Monday, June 9, 2008

Knitting "Camp"

What fun!! A friend and I are off to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow to attend workshops at the Knitters Connection being held Wednesday through Sunday. We are taking workshops from Lucy Neatby and Sally Melville on the first two days and then we are going to learn the magic of the mobius from Cat Bordhi (sorry about no link-Blogger doesn't want me to do it! just go to ) on our last day. I'm really excited about this because it's the first time in several years I've been free to take advantage of such opportunities. The yarn shop kept me pretty close to home all that time. I am feeling just a little bit of guilt leaving my husband to cope with all the animals. I still have three lambs taking two bottles a day, plus chickens, llama, dogs and cat----plus the garden. The heat has been stupendous for this early in the summer and when it is hot like this, everything takes more effort. But---I'm not feeling guilty enough to stay home and I'm going with his blessing. I'll be sure to report back on the experience. The most difficult thing I have to do is get my knitting supplies together and decide what to take. Packing my clothes is a secondary consideration!

Saturday was one of those days when we accomplished quite a lot. I sold my first two ewe lambs, though because they are not weaned yet, they won't be leaving until the end of June. It is a bittersweet thing for me. I'm glad I can raise animals nice enough to be wanted by someone else, but it is sad for me to let them go to situations where I have no control. I do have a good feeling about the woman who bought my girls. She has other sheep and angora goats and I liked the way she handled the lambs as she was looking over them. After separating the lambs from their mothers, then ewe lambs from ram lambs, we gave them all their second vaccinations and wormed them again. We don't seem to be having any parasite problems this year. Everyone is remarkably healthy (knock wood!). Having temperatures in the 90's makes it stressful on all involved, so we try to work early in the day.

I'll be back next week with a report on fun times in Columbus.

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