We have been oh-so-sick this week. Croup, strep, and pneumonia. Very. Sick. But thankfully everyone is improving and the terrible part is over. By next SHU we should be recovered and doing much better.
Mr. Smiles couldn’t sleep in any position except on our chests in the recliner for 4 days, so Mtn Man and I took turns overnight and Sunshine and Young Man also pitched in a few times during the day. But for the most part he was in my arms or asleep on my chest all day for four days. Thankfully, I was able to do some knitting when he was asleep, because I was getting very antsy and bored.
We had an interesting “first” in the mill this week. We made our first dog hair yarn. The hair came from a standard poodle, and was mixed 50% with wool from a Lincoln Longwool sheep. It turned out really cool.
The dog hair definitely needed plenty of support from the Longwool, but it is indeed possible to make dog hair into yarn. It turned out pretty and is quite soft – softer than I expected.
We got a good 15-inch dump of snow this week. It is safe to say fall weather is gone and winter weather has arrived here in the Rockies. Last year was a very long, mild fall, this year it was short and colder.
Mrs. Arabel successfully hatched out 4 chicks. That is a pretty low percentage, considering she started with 10, but that sometimes happens with hatching, especially at high altitude. And the cold weather could have something to do with it as well.
But I am happy about the four. We don’t usually hatch in the fall, and with winter cold arriving early I think it will be good for her to only have four because it will be easier for her to successfully keep them all warm even as they grow.
I have started working on the Winter/Christmas cloth placemat and napkin set. Once I finish them I will have all four seasonal sets done!
While I have been working on those, Little Miss and Sunshine have taken it upon themselves to make matching trivet pads with the scraps from all the seasonal sets we have made. When I cut the placemats’ corners off, we end up with a lot of little triangle scraps from the two different placemat fabrics for each season.
We felt like it would be wasteful to just throw those out, so the girls are piecing them together (there are a million different ways to arrange 36 triangles), adding a couple of layers of batting, using the larger scraps of fabric for the back, and making these cool trivet pads that will coordinate with each of my placemat/napkin sets.
Here is a peek at the Autumn/Thanksgiving set, which we are currently using. These are the pads they made:
Which go with these placemats and napkins. Left is Autumn, and right is Thanksgiving:
Once I finish the Winter/Christmas set, I will do a post that shows all four different sets, and the trivet pads that go with them. If you are interested in finding out how we make these, you can click here for the post that shows how.