Monday, June 14, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Here's wishing everyone a restful, healthy summer. Fingers crossed for a normal Fall.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
All farm losses are rough, but this one was especially painful and complicated. We lost our sweet newest herd member, Ramble On Rose, on April 30 after a brief illness, which was probably caused by a parasite carried by local deer. We did not get a necropsy as it would have meant driving two hours one way to drop him off at the Purdue Vet School.
The poor fellow was unable to stand on April 28. It was damp from massive rain, so I had to blow him dry with a hair dryer in the evening. The vet came on Friday morning, and he seemed to be strong and fighting. She gave him medicine and helped arrange the straw in the barn so he could be even more comfortable. Right before we left the barn, Dark Star was biting and yanking on Ramble's tail. The vet said that was encouragement to get up. After she prepared a weekend's worth of medicine, we returned to the barn for a final vitamin shot, and he was gone. Upon reflection, the vet thought Dark Star had said good-bye with that tail nip.
We hadn't shorn any of the animals yet, so the next step was to rush off to Farmer's Supply to purchase shears. They weren't cheap... In addition to these activities, my mom was coming to see us for the first time in over 14 months. I was so frustrated that what was supposed to be a long happy hug was tainted by feelings of extreme sadness. But of course having her there was the best thing. Both of us we super calm and matter-of-fact while shearing this amazing animal. The fluff will turn into yarn that will be cherished in a lovely project. I'm not sure I have the confidence to try shearing a live alpaca yet, but we might not need a shear team in a few years.
Finally, we had to clear out an overgrown portion of the garden to make room for a grave. That took about two mornings of hard labor. Mama helped like a champ. We finally got our neighbor to bring his backhoe on Sunday around noon. It was such a relief to put a period on that chapter.
Ramble On Rose loved to hum loudly and inharmoniously, neck wrestle with Dark Star, poop in all sorts of spots that weren't the poop pile, and was inquisitive and friendly to a fault. We enjoyed his energy and spunkiness so much!
Ramble and Dark Star on the pasture, eating instead of fighting, for once!
The Farmer walking Ramble to the barn.
Rest well, Ramble. You were loved and continue to be missed.
Shady Grove Alpacas: Ramble on Rose - August 9, 2020 to April 30, 2021, age 7
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Sunday, March 14, 2021
In between sentences, I finished knitting the last few inches of another Done by Monday blanket and sewing in the ends. It feels good to have something solid finished as well as turning in that paper!
Pattern: Afghan #10 from Done by Monday, JoAnne Turcotte
Needles: Size 13
Yarn: Handspun by Anne Cohee, 12 skeins, knit holding yarn doubled
Start: July 1, 2017
Finish: March 14, 2021
The blanket was started right before two friends had their wedding reception. (They secretly eloped six months earlier and didn't tell anyone for a few months!!!) They asked for no gifts, but I hope they won't mind getting a late cream-colored blanket for their turquoise couch. It's squishy, warm, and comfortable.
Everyone, including me, feels so done with this pandemic. Hold on and stay strong, friends! I'm staying out of reach as much as possible until my second vaccine shot is in my arm and two weeks has passed. I'll be continuing to wear my mask. We can do this! Send me a message if you need some Zoom time to get through another day. Much love and kindness to you!
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Pattern: Amiga by Mags Kundis (free!)
Yarn: Sachenmayr nomotta (yellow) and Copper Centaur Studios Pegasus (gray)
Needles: size 8 and 9 - very loose knit structure
Start to finish: July 28, 2018-January 10, 2021
While designed to be a light summer sweater in style and yarn choice (cotton + flax), it is surprisingly warm over a turtleneck. It does a fair amount of shedding which is easily removed in the wash.