Kristi from KazFarms kindly took this picture and sent it to me. She had corralled the Shetlands in a stall for their vet check. They are now up to date on all their shots, registrations, inter-state travel papers, etc. And while she had them in a stall, she gave them all manis and pedis! Kristi said that if they look a little glassy eyed in the photo, it's because they were so surprised at being flipped! OMG, I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself.
The Professor and I have been working all week to get ready for their arrival. I cleaned out the run-in shed, spread fresh straw, and mucked the front pasture. The Professor installed wire fencing under the existing split rail to prevent break outs. He has also rigged up the dog crate and a hog panel divider so we can safely travel with three sheep in the back of our Honda Fit! (This should be interesting. I just read about a woman who travelled with five children and three goats. She said the children and the goats did fine, but it took the car awhile to recover)!
Saturday is the big day, and it will be a long one. We have to be on the road by 6 am, and hopefully we will get home sometime around 7 pm.
Other exciting news for the week: I knit another mitten using a different pattern of my own creation, combining it with fair isle patterns, and working out some problems from last week. It came out much better! I was just making it so difficult for myself, trying to do increasing and decreasing in pattern, figuring out the thumb gusset, and just about crashing my little hard drive. I swear there was smoke coming out of my ears for about a week! And then it dawned on me, a mitten is just a tube; a tube with a hole in it for the thumb. Once I realized that, it was full steam ahead. I am designing the mitten so it can be worn on either hand, and each mitten will be different patterns, but in the same colorways to prevent second mitten syndrome (similar to second sock syndrome, you finish one and loose interest).
I haven't been as busy in the kitchen this week, but we have been eating the best we ever have: everything fresh and homemade! The Professor made the most delicious eggplant parm. Someone at work gave him the eggplant, and it just got better with time so that we didn't mind having it for a couple of days. He used my homemade tomato sauce and parmesan cheese that I get at the Regional Market. Yum!
However, I did make homemade granola.
And for Sari, here is the recipe, handed down to me from my neighbor, Barb, many years ago:
4 c. oats
2-1/2 c. coconut (optional)
1-3/4 c. chopped nuts (optional)
1 stick butter
1 c. honey
1-3/4 c. raisins (optional)
4 c. flake cereal (optional)
Mix oats, coconut, nuts, and flakes in a 13" x 9" baking dish.
Melt butter. Stir in honey. Pour this over the oat mixture and mix well.
Bake at 225 degrees for 1-1/2 - 3 hours. (1-1/2 hours if you like chewy granola; 3 hours for crunchy).
When done, add raisins, and cool. Keep in airtight container.
The only ingredients I had in the cupboard were oats, honey, and butter; but it came out great, and we have been having breakfasts and snacks of yogurt/granola/craisins/almonds all week. I forgot how good homemade granola is, and will never buy box cereal again!
My class went much better last week. As students arrived, I had them sit on the floor in a circle, and I introduce felting and talked about what we would be doing. I think that gave them a chance to quiet down and focus. I had a lot of books, pictures, and samples for them to look at; then I did a demo on how to make felt balls. We used the Kool-Aid dyed roving from the workshop the previous week. Here's a felt ball ornament I made as a sample:
One thing I learned is that felt balls are kind of hard for the kids to make. If you don't wrap it just right, you get these craters running through your ball. You can keep adding layers of roving to try to correct this, but the kids were getting frustrated! Then one of my students starting making felt "snakes" by rolling it between her palms like you would Play Dough. You can make bracelets with the felt "snakes," and maybe even braid them. Don't they say you learn more every time you teach? Well, I put this one in my notes, just in case (keep your fingers crossed) there is a next time!
Well, those are the words for the week from The Fleeceful Kingdom. Be happy, and knit on!