I'm finally up to date with blocking all my finished projects for the year. Whew! I either need to knit slower or block faster. I'll go with #2 in the future.
Here's the rundown.
Nurmilintu - the very first thing I finished this year.
It has beads!
Then there was Brickless. And holy cats this this is big!! 121" long.
Followed by French Cancan
Gothic Lace Cowl. I'm still looking for the buttons that will make this work as a cowl. I'm not thrilled with the yarn I chose for this project, as I think it made too soft a fabric, but it's pretty.
An easy knit - Herbivore
Then, Marin. I knit this a few years ago in a bright, pretty red and then gave it away. I couldn't find the same yarn in the same color, so I chose orange, which is a good color for me. I'm keeping it.
The most recent finish is one of the two big projects I wrote about the other day. This one was a bit deceptive, because I couldn't tell how big it really was while it was still on the needles. I was surprised to block it and find I'd knit a good sized shawl! This is Earth. The color is "lingonberry" which is red, but still kind of orange.
The shawl started with a vine pattern.
Which branched into leaves. Very clever.
I'm still working on the other big project, as well as one mindless one. A good combination.
It was a wildlife morning at the barn today. Lately, a white dove has made her home with us. She spends a lot of time outside the feed room, pecking up dropped grain. She was there while we were riding, but when I went to put my horse out, she was flying high above the pastures. So pretty against the blue sky. Then, we went to turn several of the mares into their pasture and saw a beautiful coyote trotting across the meadow. The horses saw her too, and ran toward her with raised ears and big eyes. But Ms. Coyote ran down into the creek and disappeared. We hear the coyotes more than we see them, and their singing never fails to thrill me. After riding, my friend was walking her dog, which flushed a pheasant out of the underbrush near the barn. This colorful bird was seen a few weeks ago in the shaving shed, and it's nice to know it's still alive and well. Finally, one of our friends was working her horse in the indoor arena and said there was a fledgling stuck in the corner. Sure enough, there was a little bird still covered with little flecks of down on its feathers peeping away. It tried to fly out, but never got more than a few inches up the wall. I was trying to encourage it to fly using gentle nudges with a riding crop. Finally, I decided to see if it would sit on the crop, which it did! Problem solved. Carried gently out of the arena we were able to place it back in the nest with its sibling. Thankfully, we saw it before the barn cat did! Hopefully, they will learn to fly without any more mishaps.
We may have to change our name to Little Creek Horse Farm, Nature Preserve, and Bird Rescue Center!