay back down and she gave birth this way to a lovely dark fawn cria. And you might have guessed's another male!!!!!!!!!!!
He's smaller that the other 15 lbs but he's doing very well.
Here he is still wet shortly after birth.
And a few hours later, he's all dry, running around and figuring things out.
I just love that chestnut colour!
We have not yet come up with names for these two little guys.
Three births in 6 days!
One to go. about a female this time Mother Nature?
Just to stir things up a little!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

First of the season

Cria season has begun!
Alicia had her little one on Wednesday morning. A beautiful little white male.

I'm so amazed that even though he's not even 12 hours old, he can walk and run around.
Mind you, we saw him take a good nose dive too!

Little pink nose, pure white fibre.
Constant humming between mom and baby.
As soon as I see white, I think of all the possibilities of dyeing this soft fibre. 
But this year, I'll be keeping some natural coloured yarn/ roving as well. 
Almost forgot to tell you...we call him Lumi. It means ''snow'' in finnish.
We have most likely three more girls more new babies to come in the next few weeks.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Lana is off the needles!
The sun has not been around much lately and today was no exception.
But it did show it's face for about 15 minutes and out the door I went with camera in hand and hubby following behind.
I wondered if we would have any pictures at all with the winds blowing as they were.

But the winds did calm down for a few minutes.

The shawl drapes really nicely because it's knitted from side to side on the bias.

The lace border is knitted with the body of the shawl on one side and is knitted-on on the other side.
I thought this was such a wonderful way to add the border.
The two other shawls in this series are designed the same way.

I love large asymmetrical shawls.
I like tying knots in my shawls and wearing them off to the side.

The yarn I used is from our own herd. It's an alpaca/mohair blend.
Soooooooo soft!
It's light as a feather too and I think I'll be wearing it all year long.

I've been felting shawls this weekend and I have lots to show you...