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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Dakota Dreams slipover

Dear Diary,

Jesse:  Earlier this year I posted photos of some garments I was trying to knit for Adam. They don't look all that flash because I was attempting - poorly - to make up a proper pattern.  I am certain that people must think I am one of the worst knitters on the planet. So, just to give everyone an idea of my abilities as a knitter, I am posting photos of a slipover I just completed a couple of days ago.  


This cannot rightly be termed a "Fair Isle" pattern because none of the patterning is according to traditional Fair Isle design.  It is more properly termed "stranded knitting"; the knitting technique is the same.

The front side of "Dakota Dreams" knitted with Knitpicks' "Palette" colourway knitting wools.


The colours are very beautiful (I hope your monitor reflects that).  The "Palette" colourway is wide and lovely.  I have never used these knitting wools before as I always knit with authentic Shetland knitting wools. After doing this project, I will definitely return to the Shetland wools.  Shetland knitting wools are perfect for stranded knitting.


The back side.  The garment is on the wolley board for blocking.

I knitted it with 3.25 mm needles; there are 32 stitches/10 cm.  I hold both colour strands in my left hand and knit continental; this gives me more control over my tension and I can knit more quickly.  I always knit in the round, making steeks and cutting.  There are no sewn seams in this garment; it is knitted in one piece.

The inside showing stranded knitting.

If you're like every other knitter I know, you'll look at the facing side and then immediately look at the reverse side to evaluate the technique.  I trust I'll not be found wanting.  If someone would provide me with a knitting pattern for Adam, I'll be set!


Monday, 11 January 2016

New kids on the block

Dear Diary,

Adam: This story is a bit old but because of being off the computer, it didn't get told.  I've been saving it to tell everyone once we were back online. 

We have a nanny goat named Stoney who was given to us when some friends moved and their new property didn't have enough land to support grazing her.  Little did we know when she arrived to live here that she was pregnant.  Over the course of time she got wider and wider and we waited the arrival of her offspring. On 20 September, I did my morning chores and said hello to the goats.  Later in the day, I went out to the barn to do some chores and as I passed the goat pen I looked in.  To my surprise, this is what I saw:

Stoney, Max & Lola
Stoney had given birth to twins!  This pair couldn't be more than about 8 hours old.  That must have been some delivery!

The next day I went to do my chores and the family was already out of the barn and playing.  The kids are staying close to mum
Goat milking stand in the background.
because she is the feeding station!



They have grown a lot since these photos were taken.  I'll update you soon with more photos.



Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year's resolutions

Dear Diary,

Adam:  It's the day after New Year's Day and we are just getting around to writing a list of resolutions for 2016.  This is my first full year here and I want it to be wonderful for all.  Angelo and I decided we would make a secret list of our goals for this new year.  


"OK, Angelo; what should we write on our list of resolutions?"

"But, Adam, there's nothing on the list!"

"Come down here and help me!"
Angelo:  We spent a lot of time thinking about our resolutions and finally came up with a list of things we can do to improve in this new year.  It looks like Adam has more items on the list than I do!"

"We're not going to tell anyone so no one will be able to chide us for not living up to our resolutions!"
Adam & Angelo:  We wish to all our friends that you spend 2016 dancing to the tune of love and laughter!


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