16 October 2021
01 October 2021
19 September 2021
Today was the Third Annual Knitting in the Pasture With Sheep event, and the weather for it was glorious. It's just a bunch of people in a pasture with a flock of sheep for a couple of hours, the humans talking and knitting (or crocheting) and the sheep running through periodically. Last year they were calmer and checked out what we were working on, but last year was cold and rainy and we reached only 47 persons, which was three times what we'd had the first year.
|The official picture in 2020, just before it poured rain and the humans left.|
This year, the final count was 230 humans. That's around six persons to each sheep, so no wonder they were a bit freaked out and preferred to hide in the corners of the field.
|My friend took this photo - you can just barely see me near the solar panels.|
Look for somebody in black with this shirt. There were so many of us that other than
the official group photo, many of us took video to document all the humans.
I took a hat on a circular needle in a very appropriate project bag (they call it a 'yarn pouch'):
The pattern is Barleylight by Tin Can Knits. I'd started it, realized that it was coming out too big, so instead of my morning walk I quickly frogged and cast on, and by the end of the event the ribbing was done. Yarn is some random handdyed from my stash that was wound and has no tag.
I had fun.
Mid-Month Resolutions Update
I managed to get a hand-sprain at the beginning of the month, so fiber work was curtained, and thus no progress to speak of on UFOs or my KnitTalk Q3 Make-Along project. As you can see, I am doing better, and I've been focusing on items for the group that collects for orphans in Kazakhstan. I want to get the box filled and shipped and be done - then I see somebody needs mittens, or whatever, and I happen to have yarn that I want to use up, and so........
I have been reading, though. The current book is My Dear Hamilton which is thick in the number of pages but flimsy in physical construction. It's not an intellectually heavy read, but interesting in the character studies it presents. I'm about a third of the way through.
05 September 2021
An acquaintance posted this bit from a New York Times newsletter this morning, which she said "really says it all":
Greetings from the middle of a strange holiday weekend. It was meant to be, for some of us, the end not just of unofficial summer but of many of the protocols meant to keep us safe from the coronavirus — a time to return to commuting, perhaps to an office, to the rhythms of what passed for normal life back in 2019. Until it wasn’t. We’re still masking, still anxious about breakthroughs, still unsure what’s going to happen with the children’s schooling, still worried about the future, still unsettled in the present.Labor Day Weekend is a reset, generally. This year, the button will not click.
Today is the first Sunday of the month, and last month was the first time since March 2020 that there was a brunch at my friend William's house. He called on Wednesday evening to say that with the numbers rising again, he decided to cancel this month, and we'll see what happens next month. My guess is that with the colder weather coming, he won't attempt a brunch again until spring.
I'd planned to do an apple upside-down honey cake, because tomorrow begins Rosh Hashonnah, which is the start of the Jewish new year. Many of you may remember that I began the mini-resolutions because it can be hard to promise something for a year, or the rest of your life, but you can do it for a month. Recently mine have mostly been a ticklist of whether I have accomplished any of the ones I originally proposed, or made any headway. Headway = yes; accomplishment = no.
01 September 2021
15 August 2021
Then there was the deer. A half-grown fawn it appeared to me. I heard a noise off the side of the path and looked, and there it was, maybe five or six metres at most off the path, having a snack of tasty leaves. What surprised me is that three women had just passed me walking briskly in the other direction, chattering among themselves, and hadn’t noticed the deer – nor had they scared it away. I stopped quite still and observed it for some time. Other than occasionally looking in my direction, the deer seemed unconcerned at having a human admirer. It walked even closer to me as it snacked on the fresh leaves of smaller plants.
Then something that seemed a deer communication (several distinct snuffles) sounded from further away, and I looked in that direction to see another deer bounding away maybe a quarter-mile or so distant. In a flash the one I’d been observing bounded in the same direction, and they were gone.
The reservoir is part-time home to geese, and several times I saw families walking on the side of the road. More than once, traffic had to pause while they crossed the road, with the goslings as likely to wander into the traffic lane and being herded onto the edge of the road where lawns or forest gave them a bit more protection, and options for snacks. The first time I saw traffic stopped I wondered if there had been an accident, then I spotted the geese entering the shoulder lane and all became clear.
Closer to my home, a family of turkeys is often about. The first time I spotted them was walking down the road in front of my building, very early one morning. Since then, I have seen them several other times, either in my community or at the nearby medical offices. Often I see the adults, and then notice the chicks only because there's some motion, because they are fluffy and grey and often hard to see against foliage. The most recent spotting was this morning. I saw a tom entering the woods from the end of somebody's driveway and wondered if he was related to the family. As I turned my sight back to the direction of travel I saw motion, and sure enough three fluffy grey chicks were scrambling in the grass at the side of the road. A moment later a rustle and twig-snap just beyond the tree line, and the chicks scampered to join their mother.
I also see domesticated animals, usually dogs walking their humans. In this area, no such, although a couple of signs warned me to beware of dogs. As I retraced my steps, I heard the very unexpected sound of sheep. Might somebody have a pet goat? It sounded like sheep, but I was in a residential area. Still, in older parts of town, farms or ranches may be grandfathered into the deeds. I decided to walk a short way down a lane, prepared to turn back if it turned out to be a private driveway or road.
Then I spotted the "WARNING <sheep silhouette> LIVESTOCK" sign. Truly, sheep?
Yes, indeed. I spotted them at a distance, through the far trees, then they were walking down a road or driveway on the far side of the space I could see. Not too much time later, they were heading for the fence, and I walked slowly back to the road, hoping to not spook them or the human I could see behind the flock, walking the fences. Very sweet they looked (the sheep, not the human, who was too far for me to get a good view) and chatty, having breakfast on the vegetation. Or maybe, given the hour, second breakfast or elevenses?
No pictures, as I usually don't have a camera with me on the walks, and I like to enjoy the world unfiltered. No need to take constant photos, in my humble opinion.
Midmonth Mini-Resolution Report
Not much progress on the UFOs, because I need to finish a graduation gift and want to get the charity items done and shipped. I sent three (two scarves and a hat) to Dallas with some sheep-shaped soaps I made, for a friend to contribute to the goody bags of a retreat she attends each August (except last year, of course). The scarf is almost done, and having quite a bit of the yarn left I signed up to do a hat and mittens for another grad, and maybe a scarf.
I finished The Hamilton Affair and decided to turn back to Mad Scenes and Exit Arias, which my parents lent to me and I should return during my next trip. It was to be next week, but with the various COVID-19 variants and infection numbers increasing, and my mother's worry and insistence, I postponed it to next month. So far I am up to 2007 and should be able to finish the book in reasonable time.
The graduation gift stagnated all week because I was almost finished with the back and found out my gauge was off. So, I frogged it and restarted it Friday evening. It's going quickly, I have the back and both fronts done and in this photo had just started the first sleeve:
Hopefully I'll be on the border by the end of today, or ready to start it tomorrow. I read that today is National Relaxation Day, so after the long walk this morning I am relaxing by watching old films on TCM, a recording of "Wolves" on a temporary streaming opportunity, and crocheting.