Rose of Enchanted Ewe suggested Daisy, Coco & Chloe.
Gayle suggested the names of the three good fairies in Sleeping Beauty: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
Robyne suggested Opal, Bertha & Beulah ("B" names for bunnies).
Jewel played on words with Hairyette.
Megan (of lambing fame) suggested Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail - age old favorites.
Chris of Woolybuns who is the breeder of all three of these rabbits, indicates that the sire of the two black does is named "Muffin Man" and the dam is "Lily." That suggests "Cookie Doe" for one, and "Dahlia" or other floral names for the other black doe.
Here are the first shots I have of my three new adoptees. These are all German hybrid angora bunnies. I've had bunnies before, but never angoras. These I adopted from Woolybuns aka Chris in Connecticut. I need some name suggestions befitting these lovely girls. I will gift a skein of sock yarn (sufficient for a pair) for each of the three winning names. My children will be the judges. So, E-mail me your suggestions - humor, alliteration, puns welcome.
Three of my kids and I drove down to CT on Sunday and picked them up. Originally, I thought I was going for the two black does, who are six months old and from the same litter. The Opal agouti had been promised to someone else, but they lost contact, so she offered her to me. She is about 18 months old, and very sweet! My eldest DS latched on to her immediately in the car. He uncrated her, and held her next to him or on himself for the entire ride. And she never had an accident.
The two black does differ only in that one has furry tufts on the tips of the ears, and her sister has smooth ears. Chris took the time to demonstrate to me how to shear the bunnies with the furry eared black doe. The Opal agouti had been sheared about ten days ago. So, today I sheared the remaining black doe. Given that it is the first time either of these black ones have been sheared, I am VERY impressed with the temperaments of all three of these girls. The bunnies seem to essentially trance themselves while being sheared - they close their eyes and lay there passively in all sorts of positions - side, back, tummy - you name it! I now have a pile of bunny hair - the portions that aren't spinnable I am offering to Kathy at my LYS (courtesy) as she does needle felting. She can use what is helpful and offer the remainder to the birds and squirrels for nest building.
I work with a woman who lives on a working dairy farm. Her husband's family's dairy farm is one of 4 remaining such farms in their county. Megan's night job at the hospital subsidizes the farm. One of the perks she does have from the farm is Peaches the horse, chickens for truly farm fresh eggs, and a spinner's flock of four sheep. She has two white sheep, one natural dark brown sheep, and one gray sheep.
This year, hoping for some gray lambs, the ewes were bred to a black ram. Of the four ewes, three have now delivered - one black male, one black female and one stillborn. The mother of the stillborn lost twins last year as well, so her motherhood days may be ended. One more ewe, the gray one, is still carrying - we shall see what she brings.
I always like going out to Megan's place and walking through her barn, or even just standing out in the pasture watching the animals. The smell of wool, and fresh straw is wonderful, and the animals coming up to have their noses rubbed is heartwarming! Simple. Natural. Unassuming. Wonderful. Then there is the cuppa Earl Gray waiting inside, or on the deck from where we can watch the lambs!
Megan did an addition to her house last year. It was designed to appear to be the original barn attached to her 200 year old farmhouse, as is customary in New England. Upstairs in the addition, she designed her fiber loft. There, she has two looms - a huge one and a smaller one, her spinning wheel, and her knitting supplies. From the fiber loft, one can enter into the attic of the original house, where she has her fleece stored from the spinner's flock. She sends her fleeces out for processing, so most of it is returned as pencil roving. Megan is the first person I have ever seen knitting in the Eastern Uncrossed fashion - it was the way her mother taught her, the same as her grandmother knit, and so forth many generations back.
Here are some of the photos of knitted graffiti placed apparently by the 10 or so members of Knitta in the Houston area. They go around attaching knitted graffiti to building door handles, car antennae, bridge lampposts, you name it. These pieces of knitted graffiti seem to be mostly using buttons for attachments....
.What would happen if we all helped them out????? Can't you see it? Instead of dull industrial metal lampposts, we'd have splashes of color in uncommon colors and textures only knitters can provide adorning even the most mundane of our public hardware and fixtures! Instead of impersonal public areas, we could soften them up, and add humor to viewers' days. Can't you just see Stephanie, aka Yarn Harlot sneaking around at night on her book tours adding that big green afghan in Book 2 to a boulder in a park or covering a horse statue? Or perhaps Margene insulating a snow man up there in the Wasatch Mountains from spring thaw?
Anyone have any other ideas for knitted graffiti? Let's shake up some concepts out there about what we knitters are all about, shall we?
I had to do a reconnaisance trip to a yarn shop near where I was camping this past week. I wll share my finds this evening. Also upcoming are photos of the newborn lambs I saw at my friend Megan's dairy farm as well as photos of the bunnies I am leaving to go get from Woolybuns aka Chris today. Must leave to get the bunnies - it is a six hour drive each way. I am hoping my eldest son or my DD will be driving so I can get some knitting in on the wedding shawl!
I am having all sorts of ideas birthing in my brain to add to the Knitta graffiti springing up. Doesn't seem like they'd mind some company around the country/world, does it? (see my last post)
Here is the explanation for the knitting graffiti pictures my sister in California unearthed. "Knitta began in August 2005, when AKrylik and PolyCotN were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects: half-knitted sweaters and balls of yarn gathering dust. That afternoon, they knit their first doorknob cozy. Then it dawned on them… A tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings. With a mix of clandestine moves and gangsta rap — Knitta was born! Today, Knitta is a group of more than 10 ladies of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation… and gender."
Wouldn't it be great to drive down the street and find a knitted lamp post cozy or a Stop sign warmer? Perhaps the next challenge after the Knitting Olympics should be a knitting version of Kilroy all over the country leaving knitted warmers for all sorts of inanimate objects under cover of night.....
I am wondering what pulls you in to visit your favorite yarn shop the fastest? Deep discount sales on yarn are exempt from this one - I am just wondering what activities/events yarn shops across the world use to draw in customers? No, I am not a shop owner - and I know that meeting other fiber nuts aficionados to share laughs, tears and fiber is what brings me in. Once I started making friends at the shop, we keep going to the shop to see one another and share fiber ideas. We support one another in ways that go far beyond sharing color choice opinions, and knitting advice..... ordering & looking on line just do not compare to the touch me, feel me, talk to me of going to a good yarn shop!
Even if your LYS doesn't have activities or events that particularly draw you in to the shop, if you have ideas of what would, share them with us! I'll do a later post to share the ideas out there - maybe we can transform our respective local yarn shops!
Well, with a wedding upcoming in mid-May, I have a deadline on me to get the Raku Suri Stole completed. Last Friday, discovering a huge snag pulling on the yarn about 10 rows down, I fiddled and fiddled, but could not get it to look right. I tried tinking but after several rows, was unconvinced that I would be able to pick it up correctly. Since the shawl is not for myself, and is for a huge event in someone's life, I decided to frog it all and restart.
Of course, when I made that decision, I also knew I had this week off from work and was planning on camping in the 13 yo 'Arvey (RV) I co-own with another family. So, off to the woods we are, with very little to do but knit for me. (I know, sad, isn't it?). I didn't have wifi until this afternoon, and there is no cable TV hookup, so the kids are watching DVDs, walking the dog in the woods, making bonfires for marshmallows, etc. DD even brought knitting, which I sewed together for her last night.
So, this is our environment for the week, complete with stocked fish pond, lake across the street, and even a yarn store less than a mile away. I haven 't yet ventured to the yarn store, much to my children's surprise, but there is still one more day in camp ....
The Raku stole has progressed nicely. I now have two completed squares. One more square, then I begin knitting all those live stitches to the sashing stuff that holds the three squares together and then the sashing that edges it all. At least once the three squares are done, things look much simpler. I still have a few days before returning to work Monday, so more progress will happen. I do need to move closer to home on Friday, as I have an appointment that afternoon, but will probably stay "camping" one more night. On Sunday, we go to CT to get the bunnies.... their hutches got set up before we left.