Sunday, July 31, 2011

Zulu Flower Children: The Yarn

Another Picto Create. This one for a picture called Zulu Flower Children. I was going for a wispier look, which I didn't quite achieve. I'll just have to practice on that. I have to say that I have about as much fun having photo shoots with my yarn as I do spinning it. :) This yarn is available for sale here.

Weekend Fun

Miah received a package in the mail: her birthday present from Grandpa and Grandma.

Miah made another puzzle.

Watermelon. And then . . .

The cousins came!
Dress up and making friendship bracelets for the girls.

War and toadstools for the boys.

Cucumber love for me. Besides the cooler full of cucumbers, they brought a gallon of homemade pickles, 3 jars of homemade strawberry and blackberry jam, a gallon of blackberries, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, potatoes, corn on the cob, and tomatoes - all from Grandma and Grandpa's garden!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stopping By

Grandma and Grandpa visited. We had a picnic in the woods, and on the way home Miah and Larkin spotted this nest of blue herons.

Later that evening, we had a cheese party with the cheese I bought at Fromagination in Wisconsin and a couple cheeses my parents brought me from Gatlinburg.

From top left, going clockwise: Burning Melange Gouda, Rosemary Olive Oil Asiago, Buttermilk Cheddar, Butterkase, Cocoa Cardona, Black Sheep Truffle, and in the center Eagle Cave Reserve. All really really yummy. I can't even pick a favorite.

These cheeses take a little bit of bravery. I don't care for the St. Nectaire or Bermuda Triangle, but the Cremeux de Bourgiogne with honey is divine. I only wish I could spread it on some warm homemade bread.

I love watching everybody try the different cheeses and hearing their opinions. I thought Zahana was especially fun to watch since she's not afraid to try anything and likes quite a bit.

After that, play time!

Zahana was cracking us up with her preferred method of entry, a sort of flying belly flop.

And Rohan had us rolling with his exits. He kind of just spilled out the side like a floppy fish.

We love it when grandma and Grandpa visit!

Got Milk?

Finally, I can say YES! We've been without our raw milk for a couple months at least. We had switched to a closer source, which ended up being very unreliable. In order to go back to where I was getting milk before, I would have to pay a lot to get the cow shares back. Plus, there's all the driving to pick up the milk which is a hassle. So we just decided to have our own little milkers in the back yard. Don't have to drive, don't have to buy shares and a monthly "boarding fee", don't have to rely on anyone else.

We drove 5 hours to get a goat already in milk. Miah occupied herself with the drop spindle on the way. And we listened to hours and hours of The Story of the World.

Here they are, safe at home. Niankhe on the left is a Nubian/Nigerian Dwarf cross. Sapphire on the right is a Nigerian Dwarf/Silkie cross.

Children eagerly awaiting their milk. Niankhe is the one milking right now, and Sapphire is pregnant, due to kid in early December.

Oh. Did I say we wouldn't have to depend on anyone else? Well, that's not entirely true. We depend on the goats, which are too unsettled and too stubborn to be happy about producing milk for me right now. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy sitting and milking, although I am very slow. And maybe it's my slowness that's causing Niankhe to be less than cooperative. But we are getting some fresh milk. And we all love it.

Oh happy day!

Oh happy happy day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

My First Picto Creates

This is my first tailspun yarn and my first yarn made for the Picto Create group on Ravelry. It's Wensleydale locks, soy silk, cotton, and some blue mystery wool. It is available here.
The picture is Water Serpents I by Klimt.

And my second Picto Create, "Color Feast", which is already sold (Yay!)

And another yarn. I just can't decide what to do with this one. It feels unfinished to me, but I don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

Linking up at Fiber Arts Friday and Creative Friday.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Busy Big Ones

My big ones have been busily happy too. Here's what they've been up to.





Sculpting. Jeremiah's on the left, Miah's on the right.