We have been very lucky not to have to turn on the heat until the end of last week. The week has been mostly beautiful, with bright moonshine and frosty mornings. But the temperature has taken a nose dive, and I have been scrambling to get my chore clothes figured out. Work clothes, as well. Transition seasons are always a little crazy in the clothing department!
My husband and I have been on a quest to find a decent hooded sweatshirt that isn’t as heavy as a Carhartt model. John and I have been wrangling over the same ripped up, saggy hoodie for the last two years and we decided to travel down to Freeport and check out LL Bean. Little did we know that there was a huge pumpkin-carving festival going on (proceeds of which are going to Camp Sunshine). It was wonderful! Some very creative pumpkin carvings. Something like 6,000 pumpkins had been donated. (And we both bought amazing hooded sweatshirts that are lightly lined, and just perfect – in different colors so there should be no thievery!).
It’s a very cloudy, blustery day today, and it didn’t feel like a chore to zip around the Midcoast. We had a very lovely day. I have not been good about blogging in the last week or so, and I have a collection of photos for the post that are random from the last few days. And, it feels like a hot drink kind of evening, although what that might be I just don’t know!
January seems to be slipping by at incredible speed. My asthma has been acting up a little bit and I don’t feel as though I am getting quality sleep… not a shock, really, but always a downer. Between that and the Haiti earthquake and all the snow that has been dumping on us, it’s just been quite the month all around.
The sheep and goats are handling the new scenery with their usual aplomb, however. I must say it does look beautiful out there and it is dazzling today in the sunshine. Any winter day with sunshine is a wonderful thing!
Our friends Kali and Chloe came over to help out with some goat hoof trimming this morning. We got 3 of our 6 girls trimmed up and then took the milking stand over to their house to get two of their goats done. It never seems like it will take a lot of energy, but when we were finished I felt like I could use a good rest :*)
I know that most bloggers have gotten their word out about donating to the Red Cross for Haiti relief, but I will put in my two cents for a couple of organizations that I feel cross all boundaries throughout the world and also put donations to excellent use (I am not knocking the Red Cross, they are wonderful): Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) and the American Friends Service Committee. I am always in awe of the good work that those organizations do; they both seem to be able to get anywhere in the world and do their thing, regardless of the politics in the region. Any of you fiber folk that read Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s blog, YarnHarlot, are aware that she is asking knitters to donate to MSF, email and alert her as to how much you donated, then she is tallying the knitters’ contribution! Kind of a nice thing for us in the fiber community to notice and be proud of. Her goal is $1,000,000 and it is looking like it is close. Today her tally is over $900,000. Way to go knitters!
I am madly working on another scarf section for the American Coopworth Registry’s team entries into the Longest Scarf in the World project to benefit Heifer. Since 2009 was designated by the United Nations as the Year of Natural Fiber, teams of knitters are working together to create scarves (all 9″ wide) out of wool, cotton or any other natural fiber, to be put together at the NY State Sheep and Wool show in Rhinebeck this October. As we knit, we are trying to raise money for each knitted row, to be donated to Heifer to help them keep providing fiber and meat animals to communities around the world.
Our team, the American Coopworth Registry, has a few scarves started, and then we are passing them to other members of the group to continue. Ideally, the organizers asked for knitting journals to accompany each scarf, but in my case, I have dropped that ball (what a surprise!). In the picture above, is the seed stitch piece I am knitting out of my flock’s natural brown wool, DK weight on #4 Peace Fleece wooden needles. (I love these needles). I also have kind of dropped the ball on the raising money part of the project (asking people for money is not something I do well), but I will give a donation when I send this off at the end of September. All the scarf pieces are going to be tied together at the sheep and wool show, and then afterward, will be taken apart and the individual scarves will be sent to charities that provide warm clothing for people around the world. I think it’s a great project on so many levels, I am enjoying it even though we are under a time constraint now! Pam Child of Hatchtown Farm is going to continue knitting on this piece, and who knows, maybe someone else wants to help finish it off… any takers out there?
Coopworth Fiber, LaMancha Dairy Goats and Cheese on the Coast of Maine!