Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yarn Along


 
Recently I finished my Backshore Cardigan. The pattern is by Alicia Plummer and the yarn I used was Juniper Moon Farm Findley & Findley Dappled. I made some modifications to the pattern. I did not do the eyelets down the sides and I did not pick up the stitches around the neckline at the end. I also made the cuffs a little short (that is because I like them to be a little short when I am knitting so I don't have to pull up my sleeves).  In the end the it is a perfect fit! It came off the needles and directly on me. I probably have been wearing more than I should admit, but it is the perfect weight to wear around the house. I am very pleased with it.


Also my husband I recently celebrated an anniversary. I failed at finding a bronze gift, but my husband didn't. He got me the cutest little owl statue. I love it so much!


My Spire is getting an edge. I worked on it for a few days in a row and then I went back to work on a few new patterns I am planning on releasing.  Maybe I'll get some motivation again and finish it up! I am cheating on the edging yarn. I am using store bought and not homespun. I didn't have enough fiber left to complete the edge and the Manos Fino matched so well I couldn't resist using it. 


Yesterday was picture day at the farm. I photographed most of the herd in their full fleeces.  We let the girls out into the big field and they get so excited to go out there it is like an alpaca stampede! I ducked to get out of the way of these 5 pregnant ladies. I think they would have run me over.


The blue birds always like to taunt me when I have my camera. If I don't have the camera they get nice and close to me. If I have my camera they fly up into the trees. Yesterday they seemed to be enjoying me taking pictures of the alpacas and when they weren't looking I caught them too. 



The new baby who was born last week has a name. Everyone meet Sapele. Sapele is a type of wood. My parents have been naming many of the alpacas after types of wood, since woodworking is my fathers main business.
 

 
Sapele's father is CCNF Smoke Ring. He is one proud papa.

 
Oh and I couldn't resist sharing pictures of my alpaca Blue.



 
I still have not processed his fleece from last year.  I am going to combine his fleece from this year with last years and make a lot of yarn!
 
Joining with Ginny's Yarn Along
 
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***Update***
I don't know how I left out what audiobook I am listening to. I am listening to "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. It is so good. It is about a woman that goes from 1954 to 1754 in Scotland. She is tossed into Scottish Clan life and her adventure is so entertaining. I have been staying up way to late every night because I can't stop listening to it!

20 comments:

MamaBirdEmma said...

So gorgeous!

Reinventing Mother said...

That shawl is stunning! Love the edge!!

mamasmercantile said...

I love the jumper and the shawl is divine, both the colour and the pattern.

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary to you! I love the little owl statue. What a beautiful fleece! That is going to make lovely yarn. I can't wait to see you Spire completed. It looks so beautiful already.

karen said...

happy anniversary! I love the owl statue. the shawl is nearly done isn't it? I love doing edgings on lace, feels like the end.

Desiree said...

Love the cardigan! Someday I want to try to knit one! Thanks for sharing.

tilly tilda said...

Alpaca is my very favourite yarn of all. It is so incredibly soft. I love your new baby, so sweet :) I have always thought it would be amazing to have alpacas! The colourway in your shawl is stunning.

elizabeth said...

oh how fun! new baby Alpaca, more to come and a lovely knit! beautiful blue bird too! :) as always, love your pictures!

Ali said...

Happy Anniversary, the owls are really cute. Your cardigan is so pretty,no wonder you've worn it lots. I have popped over via Yarn Along and so glad I found you, the alpaca photo's are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Ali xx
PS the book sounds very intriguing.

Debbie said...

when you talk yarn and fleece, it all greek to me. i do wonder if it is possible to love them more then i do??

i think they will be sheared soon?? i will be at the farm saturday for my knitting class. i am pretty darn excited, do i need to bring anything beside my camera??

Evelyn Hender said...

that shawl is stunning! Lovely seeing photos of the alpacas

Anna said...

Love the photographs of the bluebirds and the audiobook sounds wonderful! Visiting from yarn along.

CathieJ said...

Great photos. So many beautiful animals. I absolutely love your striped sweater. That color combo is great. You shawl is quite beautiful also.

lollyknits.com said...

The alpacas are adorable! I also can't wait to see that finished shawl, the colors are lovely.

Deb Hickman said...

Happy Anniversary, what a wonderful gift. I love your sweater and the shawl is so pretty, I'm off to find the pattern. X

TexWisGirl said...

i like that stampeding herd! and the new baby is very pretty. :)

Melissa ~ twoknitwit said...

love it all, Andee (can I borrow your sweater?)

Zauberflink said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful and funny alpaca pictures!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Oh your knitting is just beautiful. I love that sweater.
Thanks for sharing.

Ida said...

Lovely sweater. Much to hot here now for sweaters. Oh that Owl statue is adorable. Your hubby has good taste. As always the Alpacas are adorable. They are so fluffy looking.