Winter returns

Handdyed, handspun cashgora yarn (by a spinner in Tajikistan)
Handdyed, handspun cashgora yarn (by a spinner in Tajikistan)

I can truthfully say we are still waiting for our goat babies.  The spring-like weather is disappearing tonight, and we face some crazy windchills in the next few days, and I am down with the chest flu (milder than it could be if I had not had my flu shot, but it’s punched me up a bit).

And so we hope that we do not have to have babies arrive with 20-40 mph wind gusts, but if we do, we will manage.  I do not use heat lamps, as straw, hay and inquisitive goats all make for a very volatile situation.  We rely on windbreaks, getting babies dry quickly, and getting them fed up with colostrum ASAP (and lots and lots of straw).  And so we continue our sleepless nights, but tonight I have a reprieve and Sam is doing the late night and early morning checks.  Maybe by the end of the day tomorrow I will feel better :*)

Kiwi Pop Studio yarn
Kiwi Pop Studio yarn

In the meantime, I am resting and ogling my NETA Spa purchases, and also my raffle win.  I am totally over the moon with my Tajik handspun/handdyed cashgora yarn from Casey at Port Fiber, my purchases from Cari Balbo/Ridge Pond Herbals, and also my very unexpected skein of yarn from the raffle at the Spa Fashion Show (Kiwi Pop Studio)!  I have to consult Ravelry for a nice project that will make the most of my cashgora yarn, and for my raffle prize, I am beginning to picture it as an accent to a larger shawl project.  Not sure where I will go with that one, it is not one of those skeins that would have called to me all alone, but now that I have it home, I really see the potential of the sparkle and the glitz and color!

Cari Balbo's Ridge Pond Herbals eye balm, hand cream, tallow face cream, and solid bar skin cream
Cari Balbo’s Ridge Pond Herbals eye balm, hand cream, tallow face cream, and solid bar skin cream

It’s all good, and the whole point of the Spa weekend at the end of February is still just as compelling as it was 15 years ago:  it’s a great break during the winter to meet up with fiber friends and just have a great time relaxing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and generally having a good time, with a lot of laughs.  The spur to keep up the good spirits until the warmth returns late in the spring.  And so it goes.  Nice.  Very nice!

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6 thoughts on “Winter returns”

  1. Be well! That yarn is lovely, and I’ll be waiting to hear about the babies.

  2. Feel better, Nina!  I hope you recover before the babies start rolling in. :)I heard about NETA years ago from Sherry Wilding-White and have been jealous ever since.  A whole weekend of unstructured fiber arts and friends sounds so fabulous… I have never been particularly interested in the retreats with the classes and activities scheduled for every moment, it sounded like a lot of work.  However, a chance to just hang out with other fiber friends and be away from home?  That sounds marvelous.I sure need one about now… Sending you a big refuah shleimah, and virtual chicken soup…:) Joanne  From the Outside InKnit Green: 20 Projects & Ideas for SustainabilityFiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 20 Projects Inspired by America’s Festivals 

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  3. Thanks, Joanne! Unfortunately, they did not wait, but it’s awesome to see your twin girls this morning. I thank you for the well-wishes!

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