Saturday, April 03, 2010

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I have begun a new pair of socks, having finished the the last pair which I am not so thrilled with, but they are serviceable. The new ones are from Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One.

And I am in love with the stitch pattern of the sock I chose. It is slip 1 with yarn in front, knit one; one round plain, then knit one, slip 1 with yif; follow by one plain round. (I am knitting Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks.)

The stitch was awkward at first, but I have since gotten my groove going. As the author comments, it really shows off handpainted or self-patterning yarn to great benefit. The cuff is first knit flat, then after an inch and a half, is joined onto double pointed needles and knit in the round.

It rained briefly this morning and now the air is all clean and everything looks so delightful outside.

Blue Jean's babies, all four of them plus the adoptee, are doing well at about 11 days old. Some eyes are open and most ears are upright. I have concluded that the adoptee is a wild rabbit. He is smaller than the others, but his eyes opened before any one else's. Also, his coloration in unmistakable.

I am so glad to only have 9 bunnies left in the barn. Jodi will collect her last 8 in the upcoming week. I am keeping Sugar and Oscar Wilde Hare, but she is also taking Eeyore from the backyard, aka Cyclops.

The chicks are thriving. I put them outside last week in the coop/tractor and I am always tickled that they know how to scratch at the ground for food, even though they have no hen mom to teach them.

The banty hen is setting on one lone egg, and I am letting her. Wish she had laid more than one, but what the hey. Discovered the hard way, though, that she was infested with Northern Mites, probably acquired from the sparrows. She has been dusted with Sevin dust, but not before she shed hundreds of the little bastards onto my hands and arms. And most likely, a few of the teen einsty buggars escaped my attention and then bit me on various parts of my body. Not hazardous to my health, but itchy and annoying.


Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, yeurgh. Mites = no fun. But your socks are definitely fun! You're right -- that stitch pattern does a nice job of showing off the yarn. And I'm glad that the baby bunnies are doing well, and the bunny transitions are going smoothly :)

Helena Handbag said...

Baby buns! Is there anything cuter?