Memorial Day 2023

I give special reverence to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for what they loved, a free and safe country for their families and all of us. May we honor them in all we do and may we always remember that freedom has a price and keep this country free and safe in their honor. Prayers said for their families.

American the Beautiful

Hummingbird Feeder – Birds? And Knitting Update.

Well not hummingbirds, but other birds seem to find it inviting even if they can’t eat from it, sigh. I think they are probably just waiting for my neighbor to take down her flowers and put up the bird feeder lol, so in the meantime they are just hanging out.

Update on my Flax baby sweater by Tin Can Knits. Just one more sleeve to go! At least the baby sweater sleeves don’t take as long as the adult sleeves! This will look better when it’s blocked. Hope my friend is surprised with this gift for her new grandson when I get this sent off to her :).

Hummingbird Feeder

I have been going to do this for 4 or 5 years. Last year I finally bought a feeder and some hummingbird food but didn’t get the hanging pole because it’s on my balcony and I needed to figure out how to attach it to my balcony railing and with the bird flu they were saying not to feed the birds, sigh, but I needed to figure out how to attach the pole anyway. Yeah took me a year lol. So here it is, and my neighbor’s flower pot hanging off her balcony makes a perfect background. It looks a little weird because I took it through my screen, oh well. I saw one hummingbird yesterday, so I hope more will come. The liquid is clear tho the bottle is red because they are attracted to red but I know we are not suppose to use red food coloring. I love Spring!!

Skirting Some Fleeces

Well the first picture isn’t a fleece :P. Try as I might each year to remember to get a photo of a Magnolia tree flowering, when I drive by there are cars behind me so I can’t stop to get a picture. I love Magnolias because they are generally the first to bloom before the rest of the trees are even budding their leaves, so they mean spring to me. However this year other trees bloomed or spouted leaves first, then yep we had two nights of freezing temps in a row. Guess the Magnolias aren’t fooled. 🙂

The second picture is a grey (kind of looks like a light black but I’m sure when it’s washed it will be a medium grey) Polypay fleece. I also have a white one to skirt also, which is picking out shorter pieces from the longer pieces (basically I’m separating the saddle fiber from the neck, belly and legs and second cuts fiber) and picking out as much of the vm (vegetable vegitation matter, I stand corrected :P) as I can, you can see a big piece of straw, and there are also lots more vm scattered in it, and lets not forget any sheep poop by the back end. I started skirting this a week ago but the weather wasn’t really warm enough and this table wasn’t quite doing the job because it has a bench that I had to bend over to reach the fleece and the wind was blowing more than I hoped, so that wasn’t doing it for me. So with less than a 1/3 done, I put it back in the bag and took it back in the house and will bring them both out when it warms up a bit and no wind (I don’t feel like chasing pieces of fleece all over, lol) so I can lay them out proper and skirt them. I don’t have to have them skirted and ready to ship until August, I just don’t want to do it in the heat of the summer. I’ve had these 3 years maybe 4 so the lanolin is pretty set into the fleeces, good luck to the mill that gets these beauties :P.

Hope everyone is having a good start to your spring and that you avoid the storms I am seeing coming on the weather reports.